For fans of director Pablo Larraín and actress Kristen Stewart, Spencer is a film that is not to be missed. Expect Spencer to get a lot of attention around awards season for Larraín and Stewart. Both have Oscar potential.
Spencer is the fictionalized story of the holiday season during which the former Diana Spencer, by then firmly ensconced as Princess Diana, decided to leave Prince Charles. Stewart plays Princess Diana, and she goes above and beyond in Spencer. She has taken on a variety of dark roles in her career, but this one knocks it out of the park. And Larraín’s directing sets the tension for the anger Stewart displays throughout the film. Jack Farthing as Prince Charles and Timothy Spall as Major Alistar Gregory are also solid in the film.
I truly loved Spencer. Although it involved one of the most famous people on the planet, it is very much about the real-life emotions of someone who is stuck in a very difficult situation. And again, I think both Larraín and Stewart are Oscar-worthy. Four stars for Spencer.