A fable from a true tragedy.
The new Spencer film sums itself up quite nicely before it has even begun. It centres around three days of Christmas at Sandringham with the royal family and during which Diana decides to leave Charles.
I went in with quite negative expectations, based on other people’s experiences of seeing the film. However, I found myself rather enjoying Kristen Stewart as Diana, as she has undoubtedly evolved from her Twilight days. The film focuses heavily on Diana’s internal struggles and her fight against bulimia, and the images are rather raw and leave an impression. The downside of this is that there is very little interaction with the family, except for her sons and Charles. I think it would have been interesting to see more of this. Diana’s internal struggles are also emphasized by the intense music that accompanies the film. I found the music to be rather distracting and even took away from the story, which is a shame.
Nevertheless, with its beautiful sets and a wardrobe of dreams, Spencer becomes a nightmarish fairytale. It has its ups and downs, and I have rather mixed feelings about the whole thing. Perhaps this is just one of those films that you either love or hate.
Spencer is now in cinemas. For more release dates, go here.