The final, tense days of Princess Diana’s marriage to Prince Charles are brought to life by a revelatory Kristen Stewart in Pablo Larraín’s searing psychological drama.
In the latest magnificent, off-kilter historical drama from Pablo Larraín (JACKIE, PFF25), something is rotten in Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham Estate, and it may have something to do with a tardy princess. While the astute staff finalize preparations for the Christmas holiday and the royal family solemnly arrives to undertake stale traditions, Diana, the Princess of Wales (Kristen Stewart) is nowhere to be found. Diana’s last attempts to get fresh air before succumbing to a suffocating, silent evening with her embarrassed husband (Jack Farthing) and unforgiving mother-in-law (Stella Gonet) will become a common disturbance for the stiff royals. It doesn’t help that a famous axed-wife of Henry VIII appears to haunt the vast corridors of the estate with vague warnings of doom and gloom. Only her cherubic sons, William and Harry, and her personal dresser Maggie (Sally Hawkins) seem to bring the People’s Princess joy anymore. As her confining surroundings squeeze out every last gasp for air, Diana must face the truth that maybe her fairytale won’t end happily ever after. Brimming with exquisite costumes and sets, SPENCER is led by a charismatic and heartbreaking performance from Stewart that’s sure to bring awards recognition. The film succeeds in injecting the often stale biopic with Larraín’s trademark anarchic perspective on characters on the precipice of sanity, going beyond behind the myriad of paparazzi photos and rumors to find the complex, distraught, and beloved woman who continues to inspire the world today.
CAST: Kristen Stewart, Timothy Spall, Sally Hawkins, Sean Harris
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