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1. I prioritize keeping up with today's films. 2. If I were to recommend older films like "The Godfather" or "Seven Samurai" then it wouldn't achieve anything because they are already well-known and probably these films were already recommended to you by someone.
As a side note, this list is in no particular order. The first film on the list isn't the one I would recommend first, it is random.
Succession: Sad Sack Wasp Trap (2018)
Well-Established Character Dynamics
For the first 3 episodes, the show was more of an exposition. We learned the conflict(Succession) and most of the characters have been introduced but their interactions weren't given in detail. We only knew what was going on in just the "core" Roy family and even their relationships weren't further explored. This episode, although being slow, establishes very interesting character interactions which made me want to instantly watch episode 5(I didn't get this urge from the previous 3 episodes). The lies, doing things from the back and most importantly the past. The start time of the show is an interesting choice because all characters are their characters from the start. They don't need a development, other than Greg, but we don't really know them as of now and this episode shows the potential depth in these character relationships. I also loved that they left some things very unclear, meaning that I don't know what is happening in some of them. The episode had some pacing issues and was very slow sometimes, but other than that I loved this episode and it is my favorite episode of the season so far.
It is Silly, Dumb, Ludicrous and I LOVED it!
This is not a good film by any film standards, not at all. I mean am I really going to talk about the conflict and the character arcs and stuff? Nothing is realistic in the film, nothing makes sense but it has heart. This film sings by its heart like Sigrit does. The Eurovision and all feels like a facade to a very simple but heartwarming love story(both for Iceland and for Sigrit and Lars). I laughed a lot in this film but not because the jokes were funny but because the film was funny. This film knows that it is dumb and it doesn't try to be serious. The songs are great especially Husavik, the reason I watched the film at the first place. Molly Sanden does an spectacular job. The acting is also so good. Rachel and Will's chemistry as best friends rather than a romantic couple works so good. In soap operas you want the boy and the girl to take a step because it becomes unbearable but this was quite the opposite. This film does have a villain who is the stupidest villain I have seen and I loved it. Alexander Lemtov also is a great character because he is actually quite likeable. Don't watch this film expecting a great film to think for days. After a tiring work/school day; prepare some popcorn, find a comfy place , open Netflix and forget about your current problems for 2 hours. You are going to love this film if you know what you are getting into which is a dumb hilarious heartwarming film.
The Croods: A New Age (2020)
First of all I have to say I didn't like Croods that much. It was fun at times but when it tried to be serious it just became boring and even unbearable at times. But this sequel is just fantastic. It knows that it is a goofy film. The animation and voice works are great and most importantly the script is ridiculous. It doesn't make sense at all and the film is aware of that. I mean two main conflicts in the film are: 1. Who will have Guy? And 2. Grug eating the bananas. The new Betterman family is a great addition and they have some fun parts. And the GRANDMA! She is such a dumb but also a very fun character in the film. She has some of the best lines. Thunder Sisters!! If I were to find a character who was not that interesting it would be Thunk but I am sure kids will love him and his comedy so I have no problem with that. I mean I can go ahead and say that plot is dumb, the character arcs are very basic and some lines just don't make sense but I mean who watches a Croods movie to watch a masterpiece. You will see some dumb stuff which are hysteriacally funny. If I were to sum this animation: You will feel like you are 8 years old when you are watching this film and you won't think about whether it makes sense or not but you will definitely enjoy the heck out of this film.
Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)
Raya and the Last Dragon is a Missed Opportunity
When the film started, I was very hopeful because at first I thought that our protagonist(who is mostly a stereotypical Disney princess in these animations) was someone who was trained to steal the gem but I was wrong. The film quickly changed our perspective on the character and made her such a generic character. She is smart, strong, rich is a princess and she has a father who loves her. If you know the formula, then you probably guessed that she was going to lose her father. Then we come to our villain who is destined to turn good, I mean it is obvious. Disney can't make a girl who is a child at the start a complete villain and I am fine with that. But just imagine, imagine if she was our protagonist. Then the film would have been fresh and intriguing. She has bad influence from her mother and she believes that her mother is right. Imagine how powerful the scene where she sees Sisu would be. Then an inner conflict would start: "Am I really on the right side?" You probably know where I am going. The scene where Raya gives her the gem, that would be such an emotional scene. But in this version our protagonist has no inner conflict to resolve. Yes, she is enraged at Namaari but I mean who wouldn't be. The side characters and Susi are generic and add nothing to the plot other than entertaining children. I know that these characters have to be in a Disney animation, and I have no problem with that but at least take a risk Disney. I didn't hate the film though and the only reason for that is in technicals. The animation is gorgeous, especially the usage of vibrant colors is astonishing. I don't remember a Disney film which is this colorful. The music is well integrated and the usage of light is also very good. Yes, the children will have a fun time but this won't affect them like Pixar films did. It does nothing different.
The Handmaid's Tale: Mayday (2019)
This episode could have been the finale of the series even though there will be not only season 4 but also a season 5. This episode, being the highest rated of the show so far, is slow. So far I have seen so many complaints beginning from the 1st episode about the episodes being slow but if you read the book then you would know that these episodes are very fast compared to the chapters of the book and also fast wouldn't fit these episoded. In Gilead things don't go fast, the pain just doesn't go away, you can't fast forward it for 1 month. You have to endure the pain and boredom the characters endure otherwise you wouldn't feel what Gilead is like. So then why is this episode slow and higher rated compared to other episodes because it is full of suspense and at the end joy and relief. Being scared that you will fail is preferable compared to the life in Gilead. The director did a great job at creating and maintaing suspense as I mentioned previously but what actually makes this episode so good is the build-up. For couple of episodes now we were building up to this episode and in the episode we were building up to the last minutes for 50 minutes. The build-up was for those last minutes so the show must make us very happy at the end right, because we waited for so long? NO! The show goes ahead and shows us Luke waiting for Hannah and then we are depressed again. That was a bold choice and I think it paid off because the harsh truth hits our faces. Yes over 100+ children were saved but there are still thousands if not hundreds of thousands of children still in Gilead. Gilead still exists and that's why the show might take 2-3-4-5... more seasons because there are intriguing stories which need to be resolved. The season finale is not a cliffhanger, it feels like a finale. Not to the series but to the season. Every season finale should be this way, creating a cliffhanger is just lazy writing but ending the season and still making the audience want more is brilliant.
Werk ohne Autor (2018)
I Never Wanted to Look Away
This movie has been in my watchlist for about 6 months because of its runtime. I was skeptical because what if it wasn't good and I was going to waste 3 hours but fortunately I was wrong. This film is loosely based on a real story(I am saying loosely because one of the main aspects of the film Prof. Seeband character wasn't real) and tells the story of Germany in 1900s. Some might find this ridiculous and say that this film is about art but even though art is a key part of the film, it is definitely not the main story. The film uses art as a tool to convey its message and that's what art is actually. A way of conveying something. In first 30 minutes I was mesmerized by the film. Even though we had seen these many times in a movie, the way it is presented makes the difference. It doesn't try to be dramatic because it doesn't have to be and the director knew that and just presented the story in a simple way. The performances were also very good in general, especially Sebastian Koch. He is someone whom you want to hate but still you understand his motives(even though you don't agree with them). Seeing Kurt and the professor going through "different" phases of Germany was very captivating. But the thing which made me love this movie is definitely the art. From communism art to modern art, all of them are presented in a very unique way and seeing Kurt draw is definitely the best part of the film. The film definitely has some problems though one being the runtime. Yes, I was never bored throughout the film and it didn't drag for most of the time but runtime still was an issue because of the conclusion. The conclusion heavily depends on the first part of the film and there is almost no part in the middle which works as a bridge for the first part and the ending. When the film ends you realize that the main story(about a character, I won't spoil it) was only present in the exposition and the conclusion. I am not saying the middle part is bad or anything but it is a different story. Some might argue that we just follow Kurt as he grows up and therefore the middle is connected but in a thematic level it definitely isn't. If about 20-30 minutes from the middle was cut off(it's not that simple I know) then the first 15 minutes and the last 15 minutes wouldn't feel so distant. Other than that I loved this film. It accomplished to create an emotional impact by not over dramatizing things. The film didn't have a moment in which it tells you, "It is time to cry now" but still it somehow resonates with you. If you are skeptical about watching a 3 hour film about art, please give it a try. You will never want to look away and maybe you will fall in love with it.
The Show Takes a Risk, It Definitely Pays Off(Minor Spoilers)
The Handmaid's Tale has mostly been consistent with Margaret Atwood's book so far. There are of course a few little changes but overall it is almost an exact copy, which I loved so far. The way they put the book on the screen has been brilliant with great acting and production design. In this episode the show takes its first big risk: We get a deeper look at Serena Joy. Throughout the book, we never get to learn who Serena Joy. We know her from only Offred's perspective. This worked well in the book because it always followed Offred's perspective. I knew something like this was coming because we had already witnessed a different perspective, Ofglen's(or Ofsteven's now). That wasn't particularly a risk because in the book she was known to be a rebel, and here she is a rebel as well. Seeing Serena Joy as a relatable character is a whole different story though. We see what she was and what she is. Why is she the person she is now, and does she like it? All these questions are answered, but not directly which I appreciated. The look at feminism in Gilead, from the perspective of Serena Joy is a risky and bold choice, which paid off by the help of Yvonne's great performance. The thing with other countries' relations with Gilead didn't perfectly fit the story, it was missing something. Offred being this rebellious throughout the episodes so far contradicts the book but if they pull that storyline off in a satisfying way, then there is nothing to complain.
Pieces of a Woman (2020)
Vanessa Kirby's Performance Is Mature and Heart-Breaking
What an extraordinary performance from Vanessa Kirby. It is clear to see that she has mastered the character of Martha. She knows when to be subtle and also when to shine. From the tone of her voice to how her eyes move, it is superb. The rest of the cast is also great , but this is Vanessa's film and she will definitely get nominated for an Oscar if not win. I feel like the big issue with the film is in particular the screenplay. The director did his job very well, especially the first 30 minutes show that he cared about filming the movie in the best way. The writing though was at best mediocre. This is a simple story to write but very difficult to present it in a film. I don't know how they messed this up but what I watched was clearly the opposite. The director and the actors were all fabulous but the screenplay just didn't know where to go. It just lingers, almost all the time. If it wasn't for Vanessa's acting, these lingers would have become unbearable. The way the story progresses is sloppy, it goes somewhere with a character then just does something completely different with another one. I didn't like Sean's storyline in the film. It started good but then there were some choices which were not only bad but also very unnecessary to plot(Not getting into any spoilers) Some characters were also very one dimensional(not including the mother of Martha of course) but they were in front of the screen for a long period of time. I feel like this film and Judy(2019) are very similar, in both of them the lead actress gave their best performances but the story was just mediocre and sloppy. Don't get me wrong, the story can be simple and should be simple but the storylines in the 2nd and 3rd act(other than Vanessa's which was good and carried by Vanessa's performance) were just unnecessary and hurt the main plot. The movie could have been one of the best movies of the year if the screenplay didn't mix it up. Still, a must check for the first 30 minutes and Vanessa Kirby's performance.
Eighth Grade (2018)
Eighth Grade is Maybe Too Realistic
Eighth Grade is about a girl who has social anxiety, that's literally it. She is our narrator, and most of the movie feels like it is real footage, too real maybe. In some parts in like literally every two seconds, I stopped the film, walked around my room, resumed for 2 seconds, and again walked around my room. It is so real that it makes you cringe, you feel like the narrator. Elsie Fisher did a great job at making you feel that way and her being around 14 years old when this film was filmed just explains why it felt so real. From the opening scene of the class, I felt like I was in middle school. Yes, it was exaggerated for comedy or more drama but at its core, it is so real. You sympathize with, everyone in this film because you have been every one of them at some point in your life. You have been weird, shy, ignorant, naive... You have been a teenager. The 1st part was okay, it was similar to most films like this. It sets up the characters and develops the plot with funny scenes but the 2nd Part wasn't funny at all for me(which is actually a good thing). I couldn't find it funny when it felt so real. Even the obscure scenes felt real because at their core they had the same emotion to it. The movie also had some slight issues. The pacing dragged around the middle of the film. The development in the story was important for the conclusion but it could have been constructed way better. Also as I said some scenes were so real whereas some of them felt like they were from a movie like Booksmart(2019). Sometimes that created an imbalance between emotions. Other than that, Eighth Grade is an original entry in an overcrowded genre. It is not original because it tries something new/weird, it is original because it was one of the most authentic films I watched. Kayla Day doesn't feel like a fictional character. (Also the music choice in the movie overall was very innovative. The score changes in anxious moments fit perfectly with the overall story)
Wolfwalkers is Gorgeous!
Wolfwalkers features one of the best hand drawn animations in recent years(if not all time). It is on par with Studio Ghibli films and I'm also glad that its story is also great. The voiceover in this film is very well especially Honor Kneafsey(Robyn) whose accent I adored. The film is very similar to Princess Mononoke, it is kind of a homage to it but it was also able to find something original. In the first 30 minutes(setup portion) I thought that the film was overhyped because while its animation was gorgeous, its story felt mediocre(a girl suppressed) It is not bad or anything, it's just that we had seen it so many times before. When Robyn and Mebh start spending time together, the film shined. I loved everything about their relationship, their chemistry was just amazing. I could just watch them being together, talking and running for 2 hours straight. The symbolism to old history is also very well done for the adult audiences but it doesn't mean this movie is not for children. It is entertaining and has a simple message as well but the way they integrated a deeper message(intended for adults) to the film surprised me. They nailed it. The ending felt kind of more childish(so that it can get a PG rating) compared to Princess Mononoke which was more raw(I know that movie wasn't intended for children, but thematically about nature vs. humankind it goes way deeper). Wolfwalkers is a great movie made for both children and adults and I highly recommend it.
Big Mouth: The Funeral (2020)
Best of the Season So Far
I think this season so far is the weakest season compared to the other seasons, but it doesn't mean it was bad or something. It was good but didn't have many strong episodes(they were mostly mediocre). Well this episode definitely is an exception. There are 3 characters whom we follow in this episode: Andrew, Jessi, and Matthew. Honestly, Nick and Andrew's storylines are just dead at that point. Andrew's cum "ritual" and Nick's dream stuff(which should've already been resolved) are just not going anywhere and not interesting at all. But Jessi and Matthew's storylines were just amazing in this episode. Jessi going through depression and anxiety which was caused by puberty and adapting to a new city(also Jessi's storyline is much better than Andrew and Nick's storylines in this season overall) and Andrew losing his connection with his mom because he is gay were just portrayed beautifully. Especially Matthew's storyline just felt so real, it feels like it was from a real life example. I loved him in this episode. Jessi finally taking a step to get out of depression by the help of her family(not Nick or Michael Angelo) was just also so real. Jessi and Matthew not only carried this episode but they also carried this season. My favorite characters and storylines of the season so far.
Everything Similar to "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" Works, While Others Don't
Piano, beach walks, time period, drawing. These are all in the Portrait of a Lady on Fire as well. I am not saying that the movie "stole" these concepts because it didn't. Ammonite is definitely not a remake of Portrait of a Lady on Fire but they tell a different story in a similar way. Ammonite does a great job at what Portrait, already did a great job. It is slow-paced with great cinematography and it has clever usage of silence. I loved all these things but the setup of the story was just mediocre. The introduction of characters are mediocre. I mean the characters can be ordinary but with great direction ordinary can look mesmerizing. The side plots all fell short, the side characters just didn't work unlike Portrait. The acting was very good, deserving of award nominations. The first 90 minutes of the movie was okay, it definitely wasn't bad and had some good elements(even though they were similar to Portrait) but the last 30 minutes... It dragged, It just stopped moving. Almost every choice didn't work out at that point. It was like the director saying, "Yes, I know you've seen the first 90 minutes before in different movies. Now, I will go for something different, but it won't work." The ending just didn't work. I was afraid that I wasn't going to like this movie and unfortunately I was right. If the movie just 90 minutes long, then I could have at least said, "A similar story but not bad at all." The movie tried something original, different than what has been done before but it just failed.
Mank is not for Everyone
Where do I start with this movie? I really don't know. First of all you need to watch/rewatch Citizen Kane before watching Mank, they just fit perfectly. Citizen Kane makes Mank better, Mank makes Citizen Kane better. At first(for about 30 minutes), I didn't know where the movie was going, it was unclear and some might get bored by that but as you continue you will see why that 30 minutes is very important for setting the story. I thought it was going to focus on how Citizen Kane was written but it was actually more like a character study of Mankowics(which was a pleasant surprise).The timeline in the movie is also very similar to Citizen Kane, the story is told in present but is more about the past. The film is about 2 hours long but it felt a lot longer. Some might consider this a bad thing but I loved it because I wasn't bored. Gary Oldman is, again, fantastic and the cast is also pretty good. This movie is going to be divisive, for sure. It won't work for the general audience(especially Netflix audience), because this is not a movie to watch on a Sunday night. The movie wants you to focus, it wants you to draw parallels between Mank and Citizen Kane as you watch it. If you want to have fun or relax by watching a movie, Mank is not for you. Mank is nothing like Fincher did before, it isn't trying to catch the focus of the audience like Gone Girl or Fight Club. It presents its story and asks you, "Do you want to study the movie as you watch?" rather than asking, "Do you want to see where the movie is going?"
GLOW glows in the Pilot with rather interesting character
The episode does a great job at establishing the main character Ruth Wilder(played by Alison Brie) without boring the audience. We get to learn the characters in a dynamic way. Jokes are mostly alright. Sometimes they land sometimes they don't, that's how it is. Overall the pilot did what it needed to do: It gave a glimpse of what the show is going to feel like, it set up the characters in a rather unorthodox and interesting way, and most importantly it made me want to watch the next episode immediately.
Amazing Thriller with Underwhelming Character Depth
Sicario is an experience with a great score by Johann Johannsson and incredible cinematography by Roger Deakins. The movie sound and looks spectacular. It was a joy to watch this movie, I was never bored other than a few scenes in the middle. The thrill in this movie is one of the bests of the decade thanks to Denis Villeneuve. He handles the action perfectly by taking his time to build up the scenes. The action is very subtle whereas the build-up is carefully planned. Technically, this movie is a masterpiece. I can't say the same for the story though. Don't get me wrong, it is good but it mostly does nothing special. Emily Blunt portrays Kate Macer very well, but the source material is not good enough. She meanders throughout the movie, and yes in a way she is like the audience in the movie: Trying to understand what is going on. That's not a bad idea in general but her character is so centralized that we expect something from her. Instead her storyline becomes a mediocre one in the middle when she meets Ted played by Jon Bernthal. I feel like there is about a 20 minute part in the middle which can be cut easily so that the plot could move smoother and in addition we could have seen more of Del Toro's character so that the "narrator" shift wouldn't feel so rushed and unexpected. The other side characters are just there for the plot purposes and are very stereotypical. Nevertheless, Sicario is a great movie and a must watch for thriller fans.
The Crown: Terra Nullius (2020)
The Australia Trip(VERY MINOR SPOILERS)
In my opinion, this was the best episode of the season so far. The acting, cinematography, editing, the music are always amazing in this series but this episode in particular has a brilliant pacing. The scenes come and go like it was structured by a divine power. They just feel so natural, as if we are in Australia with them. Because they are visiting Australia of course they will be compared to Philip and Elizabeth and the episode does a magnificent job at comparing them with great subtlety. The reason why I give this episode a 10 is because not only it perfectly portrays Charles and Diana's marriage but also it finds a way to show the audience how it completely different is than Elizabeth's tour. And as we think Diana and Charles's relationship is becoming very similar to Philip and Elizabeth's relationship, then we suddenly realize they are not similar at all. We notice that their relationship is more similar to Margaret and Antony's relationship in terms of how wavy and alternating it is. In the previous episodes we saw how Margaret thought Diana and Charles's marriage is a disastrous idea, and we now understand it why. The tour in 1954 was Elizabeth's tour whereas this tour isn't Charles's tour, it is Diana's.
The Crown: Fagan (2020)
The Queen and the Intruder
Like the other episodes of The Crown this episode has great acting, editing, music and cinematography. Especially Olivia Colman was at her peak. Even though I quite liked this episode, I have to say that the first half is very slow and quite ordinary(which is very surprising considering it is The Crown). We start with a flash forward which took way more than it should have taken and after that flashback we just meander until Fagan and Elizabeth has a conversation. I mean the show does a good job at portraying who Fagan is but it just takes too long. The episode tries to give every detail like he drank the wine he hid behind the columns etc. I lost my attention at that point. Elizabeth and Fagan's conversation is brilliant though, the dialogue feels so natural. If they could have found a better and more intriguing way o tell the first half of the episode, it would've been excellent. As a side note: I understand that Fagan needs to be portrayed as ordinary but when told masterfully, ordinary can also become intriguing and interesting. For me Fagan's character suffered from this problem. Still, a great episode.
The Crown: The Balmoral Test (2020)
Diane and Thatcher's Fitness to the Family
The juxtaposition between what the family thinks of Diana and Thatcher was clearly demonstrated in this episode. In the first half we see how Thatcher didn't fit in with the family. She thought the family's activities were very time consuming and unnecessary. She is a representation of the people whereas the family is the high class. As it is said in the episode, work was Thatcher and her father's play time. Diana on the other hand is completely different. She fits perfectly, even better than how Prince Charles fits in with the family. She loves getting her pictures taken at the end. Even though she is not in high class right now, she is cut out for it. Stag metaphor in the episode was also very well integrated. The stag is both Diana and Charles but the difference is, Charles knows he is the stag(he even compares himself to it in the episode) whereas Diana is nowhere close to realize that. One of the best written episodes of The Crown, in my opinion.
The Crown: Gold Stick (2020)
Such a Strong and Intriguing Start
The Crown's quality is still on par with the previous seasons. The editing, cinematography, acting and even the music are miraculous. They all perfectly fit together. In this episode, we get introduced to a few new characters and their introduction is well structured. Unlike the first episode of 3rd season, this season kicks off very quickly with an interesting plot. My only small complaint would be about the first 10 minutes in which we changed perspectives quite a lot like saying: Here is that character you have seen him/her now, we can pass to the other character. I mean this is not bad but it is mediocre in terms of The Crown's quality. Like I said, a strong start which asked many questions for other episodes to answer.
Filler, Empty, No Storyline... Great Action Though
Dear Star Wars fans, I hope you don't click no before reading the review. The only problem with the first season was how unnecessary some episodes were for the storyline. For example: Sanctuary and Gunslinger. This episode is just like them. The action is well done(which is expected considering its budget) and has way more "Baby Yoda being there just to be cute" moments. The episode was rather short(35 minutes) and the new side character and her story aren't interesting a bit. Mando being Mando is always good but for two episodes now, there is only a few developments in the story(Boba is not dead and Mando has his armor etc.) I think this season will be just like the previous season: 7 Episodes of Setup and 1 Episode of action/drama which feels like a movie. I am not saying this structure is bad though, 1st season was great and fun. As I said this episode has a very dull side character with a cliche plot(can we even call this a plot? Debatable.) In other words, this episode didn't need to happen.
The Queen's Gambit: Adjournment (2020)
The "Adjournment" Episode
As the title says, this episode is an adjournment for the final one but the move which is put in the envelope is very strong. This episode is crafted beautifully with drama being spectacular. The thing I loved about this episode is how her fall is caused by just a night at the hotel. She was going very well but hen "blip". That's all it takes to fall if you are an addict, and the show does a great job portraying that. Anya Taylor is again amazing(I mean you should have already understood that) and is magnificent especially in the second part. Seeing Jolene made me more excited for the finale and I really do hope to see Mr. Shaibel in it as well. It is time for the "End Game".
The Queen's Gambit: Doubled Pawns (2020)
A Feast For Chess Fans
The first two episodes were more focused on developing Beth's character and creating drama but this episode was quite the opposite. This episode is more focused on the chess while drama is subtle. What I found surprising was, how Beth's character kept developing during a chess game and the two main reasons for that are the acting and the delicacy in the writing. Anya Taylor is incredible as Beth. This episode stood out to me because it was fast-paced early on and continued with the pace. Such a well-made episode overall.
The Queen's Gambit: Openings (2020)
Off to A Great "Start"
This episode is a start for many things. This is the start of the series, this is the start for the chess(like in the title: Openings) and a start for Beth's addictions. The young actress portrays her character fabulously and the rest of the cast are pretty good. The main themes of the show started to appear(gender stereotypes in chess and in general) The show captures the beauty of chess fabulously(both in playing simultaneously and playing from mind) Apart from it being a little slow in general, my only big complain is how it used chess overall. The main focus of the chess parts aren't how complex the position but rather as a part of the "show". What I mean by show is we are more focused on how players move the pieces rather than where in the position they move it. From my experience, a slow start hurts the first episode but enriches the rest therefore I am very excited to watch the rest of the show.
The Crown: Coup (2019)
A Superb Storyline Entangled with a Rather Dull One
Lord Mountbatten's storyline in this episode is just fabulous. We see an old man who is still trying to do "something" even though his time has already passed. We at first find himself to be smart but also selfish but after seeing his dialogue with his sister we just realize that, this is a symptom of getting old and we instantly sympathize with the character not only because the character was cleverly written but also because of Charles Dance's performance. He is truly perfect at every role he is in. Coming to Elizabeth's storyline I can't really say the same. We just follow Elizabeth through a few countries watching her interest for horses. It seems pointless until her dialogue with Porchey which made me realize that if Elizabeth didn't say what she thought verbatim, I wouldn't understand what she was thinking. The storyline felt like it didn't have a message until Elizabeth explained the message to us clearly(like we were kids at a kindergarten). Even though I didn't like Elizabeth's storyline, I can't ignore how magnificent her dialogue with Lord Mountbatten was. Dance and Colman's actings were amazing and the dialogues were sharp and well-written. If the episode didn't drag because of Elizabeth's storyline, this would easily be a 10/10.
The Crown: A Company of Men (2017)
The Development Philip's Character Needed
It has been really hard to empathize with Philip's characters in the first season, not because his motives were wrong or Matt Smith's performance was lacking but because we never really understood who he was. In 8th episode of Season 1(Pride & Joy) we truly understand the relationship between the mother and her daughters, and that episode is one of my favorites. This episode kind of tries to do the same thing with Philip and mostly succeeds. The episode is not a flashback episode which I truly appreciate because when the stories of the past are slowly told in the present it is more effective. Especially in the middle of the episode, the interview scene, the episode shines a lot. This episode is real great start for Philip's arc, but it's still a start; it needs much more to become perfection. My only problem with the episode is the side story(not Elizabeth's) which just made the episode drag. This episode also made me realize that when Elizabeth and Philip are apart, they are actually closer emotionally than when they are together.