Twilight series co-stars Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson have used their influence for the benefit of the indie movie scene in recent years. Pattinson starred in several A24 movies such as: Good time, High life, and The lighthouse. Stewart’s contribution to independent film is equally impressive.
The thirty-one-year-old actress has starred in groundbreaking independent films since she played Bella Swan. From the 2015 sci-fi novel equal to with Nicholas Hoult to the 2019 biopic Seberg, Stewart has found a way to use her fame to create passion projects with innovative filmmakers.
In her latest movie Spencer, Kristen Stewart tackles the daunting task of portraying Princess Diana. The film is directed by Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín, who released the critically acclaimed biopic Jackie in 2016. Despite the fact that it looks like a prestigious painting, there are people who think Spencer is controversial.
Stewart as Diana in Spencer
Scheduled for release in the United States on November 5, Spencer is a highly anticipated fall film. Princess Diana is a polarizing historical figure with a compelling life story fit for the screen. Naomi Watts played her in the 2013 film Diana & Emma-Louise Corrin portrayed the Princess of Wales in The crown.
Stewart’s performance in Spencer has fueled the debate in film criticism circles. After the film premiered this year at the famous Venice Film Festival, many consider Stewart a shoo-in Oscar nominee for Best Actress. Some critics even consider Spencer to be a career-defining role for Stewart.
Robert Daniels from polygon writes that “Spencer is an act of psychological horror, kind of ghost story and survival image worn by an eerily compelling Kristen Stewart, in the best performance of her career. However, with a subject as controversial as the royal family, there are certainly detractors.
Time film critic Stephanie Zacahrek was unimpressed by Spencer. She writes that “Larraín turns this Diana into exactly what the royal family accused the real Diana, a willful and pouting constant complainer.” It will be interesting to see what fervent Diana Stans think of the film when it hits theaters.
Pablo Larraín probably hopes Spencer will win award season gold after his last movie Jackie was nominated for three Academy Awards. That idea seems promising thanks to Stewart’s powerful performance. Xan Brooks from the guard writes that “Kristen Stewart proves to be very convincing in the title role.”
Despite the austere and artsy atmosphere, Larraín’s still has mixed reviews Spencer. David Rooney from The Hollywood Reporter thought “not everything lands” in the movie. Still, he writes that “it tells a sad story that we all think we know in a new and truly disturbing light.”
Kristen Stewart may not be the only big name associated with Spencer to bring accolades for the film. The film was scored by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood. Greenwood has received praise for his scores in a number of Paul Thomas Anderson films, including: There will be blood & The teacher.
Spencer‘s screenplay was written by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight. Knight decided to narrow the scope of the script to a particular Christmas celebration in Sandringham to explore the dynamics of the royal family. With such a short span of time, we can really gain insight into what Diana’s life was like.
Stewart’s thoughts on the role
Refusing to be pigeonholed by Hollywood, Kristen Stewart has gone on to become one of the world’s most dynamic artists. In creation Spencer, the actress has found some striking parallels between herself and Princess Diana.
In an interview with Weekly entertainmentStewart reveals that she’s “came close to this sort of manic level of fame and intrusion.” After being thrust into the limelight at such a young age, it makes sense that Stewart would look for more reserved roles in smaller films.
Playing a role as emblematic as the late Princess of Wales would be intimidating to some actresses. Still, Kristen Stewart admires Diana’s restrained strength. The actress thinks the “power she draws into every room was probably so unnerving to people who wanted some sort of understated and quiet figurehead.”
While Spencer & Kristen Stewart’s performance has divided opinion among critics, it’s still a movie that will be talked about a lot this fall. What do you think of Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana? Let us know in the comment section!