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Spencer (2021)

Written by Steven Knight and directed by Pablo Larraín

The only portrait that really matters is the one they use to put on the ten pound note. When they take that one, you understand all you are, my dear, is currency.

The fairytale facade of Prince Charles and Princess Diana has long since been picked and prodded for decades, leaving many rumors and questions unanswered. Spencer is a new look into the glum reality that Diana (Kristen Stewart) faced throughout her years in the monarchy and the emotional turmoil she went through simply trying to be good enough for the Royal Family.

This film follows an intense ride that teeters between reality and Diana’s false reality, leaving the audience questioning what is real and what is not. Including mild elements of psychological horror, the viewer finds themselves as lost as Diana was. Spencer shines a light on the trauma the People’s Princess endured with an overall unapologetic presence of The Family.

Kristen Stewart does a spectacular job in capturing the extreme pain Diana felt towards the end of her time in the monarchy and the aloneness while being surrounded by The Family’s posse constantly. The soundtrack does a remarkable job making the audience feel the very appropriate sense of impending doom, while still allowing hope to shine through even though we know how Diana’s story ends.

Plot: 4/5

Soundtrack: 5/5

Aesthetic: 3.5/5

Script: 4.5/5

Representation: 2.5/5

Overall: 4.5/5

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