Spencer

Spencer

TIFF 2021- 14

It’s good!

I have some issues with the script, which feels simultaneously too on-the-nose and too elusive to truly work. Despite a clear understanding of what Diana wants, the film never allows for a progression towards her goal in a satisfying way. There is plenty of small resistance shown, yes, but that resistance seldom amounts to much. This is not a film of emotional highs and lows, but of mostly relentless despair. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s not as dynamic as one would hope for.

The rest of the craft is fairly wonderful, though. Johnny Greenwood delivers another excellent score, Larraín knows how to stage scene marvellously, Claire Mathon shoots the absolute hell out of this and, of course, Kristin Stewart is great as Diana. 

Didn’t love this as much as I was hoping to, but it’s absolutely worth watching and I’m excited to see it again.

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