Spencer ★★★★

Quickie Review (3000th Film on Letterboxd Overall)
You probably noticed something on the top of the review. I’ll explain at the end. Anyway, after exploring Jackie Kennedy’s life and mind following the fatal assassination of JFK, Pablo Larrain now jumps to the UK to take a look at one of the most famous and sympathetic members of the Royal Family with this harrowing and atmospheric drama that doesn’t entirely based itself on any real stories or events but goes for a more legend-based approach. Kristen Stewart gives an absolutely stunning performance as Princess Diana, who faces an internal crisis during her holiday time with the family as her marriage to Prince Charles (Jack Farthing) is on the rocks due to his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles. During her time at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, Diana is on the verge of a breakdown and struggles with her mental health problems amidst a crumbling marriage and the eyes of the royals all on her. I’ve never seen Larrain’s previous efforts, especially Jackie, but if that movie is anything like this one, I might have to check out that and his other works. This is categorized as a biopic but despite some real moments from her life being explored, this is more of a fable than a true biopic and it kinda also feels like a psychological thriller zeroing in on a woman on the verge of mental collapse while married into a family that controls certain aspects of her life. Maybe it’s the solid music score by Jonny Greenwood that makes it feel like a psychological thriller. Stewart’s performance is what carries the movie throughout and is compelling, taut, mannered and enthralling, proving herself to be one of the best of this generation by far. I wouldn’t be surprised if her name shows up on the day of Oscar nominations. Spencer is as gripping as it is devastating and it’s anchored by Stewart’s Oscar-worthy performance. I highly recommend giving this one a watch. Also, about that notice. I made it to 3000 watched films overall on Letterboxd and thisclose to reaching 3000 reviews published here so I honestly don’t think I would’ve reached that milestone without y’all liking the reviews, commenting, sharing and following. Thanks for the support, everyone, and be on the lookout for the 3000th review* soon! 

*remember, it’s the 3000th review and not 3000th film watched overall

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