In “Spencer”, Kristen Stewart explains how Lady Diana spent three Christmas days at a Sandringham country house in 1991. The movie is not autobiographical, it’s too imprecise for that. Is Stewart’s role enough for an Oscar?
“A tale is a tragedy,” is how director Pablo Larrain describes his cinematic homage to Princess Diana. It shows how the Princess of Hearts had to spend three dreary days at Christmas with her husband Charles and his royal family in 1991 – a year before their divorce. It’s dark hours at Sandringham Manor. Screwed in corset commitments, with a few glimpses of light. She lives the rare and fun moments with her two sons, William and Harry. So she is a loving mother who invents toys for her children and gets lost in the process.
But the depressing shadow is always there. Is Diana’s tender soul broken during the three days of Christmas? The loss of appetite she suffers is evident, as is her closeness to the spiritual abyss.
Will you watch the movie “Spencer”?
One suffers from Diana
Kristen Stewart interprets the Princess with great accuracy and striking similarity. And you suffer as a spectator. When Charles again yells at Diana for not keeping up with royal morals. Or wearing the wrong dress. Kristen Stewart plays the suffering Diana very well. It is very likely that this famous role will bring her her first Oscar.
Even Stewart let’s forget that many of the tales and facts in “Spencer” stem from the imagination of Pablo Larren. In the opening scene, for example, the director decided to focus on beautiful images rather than portraying reality. Diana never drove a Porsche like this, and especially not alone – without any entourage. Not limited to inaccuracies.
Is it still worth it? Yes. “Spencer” is a hilariously disappointing movie for Diana fans – but it’s probably less tasteful than the mainstream.
“Spencer” will be in theaters on Thursday, January 12th.
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