Bridgerton Review

Netflix unveils a Christmas treat later this week in the form of Bridgerton.

Bridgerton takes us back to Grosvener Square in 1813, which is bustling with activity with the upcoming social season. We are quickly thrown into the Bridgerton household, which consists of the widowed Lady Violet (Ruth Gemmell) and her children eight children; Anthony (Jonathan Bailey), Benedict (Luke Thompson), Colin (Luke Newton), Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor), Eloise (Claudia Jessie), Francesca (Ruby Stokes), Gregory (Will Tilston), and Hyacinth (Florence Hunt).

The family is preparing to present Daphne to Queen Charlotte (Golda Roseuve) as she makes her debut atop the London marriage-mart food chain. Also competing for a suitor are the Featherington’s, Penelope (Nicola Coughlan), Philipa (Harriet Cains), and Prudence (Bessie Carter), led by their mother Lady Portia.

The Queen considers Daphne flawless, raising her chances, but the Featherington’s cousin Martha (Ruby Bark) is some serious competition.

The society gossip papers, penned by the mysterious Lady Whistledown (voiced by Julie Andrews) are abuzz with the return of Simon, the Duke of Hasting (Regé-Jean Page), and the Queen’s deceleration of Daphne as Lord Anthony intimidates her potential suitors. Daphne is soon faces with a choice to avoid Lady Whistledown’s predictions of seldom coming true. How will Daphne and Simon each find a way to change the narrative of the gossip pages?

Bridgerton, which is based on Julia Quinn’s bestselling novels, is the first Netflix Original drama from prolific creator Shonda Rhimes Overseen by creator Chris Van Dusen, the series if full of mystery and intrigue that doesn’t slow down.

The cast is terrific and it’s a delight to see many fresh faces attached to the project. But it’s Phoebe Dynevor and Regé-Jean Page who truly captivate as the secrets and scandals of Regency London high society unfold.

Book a date with Bridgerton this Christmas – you won’t regret it.

 

3.5 Stars

Bridgerton arrives Christmas Day on Netflix.