Clearly, Elizabeth Debicki steals the show
“The Crown” stands out as one of the most meticulously crafted series of all time. In the opening of Season 6, Part 1, we find ourselves near the infamous Parisian tunnel, where the world lost one of its most famous women. The car crash that occurred there continues to resonate for years. The initial two episodes lay the foundation for the unfolding drama, yet watching Diana’s misery and personal struggles somehow felt personal. The British royal family appears vulnerable, relying heavily on their press representatives and secretary to shape opinions, even about those close to them.
Despite the slow-paced narrative, writer Peter Morgan injects compelling moments that keep viewers engaged. The series takes a critical look at Paparazzi culture and Mohammed Fayed, subtly attributing Diana’s death to these influences. Salim Daw and Khalid Abdallah deliver impressive performances, conveying the palpable pressure and tension within their father-son portrayal.
However, it’s Elizabeth Debicki who truly steals the show. Her portrayal of Diana captivates with expressive eyes, nuanced body language and a striking resemblance. During a conversation with Dodi in the fourth episode, Diana poignantly describes her life as ‘constantly dashing away, losing sight of herself’. The unexpected scenes where Diana’s ghost converses with Charles and Queen Elizabeth are emotional highlights. While the idea of bringing Diana’s ghost into these conversations may make Queen Elizabeth roll in her grave, these moments are impactful, evoking tears during Diana’s Paparazzi chase scene and revealing the tender bond between Young Prince William, Harry and their mother.
Prince Charles’s emotional breakdown in the aftermath is an unexpected turn that portrays the British royal family in a warmer light. His poignant line, “Paris…one of the busiest cities in the world, and you brought it to a standstill,” underscores the gravity of Diana’s death, leaving an indelible impression. The scene where Diana’s ghost converses with Queen Elizabeth adds a bitter note, as the queen blames her for upheaving The House of Windsor. Yet, it also convinces both the audience and the queen herself that Diana was no ordinary woman. Breaking free from her royal mould, Queen Elizabeth acknowledges and sympathizes with Diana’s death, recognizing her impact on the country. Elizabeth Debicki’s performance, combined with these poignant moments, ensures that “The Crown” remains a series that lingers in the viewer’s heart and mind long after one watches the show.
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