I remember the moment I learned of Princess Diana’s passing. It’s one of those rare events that gets filed away very specifically.

I was home in Pleasant Ridge in front of a computer, and my dad called at a strange hour. News traveled differently in 1997. I would fathom with time zone shifts it was the following day. We lingered in disbelief for some minutes in solace.

Seeing Kristen Stewart transform into the role of someone so visible and mysterious in Spencer was… somber, provocative and a little unsettling—feelings amplified by Jonny Greenwood’s soundtrack.

It’s a challenging movie that requires a particular frame of mind and feels like a painting in some regards.