THINK YOU KNOW THE ROYAL FAMILY? 'The Crown' Season 5 reviews are in and the reaction is astounding!
The first wave of reviews call the Netflix series as 'high quality' as the other seasons and praises performances of all the actors
Netflix’s blockbuster series ‘The Crown’ is set to enthrall viewers with its highly-anticipated Season 5 and fans cannot wait to see some of the most scandalous moments in the royal family’s history on their screens. However, a handful of critics were able to watch the upcoming season in advance and the first wave of reviews has finally started pouring in, and fans would be happy to know that the series has returned with another extraordinary season.
The official synopsis of Season 5 reads, “The fifth edition of the Netflix drama series sees Queen Elizabeth II approaching the 40th anniversary of her accession and trouble is brewing closer to home. King Charles wants to divorce his wife Princess Diana and talk about the same with his mother. When Diana saw that the family and media are going against her, she decides to take control of her own narrative and broke the family protocol to publish a book that exposes the cracks in the House of Windsor.”
Adam Bloodworth of City Am gave Season 5 of ‘The Crown’ a positive review and said the latest season is “as supremely high quality as any of the other seasons.” In his review, he also noted that the fifth edition is “less fun” than Season 4, but he seemed okay with it because things are getting serious on the show. The review also praised the performances of Imelda Staunton and Dominic West and noted that they are really outstanding. However, it is Elizabeth Debicki who gives a career-defining performance by portraying Princess Diana effortlessly.
Meanwhile, Sanjeeta Bains of The Mirror says the series shows Diana having two personalities. On one hand, she is fun, charming, and playful. On the other hand, she is portrayed as a “pitiful sad, lonely, friendless, and teary figure.” The critic praised how the series handled Diana’s personality and noted that fans of Diana would love Debicki’s charismatic performance. However, she did say that some of the casting choices are not as great as the previous editions.
On the other hand, Ken Lennox of Metro gave the series four stars and wrote, “For all her glamour, kindness and humor, the Diana who reached out and stroked the back of people’s hands if they looked sad, would never have wanted to be forgotten by future generations. This series of The Crown is a fitting legacy indeed.”
Aidan Smith from The Scotsman wrote in his review that Season 5 if filled with “tender moments, good jokes, and great performances” but it didn’t give enough shocking moments as the trailers had promised. In his review, he also praised Imelda Staunton’s “winning” portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II.
However, Queen's biographer Robert Hardman shredded the show while writing a review for Daily Mail and called it "10 hours of cruel conjecture and fabrication artfully wrapped around a skeleton of real events." Hardman also noted that the cast is good, but didn't shy away from saying that "no amount of talent can atone for the flaws in the dirtiest of soaps."
The first wave of reviews indicates that Netflix has a winner in its hand and ‘The Crown’ continues its extraordinary legacy with a stupendous season.
Apart from the aforementioned cast members, other actors to feature in the show include Lesley Manville (Princess Margaret), Johnny Lee Miller (PM John Major), Flora Montgomery (Norma Major), Olivia Williams (Camilla Parker Bowles), Bertie Carvel (PM Tony Blair), and Marcia Warren (Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother).
‘The Crown’ Season 5 will premiere exclusively on Wednesday, November 9, on Netflix.