Did we think we would ever see anyone play Princess Diana? If we did, did we see them play them well? Well, that aside, there has been some controversy over the new film starring Naomi Watts as Diana and Naveen Andrews (Lost) as heart surgeon Hasnat Khan.
‘Diana’ was supposed to make an “insightful and compassionate study of Diana’s later years”, but instead has turned out as an appalling take on her life. Critics have called it “atrocious and intrusive” before now, but it is just a monstrous hit in the head. In my eyes, just seeing the trailer, it made the royal family seem more of a joke than anything else and wasn’t a very well written movie at all. The trailer seems as if it has the best pieces of the film in it. The actors also seemed to overact some of their lines.
Don’t get me wrong though, Watts plays a very strong character, just not one of the Princess.
The movie looks as if it is a cheap effort at making a good film, but failed miserably.
David Edwards (The Mirror) described the film as “a cheap and cheerless effort that looks like a Channel 5 mid-week matinee”.
“The Queen of Hearts has been recast as a sad-sack singleton that even Bridget Jones would cross the street to avoid,” says Edwards.
The Daily Mail’s Christopher Tookey also brands the film as “terribly, terribly dull”.
“The movie is not as tacky or sensationalist as one might fear,” writes Tookey, but then goes on to say “the bottom of the royal barrel has been scraped once too often”.
“I hesitate to use the term ‘car crash drama’, but the awful truth is that, 16 years after that terrible day in 1997, she has died another awful death,” says Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw, “This is due to an excruciatingly well intentioned, reverential and sentimental biopic about her troubled final years, laced with bizarre cardboard dialogue – a tabloid fantasy of how famous and important people speak in private.”
Bradshaw also then says “Watts’s elaborate impression has… the doe-eyed gaze of seduction and reproach”. But adds “she looks like she’s in a two-hour Spitting Image sketch, scripted by Jeffrey Archer”.
Edwards from The Mirror states that Watts “looks, acts and sounds nothing like the Princess of Wales”.
“Wesley Snipes in a blonde wig would be more convincing.”
Three stars were given from The Independent’s Geoffrey McNab, praising Watts’s “intense and volatile performance”, but echoes that the 44-year-old actress “doesn’t really resemble the character she is playing”.
“What makes it frustrating as a film though, are its many sudden shifts in mood,” he adds.
On the hand, away from all the negativity, The Daily Express, calls it “a must see this autumn [which] will leave the audience in tears”.
UPDATE: Here is the trailer for the movie