Complaints about The Crown turned into high-profile condemnations: NPR

the crown It has long raised complaints about its accuracy (or lack thereof) – but those concerns turned into high-profile condemnations in the show’s fifth season. Above, Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II.


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the crown It has long raised complaints about its accuracy (or lack thereof) – but those concerns turned into high-profile condemnations in the show’s fifth season. Above, Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II.


Easy to understand how the timing of the fifth season of the crown It can be embarrassing to mock or ridicule the scandals of the British royal family just two months after the death of Queen Elizabeth II and her son becoming King Charles III. It is easy to understand how this can lead to panic and complaint.

But this is not a version the crown which we have.

the crown It always raised some complaints about the fact that it’s not literally accurate in its details – in fact, creator Peter Morgan has always admitted that it’s a fictionalized version of what could happen behind the scenes. But with the fifth season, renewed condemnations and an invitation from No less than Mrs. Judi Dench For Netflix to add a disclaimer to each episode stating that they are fiction. (Netflix didn’t do this.)

In particular, former Prime Minister John Major objected to a scene in the first episode of the season where Charles, now played by Dominic West, comes to Major, played by Johnny Lee Miller, to talk about something sensitive. What he wants to talk about is the idea that his mother has been queen long enough, and maybe it’s time to think about a change in the country’s interest. In other words, he wants Major to explore the possibility of urging her to step down so that Charles becomes king. (Keep in mind that this was going to happen somewhere around 1991, so he had to wait another 30 years to become king. If he was trying to speed things up, it didn’t work.) Major says this meeting never happenedwould not have happened or could have happened, and his invention is “harmful”.

Obviously, given that Charles eventually became king when his mother died, it’s embarrassing to suggest that he was impatient. But his passion was framed, at least in part, as an element of greater interest in modernizing the monarchy and a concern that by the time he became king, the institution might be damaged.

Regardless of this single scene, the overall tone of the crown He has always been particularly sympathetic to Elizabeth and Prince Philip, whose romance cemented its first season, but actually for the whole family. They are constantly portrayed as people whose lives are devoted to duty in a way that is largely out of their control, and the intense focus on their emotions and impulses takes attention away from institutional questions such as cost and colonization that are not necessarily about whether people are kind or in love with one another. Just seeing their feelings as the most important thing in these people makes them tempt them.

Moreover, even with regard to the “scandals” covered in this season, including the breakdown of Charles and Diana’s marriage, the filming is very nice. Charles and Camilla’s love story is given a warm, serious glow of frustration criss-crossed with the stars, and the violation of their privacy when tapes of their phone calls are released prevails over any sense of excitement. Diana is unholy. She is shown loving towards her sons but at times irritating and unreasonable, foolish and short-sighted. Elizabeth Debicki’s performance is pretty solid on these notes and in general, but the only place she might be missing a bit is Diana’s ability to at least appear warm in public. (In fairness, of course, this is the part of the story where everyone is starting to look a bit bad.)

Surely, if you are a pure king who believes that the proper way to treat this family is an untouchable divine way, she is entitled to power without question, then the crown It will bother you. If you think of them as horrible people who live out of the public eye, this is actually a better promo than that and more deserving of public understanding. Morgan settles into a kind of “decent human being as flawed as everyone else, born into circumstances not in their view”. It’s humane, for lack of a better term. And whether you think that’s a little sympathy or a lot depends mostly on what you’re looking for from the royal family – and whether you’re looking for anything at all.

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