The Crown Season 5 is the fifth season of a historical drama television series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, created and principally written by Peter Morgan and produced by Left Bank Pictures and Sony Pictures Television for Netflix. (Wikipedia)
The Crown Season 5 arrives with a brand new cast as the series time-jumps into the 1990s. Initially, this is problematic as many of the new cast do not seem to fit the roles as well as the two previous sets of cast members. This is especially true of Dominic West playing Prince Charles. While West is a competent enough actor, he is simply too good looking to play the goofy-looking big-eared Charles. That said, Elizabeth Debecki does a fabulous job stepping into the role of Princess Di. Despite the obvious differences in height compared to the real Di, Debecki inhabits masterfully and often can be mistaken for Princess of Wales.
Considering how relatively recent the events depicted in this season are – 30 years – most will be familiar with the newsworthy items of that day. For example, the infamous leaked phone convo between Charles and Camila, the Panorama interview with Di and so on. Thus, there are no too many surprises especially for avid watches of the British Royals.
Though overall, The Crown Season 5 is probably the weakest in the series thus far, there are episodes that truly shine. Episode 3 with the focus on Mohammed Al-Fayed and his valet Sydney Johnson is the standout along with episode 6 concerning the assassinated Romanov (Russian royal family) with the rest serviceable but nowhere as memorable as the first 4 seasons. Imelda Stanton and Jonathan Pryce are competent enough as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip respectively but not a patch on the previous actors who portrayed the royal couple. Just about worth watching but keep your expectations low.
Watch The Crown Season 5 on Netflix.
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