Stephen Dillane

Netflix's 'The Crown' is best when viewed like separate little movies

Every crumb of Netflix's Buckingham Palace drama "The Crown" is scrumptious, all 10 hours of it, but job No. 1 remains the hardest: How do you make two of this planet's dullest people even halfway interesting?

That would be Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Philip Mountbatten, and the answer, of course, is to make them young again and more beautiful and fascinating than they probably ever were - or still are - in real life.

"The Crown," available in all its splendor Friday, qualifies as the epic masterwork from creator/writer Peter Morgan, who has come at the modern Elizabethan era a couple of ways now, most notably with the 2006 film "The...