Spencer

Spencer ★★★★★

i am actually left speechless, where to even begin.

having had the privilege to experience this tale of a story late at midnight, in a theatre with not too many, but just a handful of people made this experience feel surreal, to say the least. you could just feel the raw intensity; the passion, intensity and just dedication poured into this film and it blew me away.

let me start off with kristen stewart. what. an. actress. she portrayed diana so effortlessly and magnificently well, it was like she just embodied everything about her - her mannerisms, her pain; happiness; feeling of betrayal; insecurities etc are so authentic and just made her portrayal of the princess so much more unique in doing so. pablo and kristen made this film be one where you felt as though you yourself was being transported into diana's brain, where you could sort of, feel all the stuff she was going through and experience the film vicariously though her, in a sense. the detail in the production and mood of the film, such as the dim lighting, the enormous houses and establishments of the royals that was so big yet felt so small, the display of 'happiness' that the royal family always must give off to the people and just the overall feeling of so much bottled up resentment and heartache was insanely mastered, and I just felt so mesmerised by it. you could see how diana needed an escape, from the family, from the rules of the establishment, from the dresses set up for her precisely for every occasion of every day - it was so much, too much that it ruined a person and drained them of their humanity, something that unlike most of the royal family, diana never lost sight of. you see this in scenes such as when you see her run, having her from each stage of her life, childhood to her then just escaping; being 'free'. its so liberating and so enthralling, same as when she puts her outfit on the scarecrow at the end of the film or when she finally breaks off all those pearls from that necklace, its so symbolic in the sense that its her breaking away, letting herself be, well, her. another thing I absolutely loved was how this story not only is told through diana, but through people such as her chef and her assistant. it adds to the story so much, as you get to see who she is through someone other than herself and someone other than the royal family. she is truly a magnificent and strong woman, and thats shown through both the chef and her assistant being on her side, and it also comes to show how distinctly she was treated by the public as supposed to the family she married into.

now, to the technicalities of the film. the score, god the score. I could spend hours talking about it, its so beautiful and it makes me wonder whether its the best score from the whole 2021 lineup. it captures the film perfectly and I am listening to it right now, as I am writing this and it is just some of the best composition, and the way I can just find myself connecting the mood it gives off to the film is beyond anything. and I am not at all surprised, especially after seeing the composer - jonny greenwood. being a huge pta fan, the fact that this man also did the there will be blood (2006) and phantom thread (2017) score along with this one is utterly amazing, and I hope he gets every bit of praise for this score. another thing I loved was the posters for this film, it felt as though each one just kept getting better. they are all so original and so distinct to the generic posters of most modern films and the dress one (the one letterboxd has) just shows one everything they need to know about this before watching. I also love how larraín chose to make the name for this film be spencer, as supposed to windsor or mountbatten, it just makes the impact of it being her story so much greater, and I loved it. had a ton of hopes for this film and it truly delivered on every single one. can't wait to see how it holds up next oscars season.

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