The first trailer for Pablo Larraín’s “Spencer,” starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana, is a significant tease of a powerful performance that many critics have praised. Rather than do a full-on encapsulating biography, the piece is set during a holiday where Princess Diana must put on a different persona all the while planning for a divorce from her husband, Prince Charles (Jack Farthing). It’s no easy task to say the least as she also has to face the Royal Family.
The camera work and cinematography are reminiscent of “Jackie,” another smaller biopic piece from Larraín that is also set during a localized period of time. Though the circumstances are different, there is no doubt that the cast, especially Stewart, will give the same energy and heart and turn it into some impressive performances.
Even those that saw “Spencer” at the Toronto International Film Festival, Telluride, and the Venice Film Festival have all given unamious praise for the technical work as well as Stewart, who seems like an Oscar frontrunner at this point.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for “Spencer:”
The marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles has long since grown cold. Though the rumors of affairs and divorce abound, peace is ordained for the Christmas festivities at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate. There’s eating and drinking, shooting and hunting, Diana knows the game. But this year, things will be profoundly different. Spencer is an imaging of what might have happened during those few fateful days.
Of course, the film is just one of many other shows and films that are obsessed with telling the story of the Royal Family. The latest season of Netflix’s “The Crown” centered on the early days of the Diana and Charles relationship. And we all saw how well that show was received when it won multiple Emmy awards.
Timothy Spall, Sean Harris, and Sally Hawkins also star.
“Spencer opens in theaters on November 5, 2021.