In humanizing the two [Princess Diana and Dodi Al-Fayed] in life and in death (there are no “ghosts” here), juxtaposed against the reigning monarch’s stoicism and commitment to grating tradition, the show invites the audience to consider the choices made by the British royal family, which have contributed to its relic-like state.
I think the controversy of "Diana ghost" is not valid at all, it is just some reflection of Diana's journey with Prince Charles and the queen. The acting is still on point, can't wait to watch the remaining sex episodes.
If the writing on The Crown Season 6 Part 1 falls a bit short where it counts the most, the cast at least delivers the goods. Imelda Staunton is still the most ineffectual Queen Elizabeth II the show’s produced, but she’s no longer in the spotlight, so it’s fine. Instead, The Crown Season 6 Part 1 belongs to Princess Diana and Elizabeth Debicki.
Blame it on the subject matter, or perhaps merely the difference between more recent events and decades-old ones, but The Crown has saved the worst for last, following its disjointed fifth season with a sixth that feels more tabloid-y and less stately.
Yes, the audience knows it’s coming, but with each ominous reference and blatant tease, it becomes harder and harder to believe her final days were anything like this. Forgetting verisimilitude, it also makes for vapid drama. “The Crown” is so preoccupied with one of the Royal family’s most infamous tragedies, it does little to develop anyone else.
NOTE: I've only seen the first four episodes, since Netflix released this in two parts.
The Guardian gave series six a one-star review...what ridiculous click-bait journalism!
Generally, the first four episodes of S6 make for compelling viewing. Elizabeth Debicki's performance as Diana isn't just an uncannily accurate portrayal with regards mannerisms and voice, but is nuanced and emotionally rich. Elsewhere, Dominic West proves he was the right actor to play Charles (v3) [or should that be Charles III] after all.
Yes, the dialogue is contrived in places; that characters often muse about the general 'state of affairs' is a key aspect of the show, but rather overused. (Particularly, I found it grating that Charles was so poised and articulate just minutes of screen-time after Diana's death...could he have delayed going all philosophical about it just a *touch* longer? Felt a bit inhuman.) Elsewhere, while the tension leading up to that fateful night in Paris is palpable across the second and third episode, the actual final moments before the crash seem rushed somehow, and don't deliver the heart-in-your-throat impact it deserved. (The makers were correct not to be explicit regarding the violence of the crash, but still, The Crown has combined imagery and music to much more memorable effect than this, especially in the glory days of seasons one and two. Felt like a lost opportunity for a very powerful and heart-breaking moment.)
But on the whole, these opening four episodes captured that surreal summer of '97 in England with skill. The insidious presence of the paparazzi crescendoes through the first three episodes and feels genuinely disturbing. A note from Al-Fayed suggesting a weekend in Paris cleverly served as a cliff-hanger in its own right, such is the intensity of the dramatic irony at play here.
There's plenty of well-directed and well-acted scenes in these episodes, and the writing is a great deal better than reviews will have you believe. It feels like a return to form after the comparative disappointment of seasons four and especially five, which I felt had the right ingredients but a surprising lack of memorable moments.
Awful, trite, nonsense. The Guardian review seems to be the only sensible write-up of this appalling show I've seen. They described it as 'so bad it’s basically an out-of-body experience' and gave it 1 star. I couldn't agree more. A Diana-obsessed melodrama even Mills and Boon would be embarrassed to publish. Ghastly TV for celebrity-obsessed personalities-in-crisis.