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Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story (2023): A Review

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An Unforgettable Love Story

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Prequel 

Well folks, Shonda Rhimes has done it again! On May 4th, 2023, Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, was released on Netflix. Queen Charlotte follows a young Charlotte  (India Amarteifio) as she is forced to move to England and marry King George (Corey Mylchreest). Queen Charlotte follows two timelines: one set in 1761 that follows the early days of Charlotte and George’s meeting and relationship, and one set in 1817 (the current Bridgerton timeline) which follows an older Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel) as she navigates ruling England with a sick George by her side. The show also focuses on other characters introduced in the Bridgerton universe, such as younger and older versions of Lady Danbury, Violet Bridgerton, and Brimsley. Queen Charlotte touches on very important topics in its limited six episode season such as racism and mental health. 

A Stand Out Series in the Bridgerton Universe

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story is by far one of the best love stories that has come out of the Bridgerton universe. The show managed to seamlessly transition between the two separate timelines very well, and this element enabled the series to show more vulnerability and depth within the main characters. Queen Charlotte nailed the iconic Bridgerton aesthetic, with the over the top ball gowns and the infamous dance sequences featured all throughout the show. 

Queen Charlotte’s depictions of mental health were done in a beautifully honest way that make this show truly a standout from the original Bridgerton series. Depictions of mental health in the 1700’s is not something that is often seen on TV screens, and the way Queen Charlotte executed this storyline was incredibly eye opening as to how inhumane treatments were for mental health problems during these times. While King George struggles with his mental health throughout the show, Charlotte embraces him for who he truly is and vows to always love and protect him. While the rest of his family and the world try to dismiss George’s mental illness, Charlotte actively tries to help him work through his struggles, never dismissing his needs. Charlotte becomes George’s #1 advocate, and George becomes Charlotte’s. The two characters lean on each other when times get tough, and when the stars do not exactly align their way. The love that Charlotte and George have for one another is what holds this show together. 

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An Excellent Debut from India Amarteifio and Corey Mylchreest

With the exception of a few roles, India Amarteifio’s portrayal as young Queen Charlotte will forever be deemed as a stunning breakout role for the actress. Amarteifio’s ability to showcase both vulnerability and power through her body language and her facial expressions truly made her a standout actress within this cast and an excellent scene partner. Corey Mylchreest’s portrayal of young King George was his first major role in any production, and it is safe to say it will not be his last. Mylchreest portrayed King George’s struggle with mental illness in a very profound and emotional way that is not often portrayed on screen. Mylchreest did not shy away from showing his vulnerability, and this made the character of King George so likable and had the audience rooting for his happiness. Any scene featuring Amarteifio and Mylchreest was an absolute joy to watch. The chemistry between these two actors is undeniable, and they did an outstanding job portraying a relationship of this magnitude on screen. 

Queen Charlotte’s Use of Modern-Day Instrumental Pop Music 

One unique element of the Bridgerton universe is that the series uses instrumental versions of popular songs from current times throughout the show. The songs are often placed in important scenes that showcase a time of revelation or change in the story. This musical tradition continued over into Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, with popular songs such as “Nobody Gets Me” by SZA and “Halo” by Beyonce being featured in the show. 

The instrumental version of “Nobody Gets Me” played during King George and Queen Charlotte’s dance together at their ball to celebrate the birth of their son. Even though the version of the song played does not feature any lyrics, any audience member who knows this song and the lyrics would agree that this was the perfect use of this song. “Nobody Gets Me” is simply a song about being with someone who loves you for your truest and most comfortable self, and the lyrics in this song can translate to how Queen Charlotte is the only person who truly “gets” and understands King George and his needs. 

The use of modern-day instrumental pop music in Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story showcases that although these stories take place hundreds of years ago, many of the struggles and desires the characters experience and feel are things modern-day people can relate too. 

Queen Charlotte is a Must Watch

While it would be recommended to watch the first two seasons of the Bridgerton series to fully understand and encapsulate all that Queen Charlotte has to offer, one could definitely watch this show having no prior knowledge about Bridgerton and still have an incredibly joyful watching experience. Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story delivers a beautiful love story while also covering incredibly important themes and struggles that many people deal with. Queen Charlotte was the first prequel series in the Bridgerton universe, and let’s hope it’s not the last!

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Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story (2023) Official Netflix Trailer

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Hanna Zabski is a current undergraduate student at Marist College majoring in Media Studies and Production with a concentration in Film and Television. She is incredibly passionate about the entertainment industry and storytelling, and hopes to one day pursue a career in this field.