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Starring: Kristen Stewart, Jack Farthing, Timothy Spall, Sean Harris, Sally Hawkins, Olga Hellsing, Thomas Douglas, Amy Manson, Ryan Wichert, John Keogh, Niklas Kohrt
OUR RATING: ★★½
Bio-drama directed by Pablo Larraín. Set at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England during the 1991 Christmas holidays, Spencer (2021) centers on the later years of the marriage of Diana Spencer (Kristen Stewart), Princess of Wales and Charles (Jack Farthing), Prince of Wales, when Diana decides to leave her marriage to Charles.
Our Favorite Quotes:'Here, there is only one tense. There is no future. The past and the present are the same thing.' - Diana (Spencer) Click To Tweet
Princess Anne: Is she here yet?
Major Alistar Gregory: Not yet, Ma’am, no.
Princess Anne: Then she’s late. And he is early.
Major Alistar Gregory: And yet she is late.
Darren: What the bloody hell are you doing here, Diana? Sorry, I mean, your Royal Highness.
Diana: I’m lost.
Darren: Why are you driving yourself?
Diana: Well, cars don’t drive on their own.
Diana: Will they kill me, do you think?
Darren: Say there was a big tractor broken down or something, eh? Say you got lost. Anything.
Diana: It’s too late for trying broken tractors on them.
Diana: I don’t usually do the getting weighed thing. I’m half jewellery, anyway. That’s what I always say. I’m not though. It’s a joke.
Major Alistar Gregory: Ma’am. Her Majesty herself just a second ago sat on these scales. And she was very insistent that everyone joins in.
Diana: I’m always catching up. Always.
Diana: [referring to Harry] Who gave you this big, hilarious coat?
Major Alistar Gregory: It’s from the storeroom, Ma’am. His Royal Highness kept saying he was cold.
Diana: Instead of turning up the heating, they’ve dressed you up like Winston Churchill.
Footman: Your Royal Highness. The family are all gathered in the drawing room for the sandwiches. They are waiting.
Diana: The sandwiches. The sandwiches. The holy sandwiches. Good. To the sandwiches.
Diana: I’ve left a coat in my car. I want you to clean it, sew it up, whatever it needs.
Maggie: A coat from where, Ma’am?
Diana: Ancient history.
Maggie: Whose ancient history?
Diana: You know at school you do tenses? There’s the past, the present, future.
Diana: Well here, there is only one tense. There is no future. The past and the present are the same thing.
William: Do you like them getting cross with you?
Diana: Yes, terribly.
William: Mummy, what’s happened?
Diana: It’s Christmas. Everything waits until after Christmas.
Diana: I’m told it’s all set. You know? All set. As if everything’s already happened.
'There's never a decision to make. There's only what must happen.' - Diana (Spencer) Click To Tweet
Diana: Papa, didn’t you say that we Spencers were distantly related to Anne Boleyn? Yes, I read all about her. They even wrote a poem. “She married the King of England. And the King chopped off her head. Because he met another woman, and wanted her to be Queen instead.”
Diana: [referring to her dress] It doesn’t fit in with my mood. It should be black. Black, to contrast the pearls. Not only did I rescue it from a scarecrow, I’m talking to it. All rumors of my disintegration confirmed.
Diana: You know, the dust in this house almost certainly contains the dead skin of every person who’s ever stayed in it. This was once Queen Victoria’s room. So it will have her skin floating in the air. She wore black for forty years after her husband died. That’s love, isn’t it?
Diana: I’ve put on weight.
Maggie: No, you’ve lost weight. There’s up or down. It’s not an issue of debate.
Diana: It will be fine. Good. You’ll be in the world, in some pub. Laughing. And I will be in a field full of f***ing landmines.
Maggie: So stand very still, and smile a lot.
'I'm a magnet for madness. Other people's madness.' - - Diana (Spencer) Click To Tweet
Maggie: In this house, everyone can hear everything.
Diana: Yes, even your thoughts.
Maggie: [to Diana] They can’t change. You have to change.
Maggie: Don’t see conspiracy everywhere. Don’t behave the way the say you behave. You make it easy for them.
Diana: Easy for them to do what? Well, say it.
Maggie: Then only remember you’re beautiful. Don’t let that go.
Diana: Beauty is useless. Beauty is clothing.
'Oh, death rock me to sleep. Bring me to quiet rest. Let pass my weary, guiltless ghost, out of my careful breast.' - Diana, peom by Anne Boleyn (Spencer) Click To Tweet
Major Alistar Gregory: I was an officer. In a regiment called the Black Watch.
Diana: And that’s what you do. You watch.
Major Alistar Gregory: Mostly I’m here because of the press. It was felt that we needed to be on guard this year because of all the silly attention that your Royal Highness is attracting.
Diana: Yes, I’m a magnet for madness. Other people’s madness.
Major Alistar Gregory: [referring to the press] Their lenses are terribly powerful these days, Ma’am.
Diana: Their lenses are more like microscopes, actually. And I am the insect in the dish. You see, they’re pulling my wings and my legs off. One by one. Making notes on how I react. “Oh, she really does make a fuss this one, doesn’t she? She’s not like Anne Boleyn, who offered her head to the tweezers with such grace.”
William: Mummy, you’re freezing.
Diana: I tried to escape. Got captured.
William: Major William to Soldier Diana. Tell the Major what’s happened to make you so sad.
Diana: Sir. Don’t know what you mean, Sir.
William: I want the truth, Soldier.
Diana: Sir. The past, Sir.
William: I think it’s the present, Soldier.
Harry: I think it’s in the future.
William: My perfect, perfect Christmas, Sir, is not following the rules and doing whatever you want.
Harry: Eating with your hands!
William: Not showing up. What would that be like?
Diana: That would be a miracle.