The film about the late Princess of Wales is set to premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September.
“Spencer,” Pablo Larrain’s highly-anticipated drama about the life of Princess Diana portrayed by Kristen Stewart, continues to be the talk of the town. Much of the latest conversation took place at a recent test screening in Los Angeles, where the film reportedly received “rave reviews” from several critics, particularly for Larrain’s direction and Stewart’s “divine” performance.
According to World of Reel’s Jordan Ruimy, the event required viewers to sign a non-disclosure agreement to keep the contents of the film under wraps.
Despite this, Ruimy still managed to hear first reactions from an audience member. Many of the reviews revealed how the film is a “sensory experience about the inner demons Diana had during her days with Charles” that explores the “claustrophobic and highly stressful situations” that Princess Diana had usually been seen in. A member of the audience also noted that the exploration of the late Princess of Wales’ psyche made “the tension and level of anxiety almost unbearable at times.”
The drama was also described as a different portrayal altogether when compared to the hit show “The Crown,” whom an initial viewer of “Spencer” deemed as “mainstream” compared to the Larrain film.
As for Stewart’s depiction of Princess Diana, it was perceived as “divine,” “impressive,” and something that “pushed” the actress to her brink.
From the director of Jackie and written by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, Spencer revolves around a weekend in the early 1990s at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk when Princess Diana decided to split from Prince Charles amid rumors of affairs.
Stewart leads the film alongside Jack Farthing who plays Prince Charles. They are joined by BAFTA nominee Timothy Spall (The King’s Speech), Academy Award nominee Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water), and Sean Harris (Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation/Fallout).
The film, which is perceived to be an early Oscar contender, is scheduled to debut at this year’s Venice Film Festival, with a wider release set for 2022 to mark the 25th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death.