Spencer

Spencer ★★★★★

Pablo be doing it like no one else huh. Dudes full on innovating in the emotional language sphere, he takes from what has been done before but something feels off, something distant and discordant. The dysphoria, anxiety and the struggle of will Diana faced is explored to such a degree that you feel like your experiencing it with her. This does one of my favorite things in film and that is the transportation of subconscious thought to verbal exclamation. All the people around her are literalizing the thoughts and feelings they feel towards her, there is no subtlety here everything is laid out in the table, no reservations. Calling it "high camp" is probably reducing the craft on display here, I've never seen truths, platitudes and thoughts be delivered with this much directness. Pablo takes hyperbolic and operatic modes and adapts them within a realistic framing. Feels uncanny in its ability to take high emotion and distill it through such a vivid grouded lens.

In a way this mirrors it's thematic explorations of performance and reality, the royal family has two version of themselves, one they keep to themselves and one they show to the cameras (this gels well with the film's sensibilites of simultaneous hyperbole and realism, the royal family is stuck in this dichotomy too). Diana doesn't want to corporate with this so she is at odds with the status quo of the film itself. Visually it's a stunning sensory experience that drives it's melodrama home, there's so much operating here but it never once felt jarring, emotional in the most palpable and realised way. This enriches the sequences that have no dialogue and it's just Diana roaming around breaking under the weight of her own emotions. Makes you wanna cry like you would when watching a heart wrenching ballet performance. As the film draws to a close everything feels soaked in cliche. Triumph against all the odds is now the name of the game.

The dissonance has faded and we can finally drive off into the sunset (just like the ending of 80s/90s movie with music playing out your victory). A movie that sturggles with the very notion of being human, it's a messy disturbing affair, it makes it up as goes along, an all too well reflection of the human condition (this comes across as Jackie's more fearful horrified sister). A real force of nature, I just was so enraptured and compelled by this, art is just so incredible I mean I love how chaotic and uninhibited it can be thank god for films like Spencer.

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