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The fifth season of the Netflix hit, with a new cast including Imelda Staunton as the queen, depicts the royal family at its lowest point.
Has “The Crown” fatigue set in for you yet? Peter Morgan’s popular vivisection of the British royal family, back for its fifth season on Netflix after a two-year wait, has consumed more than its share of pixels, including three feature articles in this newspaper. So we’ll try to keep it short.
The show’s new and final Queen Elizabeth II is Imelda Staunton (“Vera Drake,” “Another Year”), and she is splendid. Playing the monarch in her late 60s, coping with the 1990s meltdown of the family’s public image, Staunton seems even more right for the role than her Emmy-winning predecessors, Claire Foy and Olivia Colman. (The season was filmed before Elizabeth’s death in September at the age of 96.)
It may help that she is playing an Elizabeth we’re more familiar with, facing tribulations many of us witnessed. Still, she combines warmth and unforced regality in a way that makes her the most human of the show’s queens. Her Elizabeth is dry-eyed and on guard, but the toll of the office is always apparent. Staunton is stunning in a moment near midseason when, after confronting a woman whose friendship with Prince Philip is a bit too close, Elizabeth almost lets a tear escape.
Staunton doesn’t get nearly as many vital moments as you would like, however. That’s partly because the season is focused on Charles and Diana, now played by Dominic West and Elizabeth Debicki. But it’s also down to how Morgan, who scripted the entire season, writes episodes as self-contained morality tales, emphasizing the construction of complicated metaphors over the mundane business of building characters.
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MPAA rating : NR (Not Rated)
Package Dimensions : 7.48 x 5.43 x 0.67 inches; 5.29 Ounces
Media Format : NTSC, DVD, Subtitled
Run time : 8 hours and 56 minutes
Release date : October 17, 2023
Actors : Imelda Staunton, Jonathan Pryce, Lesley Manville, Dominic West, Jonny Lee Miller
Dubbed: : French
Studio : SONY
ASIN : B0C3WV89CB
Country of Origin : USA
Number of discs : 4