The Crown – Season Four – Episode 10 – War

The Crown – Season Four – Episode 10 – War

Plot: Amid growing challenge to her power, Thatcher fights for her position. Charles grows more determined to separate from Diana as their marriage unravels.

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Story: War starts when prime minster Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) sees one of her closest follows turn on her in the houses of parliament, leaving her position of power in jeopardy, while Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) is looking to finally end his marriage to Princess Diana (Emma Corrin) after it becomes clear Diana has started having an affair again. As Margaret Thatcher is shown the door, her respect from the Queen is finally earned, putting aside their differences which have plagued her time as Prime Minister, while Charles and Diana finally end their marriage showing their true colours, with Charles finally admitting he always wanted to be with Camila and never Diana.

Thoughts on The Crown – Season Four – Episode 10 – War

Thoughts – War brings the season four to a close by bringing everything full circle with the relationships between Prince Charles and Princess Diana falling apart, and Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s respect shining through their differences. We get the lead four stars of the season, Olivia Colman, Gillian Anderson, Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor, giving the strongest performances of the season to date. This season has focused more heavily on relationships more than anything else, which will see how many of them have gone from strength to strength, while others have been shattered over time.

Final Thoughts War completes a wonderful season giving the major players their final chance to shine in the season, reflecting the seasons theme of relationships. 5/5

The Crown – Season Four – Episode 9 – Avalanche

The Crown – Season Four – Episode 9 – Avalanche

Plot: Charles is caught in a deadly avalanche, prompting both him and Diana to re-evaluate their commitment to their troubled marriage.

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Story: Avalanche starts on the birthday of Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) who gets a surprise performances from Princess Diana (Emma Corrin), which gets the crowds approval, only leaving Charles angry, the marriage is starting to fall apart and after Prince Charles is a lucky survivor of a avalanche, it only highlights the problems the two were having. With Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman) learning of the troubles the couple have been having, she and Philip Duke of Edinburgh (Tobias Menzies) look to address the problems of the affairs the two are both accused of being involved in, they do look to try and solve the problems they have been going through.

Thoughts on The Crown – Season Four – Episode 9 – Avalanche

Thoughts – Avalanche gets to put the spotlight back on the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, the pair have been struggling for a while, but a surprised event brings them closer hoping to fix their problems. Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor step up to carry this episode showing just how the two would always be left in a position where they couldn’t be happy with the life they once dreamt of, the pairs real life actions were always questioned and it highlights how both might not have been as loyal as they once believed. We get to focus on Prince Charles and how he always seems to believe his family was against him, from his wife, mother or sister.

Final Thoughts Avalanche shines the light on Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s struggling marriage seeing both Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin give brilliant performances through the episode. 4/5

The Crown – Season Four – Episode 8 – 48:1

The Crown – Season Four – Episode 8 – 48:1

Plot: As many nations condemn apartheid in South Africa, tension mounts between Thatcher and Elizabeth over their clashing opinions on applying sanctions.

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Story: 48:1 starts as the apartheid authorities are causing civil unrest in South Africa which the world is appalled by, ready to make a move, but Great Britain and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) hasn’t supported, leading to Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman) needs to address to the rest of the United Nations. After Thatcher reluctantly agrees to the terms from the United Nations, the public rivalry between the Queen and Margaret Thatcher is taken centre stage, stealing the headlines from Prince Andrew’s wedding, with the nations wanting to know the truth and the Queen needing to sacrifice a member of her own team to make the story disappear.

Thoughts on The Crown – Season Four – Episode 48:1

Thoughts – 48:1 shows us how that the Queen and Prime Minister would clash on something, but for the first time, this would make headline news, leading to the uncertainty coming from the people of the nation that want to know the truth about what is happening. This is one of the more serious episodes, showing us how the royal family and the political family would often go head to head, but usually resolve the issues away from the spotlight. The episode is carried by Olivia Colman and Gillian Anderson’s stunning performances throughout, giving them the best outing to date, along with a welcome return from a familiar face.

Final Thoughts48:1 is the most political episode of the season, giving the spotlight to the biggest names in the season Olivia Colman and Gillian Anderson. 4/5

The Hatton Garden Job (2017) Movie Review

Director: Ronnie Thompson

Writer: Dean Lines, Ray Bogdanovich, Ronnie Thompson (Screenplay)

Starring: Matthew Goode, Phil Daniels, Larry Lamb, Clive Russell, David Calder, Mark Harris, Stephen Moyer, Joely Richardson

Plot: In April 2015, the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company, an underground safe deposit facility in London’s Hatton Garden area, was burgled by 4 elderly men. The total stolen may have a value of up to £200 million, the incident has been called the “largest burglary in English history.”

Tagline – The mastermind. The driver. The fixer.

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

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Verdict: By the Book

Story: The Hatton Garden Job starts as we meet thief XXX (Goode) who has been working with young thieves, which has landed him in prison, inside he makes new contacts which offer up a massive job. XXX must put together a team, he goes old school with Danny (Daniels), Brian (Lamb), Kenny (Russell) and Terry (Calder) as they prepare to put the job together to break into the Hatton Garden security vault, one that is considered unreachable.

The team funded by Hungarian mobster Erzebet Zslondos (Richardson) who will sell them information, for what is inside, the job looks like it could work, even with ex-copper Frank Baskin (Harris) sniffing around XXX’s activities.

Thoughts on The Hatton Garden Job

Characters – XXX is the man that has been robbing bankers, only to see himself end up in jail, once released he uses his new contacts to get a new job, the biggest of his career, he turns to the old school members of the criminal world for this job, which sees him needing to take risks, while listening to others who take charge of the operation. Danny is the contact between the two sides, he has worked with XXX for years now, he trusts his style and will back him when it comes to the old school. Brian is the old school thief, he has all the contacts in the city, knows who to trust and who to not, he plans the operation, his way and only his way. Kenny is the driver, the dumbest member of the crew, with most of his scenes, being him struggling to understand a joke.

PerformancesMatthew Goode in the leading role is strong enough, he brings the cockney to his performances, which does work for the leading role, while Phil Daniels, Larry Lamb, Clive Russell and David Calder complete the full cockney required for the film.

StoryThe story follows five thieves that looks to break into one of the most secure vaults in London, the Hatton Garden vault, with pressure from the mobster paying for the job, a nosey ex-cop and time, can they pull this off. This story is based of one of the most famous recent crimes in England, it made front page news because of what was stolen, how the thieves got into the vault and how no clues about them were found. This is also one of the biggest problems with the story, we know the aftermath, we don’t need to be spending the whole story watching how they planned it and did it, we needed to spend more time on the aftermath, which is the more interesting story. How the story is told, is everything we have seen before, with a couple of old people jokes thrown in.

Action/Crime The film uses the action to show the crime, it isn’t the most flashy action, with the crime story taking centre stage, which does hold back the thrilling side of the film being sucked out, by knowing the truth.

SettingsThe film uses the London setting, which is filled with cockney neighbourhood that is all about respect.

Scene of the Movie – The robbery.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not showing enough of the aftermath.

Final Thoughts This is a by the book heist movie that we have seen before in how it unfolds, it is filled with old timer jokes, only for it to fall short on how everything is executed, only for the film to fail to shine on the aftermath of the crime.

Overall: Simple Heist Film.

The Crown – Season Four – Episode 7 – The Hereditary Principle

The Crown – Season Four – Episode 7 – The Hereditary Principle

Plot: Grappling with mental health issues, Margaret seeks help and discovers an appalling secret about estranged relatives of the royal family.

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Story: The Hereditary Principle starts as we see Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter) sees her latest relationship fall apart and to make matters worse for Margaret she learns she is no longer able to represent the royal family now Prince Edward has hit the age of 21, with Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman) needing to break the painful truth that Margaret can’t be involved anymore. Princess Margaret does struggle to cope with the newest blow, which will see her returning to therapy, learning about the truth about members of their own family being kept a secret.

Thoughts on The Crown – Season Four – Episode 7 – The Hereditary Principle

Thoughts – The Hereditary Principle will become the first Princess Margaret episode of the season where we see how she struggles with idea of losing her position of power in the family and learning the shocking truth that people had swept under the carpet for years, a secret that would make them look more untouchable instead of more human. Helena Bonham Carter does shine in this episode, that spotlights how difficult understand mental illness and differences in appearance would have been at one time, now they need to show how secrets shouldn’t be kept away from the people. This does end up feeling like the weakest episode of the season so far, with little going on within the main characters.

Final ThoughtsThe Hereditary Principle is one of the weakest episodes to date, we do get a strong performance from Helena Bonham Carter, but not enough focus on any of the Royal Family. 2/5