AJ Hebb’s review published on Letterboxd:
"It's not just me who loves you." ~Maggie (Sally Hawkins)
You know the saying; royal snitches get royal stitches because they can't recover the slaying Diana did in that final scene.
Spencer is one of the best depictions of mental health I've ever seen. As someone who tries to advocate my own, I felt all kinds of emotions watching Diana struggle with the lifestyle of being royalty. I didn't know much about Princess Diana herself but watching this film made me more into her story. She has her dark moments, but she also has moments that bring her back into the light. That's what it's like living with mental health. No matter how long it takes, you will reach the end of the dark road.
The visuals, editing, and sound all go with the story's tone. What presents itself as a glorified dream is a psychological nightmare. Like Diana, the audience can't tell which moments are accurate or in her head. The most excellent example is the dinner scene. Of course, that didn't happen, but the added depth of Diana's score and absolute brokenness made me think it did. I got pure anxiety from that scene.
Kristen Stewart as Diana? What else is there to say? Beautiful. Brilliant. Talented. A goddess.
Welcome to the Top 100 list, Queen.