The Crown (Season 3), 2019
Signed up the 28/03/2017
The Crown's third season continues to exact why the series consistently stands-off with the greats every awards season. This speaks to how delicate and thrilling a story Netflix can offer up when they're not in the business of crowd-pulling* more than they care for quality.
This is isn't a show that you can switch on, quickly binge, switch off and carry right on with your life. The Crown will instantly have you hooked. It will have you questioning history, investigating it, contrasting fact from fiction until your head bops off. Isn't that what film and television is all about afterall, completely losing yourself in it?
This season dives right into the famous moon-landing era, where the United State of America, a former colony of the English Empire*, beats Queen Elizabeth II to the moon, after 200 years of the U.S. having detached itself from England. This is an interesting time in history for anyone across the world for various reasons, but what is imperative is diving deep into how the Monarch of an ancient* institution reacts to the news of being bested by a former underling? How did she recieve the news emotionally? Did she order them be besieged? Lost herself in all her burdens and duty? Did she let it be as gracefully as could be?
All of these are centered and folded into a slowburner of a season, offering insight of the Sovereign Queen of England and those surrounding her. Disappointingly though, there isn't much character study into the Queen herself beyond the subject matter at hand and her working to see her Kingdom through it, which is a shame because Oscar-winning Olivia Colman thrives in a character much congested by emotion and chaos.
This is not to say that Colman isn't explosive in every manner you can imagine each time she graces the screen. She gives an Emmy-winning performance without a doubt. What brings true agony, though, is the fact that Prince Philip is explored more as a character, leaving The Crown herself bleeding out the surface-level characterisation offered to her.
The score. Oh, the score. Bless the lord of compositions himself, Hans Zimmer, for setting the tone for the show's musical direction with that evocative opening theme. This is probably the series' best season in score yet. Every piece of brass, every string, every echo and drum moving like a chess chest piece in the hands of a daring strategist. The music itself could carry half of the season's visceral impact. I'd trust an articulate composer like Martin Phipps to tell a story of the ages through song after this.
Adriano Goldman as the show's Director of Photography is one of the best things that could happen to it. He knows exactly what imaginary each scene needs for maximum impact, he is meticulous and he is very confident of his sublime nature of creativity. This is probably top 5 most beautiful shows to look at- rivaling of Game of Thrones, Fargo, True Detective and Mindhunter, if anyone's is curious.
Every actor here deserves award recognition, or at least a mention at the old watercooler. There's something magical about watching each of them perform. Everyone knows that they're an intricate part of the crown jewel of the biggest streaming network of this new age, and nobody wants to be the one who dropped the ball. What I said about the music is true to every other aspect of this show, especially its images, production design, costumes- it's like witnessing an intense, beautiful game of chess.
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