The Crown Season 4 Review: The Series Starring Olivia Colman, Gillian Anderson, Emma Corrin Is The Crowning Glory, Or Is It? The Answer Is An Emphatic YES

The Crown is worth every bit of that jewel that adorns it. Season 4 of the series stands at a fascinating crossroad and we can't wait for November 2021.

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The Crown Season 4 Review: The Series Starring Olivia Colman, Gillian Anderson, Emma Corrin Is The Crowning Glory, Or Is It? The Answer Is An Emphatic YES

Having invested 40 hours of  my  life  in this, one of the finest  serials that Netflix has produced, ten of those hours  in  the last  four days  unwilling to miss  a single  beat  from the episodes  collectively  constituting Season  4, the  question I asked  myself  was, ‘Was it worth it?’And the answer is an emphatic yes! I can’t wait for the next season, to experience more about the vulnerabilities and transgressions of Britain’s most revered royal family. Gosh, if this family can be so muddled in its priorities, who are we?

In its   4-year existence, The Crown has made us loyal to the Royal. The first season featured Claire Foy as Princess Elizabeth. Ms Foy’s attempts to come to terms with her thorny crown were majestically portrayed. Most of us became subjects to the Crown in Season 1. Season 2 featured the same cast. But the struggle for  Princess-Queen Elizabeth to find her bearings was diversified into several new channels, giving Season 2  a bigger emotional heft than 1.

Season 3  brought in the acclaimed Olivia Colman as Elizabeth. I’ve always had a problem in accepting Ms Colman’s reputation as a great actress. No matter what she plays, she looks stricken, anxious that the roast chicken in the oven may burn and the dinner guests would have to go home unfed. Not that Queen Elizabeth needs to do even a day of cooking in her life. But you get my drift? 

In Season 4  Ms Coleman’s Elizabeth allows herself to be walked all over by Gillian Anderson’s Margaret Thatcher every time they meet over tea. Why only  Maggie! The Queen looks lost (remember the roast in the oven?)  even when sparring with her feisty sister Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter, one of the highlights of the series)  or exchanging barbs with her patient bemused silently suffering husband Prince Philip (Tobias Menzies, uniformly brilliant). I wish Ms Colman would show some added spunk in her habitual stonecold demeanour.

In this season’s best episode (5), a psychologically disturbed stranger Michael Fagan (Tom Brooke, incredibly in-character)  walks right into the Queen’s bedroom to discuss the state of Britain's economy brought to the brink by  Margaret Thatcher.

 Ms Anderson’s  Ms Thatcher begins as though she were caricaturing the original (something that Meryl Streep never did in The Iron  Lady) and then the clever articulate performance gradually settles into being a source of illimitable power and impact.  It won’t be wrong to say Gillian Anderson stands heads and shoulders above the stellar cast in   Season 4.

As for debutante Emma Corrin’s  Princess Diana, what can I say except…awwww!  The role is written in flattering shades. Diana is an imp, a  gamine, a  child of whimsy, a breath of fresh air, and Ms Corrin just let her Diana play to the galleries. Opposite her, Josh O’Connor (an actor I usually like) comes across as such a sexist wimp. I am sorry to say  O’Connor has gone through the entire series playing Charles with one dour expression. He resents Diana getting all the attention in their marriage and the best part of this scene-stealing royal deal is, we are never sure if Diana is innocently playing to the galleries or doing it deliberately. What we are sure of is,  Season 4 of  The Crown is heavily weighed against Prince Charles. While Diana can do no wrong,  he can do nothing else.

At the end of Season 4, the Crown stands at a fascinating crossroad. We know exactly where this would go. But the journey is no less intriguing and engaging for it. Can we skip the rest of the year and go straight to November in 2021?

The Crown season 4 gets 4 stars! 

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