With the long-awaited return of the much-loved Netflix series The Crown around the corner, early reviews have promised that viewers will not be disappointed in the new season.
Season three of the premiere of the Golden Globe-winning show on November 17 after a two-year break.
The latest episode – which runs for 13 years from 1964 to 1977 – has a completely new cast to mark the passage of time.
Olivia Colman takes over from Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, Tobias Menzies replaces Matt Smith as Prince Philip and Helena Bonham Carter, 53, steps up to play Princess Margaret, previously played by Vanessa Kirby.
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The Crown returns: Netflix unveiled a new poster for the show on Tuesday with a regal Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies and Josh O & # 39; Connor
Olivia Colman (photo) stepped into the role of the queen, previously played by Claire Foy
Although there is absolutely no doubt that Colman, 45, Foy & # 39; s shoes did an excellent job, some believe that the performance of the other newcomers was somewhat bland.
Ed Power of the Independent reported that Colman & # 39; brilliantly inhabits the Elizabeth we all know and take for granted & # 39; but the critic said Menzies, 45, & # 39; less convincing & # 39; was in inheriting the role of Philip.
Power compared Menzies' representation of the Duke of Edinburgh with a & # 39; uncomplicated imitation & # 39; and said that he never & # 39; fully lives in the & # 39; role.
In the third and fourth season, Colman takes over the role of Foy while Tobias Menzies follows in the footsteps of Matt Smith as Prince Philip
Helena Bonham Carter plays princess Margaret, and fans get to see the turbulent journey in the marriage of Margaret and Lord Snowdon (Ben Daniels, photo)
The power called Bonham Carter & # 39; s image of Margaret a & # 39; powerful & # 39; imagination of the character while the Guardian& # 39; s Lucy Mangan said she played her with & # 39; extraordinary casual contempt & # 39 ;.
Mangan further wrote that the performance of Menzies like Philip & # 39; relentlessly top & # 39; and gives him special mention for & # 39; his portrait of a charming, brutal, wounded man & # 39 ;.
And Laura Jane Turner from Digital Spy agreed and wrote: & # 39; Although it is clear that Philip is still struggling with his role in the palace and as partner of the monarch, Menzies brings a different dimension to the character. & # 39;
However, she was not convinced of Bonham Carter's performance and wrote that the & # 39; did not have the same level of investment as that of her predecessor & # 39 ;.
Colman is most honored for her modest performance during season three.
VultureJen Chaney wrote: & # 39; Colman's achievement is an exercise of a season of extraordinary restraint that yields a deep payout. When Elizabeth is finally lost due to a family crisis – or at least as far as she can – it is an extraordinary moving moment. & # 39;
And although she seems an island of reserve and calm, Tilly Pearce's Subway believes she is the & # 39; dollmaster & # 39; of the other characters.
She believes it is almost a melodrama that Albert Square on soap land is worthy, but it remains good to watch all the time.
According to Lewis Knight of the Mirror, the real scene stealers are Josh O & # 39; Connor as the & # 39; isolated and eccentric Prince Charles & # 39; and Erin Doherty as the & # 39; sarcastic and intelligent & # 39; Princess Anne.
Knight notes that Charles Dance & # 39; is reliably strong as the pragmatic Lord Louis Mountbatten & # 39 ;.
Colman is most honored for her modest performance during season three
Helena Bonham Carter recreates the private photo of Princess Margaret's husband Lord Snowdon in the bath while wearing her tiara – the original was taken in 1962
Bonham Carter received mixed reviews for her imagination of Princess Margaret
Prince Charles (Josh O & # 39; Connor) will make his debut in season three while facing tension between his royal duty and the desires of his heart
Season three largely reflects the era of Harold Wilson, who was prime minister from 1964 to 1970 and then from 1974 to 1976, when he resigned for health reasons.
It depicts historical moments, such as the Aberfan disaster in 1966, in which 144 people died during a landslide in Wales, and the first miner attacks between 1972 and 1974.
And the monarch will face her darkest time on the throne so far as she fights against national security, rivalry between siblings and family conflicts prior to her 1977 silver jubilee, marking the 25th anniversary of her ascent to the throne.
The season lays the foundation for an even more flashy future fourth season, in which Princess Diana and Margaret Thatcher are introduced.
The Hollywood ReporterDaniel Fienberg noted that, despite his transition from one award-winning cast to another, & quot; 10, these 10 episodes represent a welcome return for a reliably thought out, beautifully produced drama &. # 39.
The queen will encounter her darkest time on the throne until now as she battles the miners' strike, national security, rivalry between brothers and sisters and conflicts before her 1977 silver jubilee
Fienberg added: & # 39; Sober and impeccably polished, The Crown remains a model for carefully crafted episodic stories, a keen investigation into the nature of power and, remarkably enough, now has a new ensemble that proves everything as much as the first. & # 39;
IndieWireAnne Donahue, an American, focused her review on what she saw as the biggest disappointment of the season: the failure to adequately tackle the 1969 moon landing in the United States.
The Apollo 11 mission is depicted in the seventh installment of the third season, titled & # 39; Moondust & # 39 ;.
Donahue wrote that she was looking forward to the show about how Queen Elizabeth II reacted to & her former colony that achieved one of the most stunning achievements of humanity & # 39 ;.
The critic, however, writes, "We will never know, because the vast majority of the episode focuses on how her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, hurt his great boyhood feeling of being an old military man who not jump into a job & # 39 ;.
Donahue said the failed display of the moon landing reflects a larger problem that can be seen throughout the season: & # 39; Explorations of Elizabeth & # 39; s feelings are almost non-existent & # 39 ;.
& # 39; As written by showrunner Peter Morgan, Elizabeth is the least important person in the story, vacant except as a means to respond to the antics of her family and world events, & # 39; she wrote.
& # 39; It's a recurring pattern: an episode revolves around what one of the peripheral players should be – Princess Margaret, Prince Charles, Prince Philip's mangoes again, Prince Philip's mother, Lord Mountbatten, Nazi Uncle David – only to make The Crown pop itself at the end amid a rush of corgis and commentary on the situation. & # 39;
Donahue further praises Colman for eliminating the emotional gaps in the Morgan & # 39; script.
& # 39; Colman is, as she always is, a pleasure to look at, all sparkling charisma … giving texture and nuance to her character in a way that is not on the page, & # 39; wrote the critic.
The new season shows historic moments, such as the Aberfan disaster in 1966, in which 144 people died during a landslide in Wales, and the first miner attacks between 1972 and 1974
Moving scenes in the trailer also show the funeral of Lord Mountbatten
Conflict: the Prince (Josh O & # 39; Connor) will make his debut in series three and he will face tension between his royal duty and be warned by a maid to be wary of his family
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