I am a Republican (in the sense that I don't like monarchies as forms of government). It is a direct consequence of being born in a country with a royal family to endure. So when I started watching this Netflix series about Queen Elizabeth II it was very skeptical. But soon I became an absolute subject of The crown.
Two long years have passed since the second season of this historical soap opera premiered. Since then some things have changed. Instead of opting for aging technology or prosthetic makeup, the protagonists of The crown They have been changed to older actors. Olivia Colman from Fleabag Yreplaces Claire Foy as the older version of Queen Elizabeth II. Tobias Menzies (Outlander) is left with the role of Matt Smith playing her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh. And Helena Bonham Carter releases her inner diva to play Princess Margaret.
Season 3 of The crown It will be available on Netflix on November 17 and will not disappoint fans of the series. It is satisfactory, it is perfectly narrated and interpreted. But in these new episodes they could have used Bonham Carter a little more.
It's 1964 and Queen Elizabeth, with her inseparable bag, is looking at two portraits of her profile. In the young version it looks like Foy, who played the character in the first two seasons of the series. In the older version, Colman is represented. "Age is rarely kind to anyone," the queen reflects as she contemplates both pieces.
Age is not the only thing that has her worried. Harold Wilson is going to be the new prime minister of the United Kingdom and there are rumors about him. It is said that he could be a KGB agent and a communist.
The queen's husband has problems of his own. Is bored. Try to help the supplier of the queen's paintings by giving her opinion on the pieces to be selected for an exhibition on the royal collection. But the duke lacks culture. He has no idea who Carracci or Gentileschi are. Not only that, he doesn't even realize that Gentileschi is in fact a woman. Then there is Margaret. His last maid left for "nervous exhaustion." The queen's sister lies in bed smoking with a mouthpiece, wondering where her husband, the photographer, has gone. Next to it is a cushion that says: "It's not easy being a princess."
That is precisely one of the issues that this season wants to expose: how exhausting it can be to be part of the royal family, although sometimes they are expected to do absolutely nothing. "Having no paper or anything to do destroys my soul," Margaret pleads with her sister this season, asking her to share part of the crown's obligations. She is not the only one to complain about work.
"Mommy, I have a voice," tries to explain Prince Charles (Josh O'Connor) to his mother. She simply makes it clear that nobody wants to hear that voice. Neither the country nor the family. Being the crown heir has consequences and a huge price on a personal level.
One of my biggest complaints about this season is the way Bonham Carter is wasted. I am aware that this is The crown and not Princess Margaret or Margaretology (the title of one of my favorite episodes of the season). But there are whole episodes in which we do not see the actress or in which all she does is appear divinely dressed for tea or dinner with the family and little else. Margaret's husband describes her as: "A natural number one whose tragedy has been born number two." Seeing The crown I couldn't stop thinking about what this series (and the story) would be like if Margaret had been queen instead of Elizabeth.
But Colman fans are going to be happy. If Queen Anne of The Favorite the actress was worth an Oscar, this Queen Elizabeth could be what she gets an Emmy. He has interpreted two queens in a relatively short period making them look, sound and react in completely different ways. For this queen, Colman chooses to do less, look severe and show hardly any emotion. As his character says this season: "The crown does not give the show."
As in previous seasons, The crown It satisfies all my soap opera needs and leaves me with the feeling that I have learned a little history. Each of the 10 episodes that season 3 has contains a moment in the history of the United Kingdom, such as the discovery of a spy at the top of British institutions, the investiture of the Prince of Wales, the death of 116 children and 28 adults because of the accident in Aberfan, the production of a controversial documentary about the royal family, the trip that the queen made to Kentucky to learn a little more about horse breeding or the American tour of Princess Margaret during which she danced with President Lyndon B. Johnson.
I know you shouldn't take me The crown Like a documentary I doubt that his majesty and Prime Minister Wilson had conversations as therapeutic as those represented in this series. But this fiction is a good starting point to research a little or just read an article or two from Wikipedia.
The crown It is also a drama that challenges British society, especially as the series approaches recent events in history. This season shows us the inclusion of the United Kingdom in the European Economic Community. "We are together in this European initiative, a great adventure awaits us," says the queen. He ends his speech with a premonitory "L'union fait la force", which is difficult to digest in 2019 and with Brexit threatening.
The series, which will have a fourth season with Gillian Anderson playing Margaret Thatcher, highlights many of the things that have happened during Elizabeth's reign. But let it be the spectator who reaches his own conclusions about the type of monarch he is. Therefore, you can be both a fan of royalty and a Republican and be equally subjugated by The crown.