Spencer

Spencer

An extremely well done biopic. It really puts you in the shoes of Diana. It makes you feel the pain and stress that she is feeling. Kristen Stewart plays the character perfectly. She embodies Diana and her pain. It’s certainly a transformative role and I often forgot it was Stewart while watching it. I think all the doubts people had about her acting abilities should be gone now because she knocked this role out of the park. You follow the whole movie through her eyes and her world. You experience everything she is going through. And if it wasn’t for the performance, a lot of it would’ve fallen flat. She even perfect the mannerisms and movements of the character. She definitely steals the show and in a way carries the movie. However the rest of the cast is great. Sally Hawkins has a more warm presence in the film and is one of the only people that Diana seemed to be safe around. She really did a great job here. Timothy Spall is also amazing as the watchful Butler (not sure if that a the word that fits what his role is). His performance surprised me. They actually did quite a good job at adding some layers to this character and he really is great. Sean Harris brings a more calm presence to the movie as the head chef and I found him pretty likable. I kind of wanted more of Charles but the scenes he did get were quite good and I understand why there isn’t much of him. Diana’s sons were also really good and her relationship with them was the heart of the movie for me. It’s definitely a stressful movie. Diana is really always being watched. And even when she isn’t see still feels like they are reading her mind. I think the Pearl scene is best part that really shows her anxiety. I think this movie allowed itself the freedom of not being based of specific events that happened. There’s definitely things based of reality just by how she acts and all that but I think it makes it so that the movie was really able to do what it wanted. It wasn’t stuck to be something that re-enacts some basic points that happened in Diana’s life. It is 3 days of her life. I also think it was just an interesting time to focus on. It was basically at the post where the “fairytale” of this royal life was coming to end for her and perhaps had already ended. Where she really just wanted to live a normal life. This was the point where her marriage with Charles was basically over. Her children were basically the only bright spots left. She chose this life but now she realizes that she doesn’t want it. And I find all that fascinating. The script is quite good. There is some really good dialogue. Some of it confused me but I think that’s just probably because I’m just super well versed in Royal stuff and things like that. But it was a great screenplay. Diana’s interactions with some of the staff members of the house. That was definitely an interesting aspect of the film. And of course it’s just amazing from a technical aspect. The cinematography was gorgeous. They did a really good job at making the movie look like it was from the 90s. The costume design was stunning. Diana’s costumes were a very important part of the film and they nailed their look. The score is hauntingly beautiful and fits every scene it is in. I also found the sound design quite effective. The makeup on Kristen Stewart was really impressive as well and really helped her transform into the character even more. Pretty much every technical aspect of the movie is perfect. Now I can’t say that I was fully enthralled with it. Not that it ever lost my attention and other than the beginning I didn’t find it slow, but I just wasn’t fully transformed into the movie like it seemed to have wanted me to be. But I think that’s more so because I paused a few times since that pretty much always happens when I see movies with my family and I also just think it’s a movie that’s made for the big screen surprisingly. I will say that theme wise it isn’t super profound. A lot of scenes have the same times/meaning that can be a bit repetitive but none of that bothered me too much. And I think that’s also why certain things didn’t hit as hard as maybe they should have. Still I was quite fascinated by the movie and the characters. I really did think it was great. I just want fully immersed in it. That’s really the only main flaw I can find at the moment. There’s probably one or two but picks like I wanted more of the Queen and where was the king and blah blah but none of that really matters anyways. It’s quite a beautiful movie. Definitely one of the best of year. Pablo Larráin did quite a wonderful job at directing it. And everyone involved really helped make it as good as it is. Kristen Stewart is just amazing and the movie is great.

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