As someone who does not feel strongly either way about the royals, I would not usually watch something like The Crown. I love history so I have enjoyed a lot of similar media. Given that it is focused on the Royal Family I was not immediately drawn to it. Although, given the popularity that The Crown has seen recently, I thought it was worth watching. I am very glad that I gave it a chance.
Firstly, there is impeccable acting on show from a great cast. Matt Smith has an insane amount of charisma as always. He is magnetic as Prince Phillip; he brings an ability to tell a story without saying a word.
John Lithgow brings his usual screen presence to the role of Winston Churchill. Admittedly, he did stick out like a sore thumb at first, it was hard to see him as anything other than John Lithgow. However, at some point in the first episode, the American fully slipped into the role.
Claire Foy is a personable and charming protagonist with a strategic, crafty streak. These are qualities that I did not know described Queen Elizabeth. This is because we have previously seen very little of what she is like personally.
This and the historical nature of the show make it feel very rewarding. It is an interesting watch but you know you are learning at the same time. It feels productive. In spite of it being non-fiction, it is stylish and dramatically shot, like box set television. I am sure there are instances in which events have been embellished for dramatic effect but it is so enjoyable that I do not mind.
It doesn’t matter if you are anti-establishment or a full blown royalist, The Crown is simply an enjoyable watch. The locations, lighting and Windsor accent all cooperate to make a relaxing atmosphere. It all just washes over you.