“A fable from a true tragedy.”

From the moment Spencer opens with these words, any preconceived notions that the audience has about sitting down for a conventional biopic is completely thrown out the window. Instead, director Pablo Larraín and writer Steven Knight place us right inside the aching mind of Diana, herself (Kristen Stewart) as she struggles to get through the annual Christmas festivities at the Queen's Sandringham Estate with the rest of the royal family.

"beautifully crafted and an absolute gift to watch"

The film is not only psychological and deeply evocative, but even stretches to wonderfully implement some grammar seen in horror films. Being that it is gorgeous, haunting, and at times heartwarming, Spencer shows Larraín, Stewart, and cinematographer Claire Mathon all at their best as they bring this ghost story to life.

It’s Christmas holiday of December 1991. Diana just has a get through three days with the royal family, but the estate and the people are all but warm and inviting to her. Being locked in and constantly observed by virtually everyone surrounding her, all Diana wishes to do is to go home. Her real home. The home she knew before the glamour and scandal of the royal family life. In the midst of her undesirable circumstances, perhaps Diana can still salvage at least a tiny piece of who she used to be. Or perhaps she will succumb to the dark urges, visions, and fantasies that reoccur throughout her less-than-pleasant visit.Spencer

So, chances are you have already seen a headline or another review raving about Stewart’s performance. Well, I am here to tell you: believe the hype! Stewart is absolutely phenomenal in this film. Accent and all, Stewart completely embodies the late Princess of Wales, giving a gut-wrenching, raw, and emotionally visceral performance that is surely to land her a nomination, if not the win for Best Leading Actress at the Academy Awards. (I say, just give her the award now). She carries the entire film on her back in such a beautifully exhausting way. It is, without a doubt, the best performance of her career.

The film is darkly magical. It employs elements of surrealism and fantasy as we experience Diana’s harmful and violent visions, completely in-tune with her psyche. The cinematography and the score both perfectly accentuate this dark, fantastical mood. Mathon sets the scene with photography that is both painting-like beautiful, but is also fittingly gloomy. The score by Jonny Greenwood is surprisingly jazzy at multiple points, but it somehow mixes into the movie perfectly, adding to the mystery and the tension of the film. 

All in all, Spencer will surprise and blow your mind in many ways. It is not a from-life-to-death or rags-to-riches biopic that we have now seen countless time. Larraín has completely put his unique spin on the genre with a film that could easily be considered a psychological thriller at many points. Overall, it is beautifully crafted and an absolute gift to watch. You do not want to miss this film.

Spencer is now playing in theaters.

5/5 stars


Blu-ray Details

Home Video Distributor: Decal Releasing
Available on Blu-ray
- January 11, 2022
Screen Formats: 1.67:1
: English SDH
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc set
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

The marriage of Princess Diana (Kristen Stewart) and Prince Charles (Jack Farthing) has long since grown cold. Thought rumors of affairs and a 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 imagining of what might have happened during those few fateful days.


Every gloomy, foggy, and surreal frame is presented in beautiful detail in the 1080p 1.66:1 high-definition transfer of this fever-dream film. Claire Mathon’s exceptional photography does not lose its magic for one second. The muted colors, the gloom of the skies, all stand out perfectly on this release.


With the 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track, you are absolutely immersed from all sides of Diana’s psyche as she crawls through the holiday festivities with the Royal Family. And expertly mixed in is Jonny Greenwood’s oddly beautiful score that you cannot help but love.


Though what is included is scarce, it is still very enjoyable. We get a brief look into some of the production of the film, while also getting bits of character analysis from members of the cast and crew. The only problem is that there should be more…MUCH more!


  • The is no commentary included for this release

Special Features:

  • The Making of Spencer
  • Trailer

Blu-ray Rating

  Movie 5/5 stars
  Video  4/5 stars
  Audio 4/5 stars
  Extras 2/5 stars

Composite Blu-ray Grade

4/5 stars


Film Details


MPAA Rating: Rated R for some language.
117 mins
: Pablo Larraín
Steven Knight
Kristen Stewart; Timothy Spall; Jack Nielen
: Drama | Biography

Memorable Movie Quote: "Will they kill me, do you think?"
Theatrical Distributor:
Endeavor Content
Official Site: https://neonrated.com/films/spencer
Release Date:
November 5, 2021.
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
January 11, 2022
Synopsis: During her Christmas holidays with the royal family at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England, Diana decides to leave her marriage to Prince Charles.