The new Princess Diana inspired drama film, Spencer, was released in Australian cinemas on January 26 and has already been fast-tracked to streaming service Prime Video.
The new horror-biopic film, directed by Chilean director Pablo Larraín is essentially the lovechild of Larraín and British screenwriter Steve Knight. The film focuses on just three days of Princess Diana’s life, over a Christmas spent at Sandringham Castle in 1991. Spencer is being described as a psychological drama that sheds a confronting light on the late Princess’s life, and her ultimate mental decline in the years before her death.
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The Academy-award nominated drama sees well-known American actress Kristen Stewart play the role of Princess Diana as she makes the decision to end her then-10 year-long marriage to Prince Charles and withdraw herself from the royal family.
Friendly reminder that Pablo Larrain’s latest masterpiece @Spencer_Movie staring Oscar Nominee for Best Actress Kristen Stewart is currently streaming on @hulu ! Showcasing some of the previous year’s absolute best cinematography, scoring, and costume/set design! Go watch now!!(: pic.twitter.com/k42fb0W1uW
— Dan The Stan ???? (@DanlyVideo) February 17, 2022
The film has received predominantly positive reviews from critics and viewers, with fans labeling Stewart’s performance as “masterful” and “astounding”.
Just saw Spencer. I suggest that the academy start printing the label for Kristen’s Oscar right now! She is masterful. There isn’t one thing about the film that I would change!
— Leslie Jones (@Spiker715) November 5, 2021
They really fu*ked with her big time in that movie. Kristen’s ???? portray of Princess Diane ???? is astounding.
It breaks one’s heart to know a person that shined so bright, dazzling like a star, truly a seed of the Universe ???? was snuffed out so prematurely.
— Ra (@RaX369) November 14, 2021
Stewart has since been nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actress for her stellar performance in Spencer. Critics are deeming it Stewart’s best role yet, despite portraying stellar performances in many films, including Into the Wild and Still Alice.
— Spencer (@Spencer_Movie) September 23, 2021
Stewart told MTV UK that she’d watched all of The Crown in preparation for the role and spoke about her fondness for the late princess’s legacy and her ability to bring people together.
“I blew through The Crown in three days,” Stewart said.
“She’s ironically a very unknowable figure [but] I think all she wanted was to be available.
“And she was and that was what was beautiful about her. Her ability to bridge gaps and connect people together.
“Her life feels incredible and she exudes it.
“Even when she’s not well in pictures where she’s clearly… she wore her heart on her sleeve.
“There’s never a time she’s not showing how she’s feeling even if she’s not saying it.”
The film will also see performances from other notable cast members including Jack Farthing as Prince Charles, Freddy Spry as Prince Harry, Jack Nielen as Prince William and Stella Gonet as Queen Elizabeth II.
The film runs for just under two hours and is available to stream on Prime Video now.