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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
Naveen Andrews
Naomi Watts
Douglas Hodge
Geraldine James
Juliet Stevenson.
Directors
Oliver Hirschbiegel.
Screenwriters
Stephen Jeffreys.
Running Time
113 minutes

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Diana
Good grief England’s rose


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Plot
The last two years of Diana, Princess of Wales, are rendered as a revelation of The Secret Love That Cannot Be with a Pakistani heart surgeon and a calculated flight with Dodi Fayed, in an archetypal poor little rich girl tale of a forlorn princess who just wants to be loved.


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Even if one goes into Diana with no axe to grind, one is in for a shock of the dreariest kind. Even a combination of creative freedom, artistic licence, the oversight of Downfall's director and a world-class actress in Naomi Watts fail to trump questionable taste, extravagant establishment / media opprobrium and a screenplay based on tittle-tattle.

Watts presumably felt she could do with Diana what Meryl Streep did with Margaret Thatcher. Wrong! The costumes are spot on but little else is, so we are never under the illusion that we are in Diana’s life or her pretty head. As events plod a Mills-and-Boon, low-brow and soapy path to their fatal Parisian conclusion, it’s very episodic, with scenic diversions between furtive trysts of Diana and Andrews’s manly, upright Haznat Khan for some snogging and much soul-searching over takeaway burgers. Diana globetrots in humanitarian causes: oh look, we’re in Angola, Sydney, Sardinia!

The only remotely moving bits are those of public record that remind us of Diana’s compassion for the suffering, such as her walk through a minefield. The intimacies suggested by the tell-all butler (Hodge), a confidant who seems to be Di’s reflexologist (James) and an unidentifiable “close friend” (Stevenson) yield preposterous, inappropriately hilarious scenes of Di hiding in a car boot, a distraught Di bashing out Bach on the piano or Di dashing, tearful and barefoot, through central London alone at night. Perhaps she did those things but - rather a problem for a drama - they don’t play as credible. And no-one need be concerned about the Royal Family’s feelings, they can take care of themselves and are barely alluded to. The person one feels truly sorry for is Dr. Khan, evidently a very private man, whose worst nightmare this film must be.


Verdict
More terrible and tacky than one could have imagined, it will soon be forgotten and consigned to the True Movies channel to play alongside television movies about Karen Carpenter, Jayne Mansfield and Jackie Kennedy.


Reviewed by Angie Errigo


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RE: Diana

If I didn't know John Hughes was dead I would have sworn he had written this film. ... More

Posted by chang at 12:01, 31 December 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Diana

Well, that was whelming. It was just so unbelievable throughout, at no point was I ever convinced about anything. Naomi Watts doesn't look like Diana, she doesn't act like Diana and she doesn't sound like Diana. The only moment she looks remotely like her were the scenes of her doing that famous BBC interview, which still came across as fake as the wig we're expected to believe convinced Dr. Khan she wasn't who she said she was, standing inches away from his face. If the point was to show ... More

Posted by Hood_Man at 23:13, 28 September 2013 | Report This Post


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Is this film not doing very well financially? I was going to see it today, to satisfy my curiosity and see for myself if it really is the film everyone's saying it is, but after having a week of several showings a day I discovered that I've already missed today's showings (both in the dead, mid afternoon slot) at my local cinema! Obviously when a film gets such a universally negative reception you'd expect it to do badly, but I assumed there'd be enough notoriety over a film about "The P... More

Posted by Hood_Man at 17:20, 27 September 2013 | Report This Post


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L: And as for awkward interviews, I don't know about the others but she made her sit down with Mayo awkward. heard that interview on YouTube the other day she was unnecessarily defensive but I took that to be her getting upset with all the criticisms of the film. She does seem annoyed by all the critical comments. She should have expected some no matter how good it could have been. ... More

Posted by Cruisecontroller at 13:16, 27 September 2013 | Report This Post


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Whoever greenlit this could have had a massive hit on their hands if they'd just adapted the classic Viz photo story 'Frankenstein Must Di!' instead. ... More

Posted by horribleives at 11:42, 27 September 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Diana

I wouldn't feel too sorry for her, sir. This film won't damage her career and she'll have more money than you and I will ever see in our lifetime. And as for awkward interviews, I don't know about the others but she made her sit down with Mayo awkward. ... More

Posted by MonsterCat at 11:32, 27 September 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Diana

I saw it last night and thought it was okay not brilliant it could have been better but if your interested in her life there were some interesting moments like her going to Ronnie Scott's disguised in a black long haired wig that I didn't know. Naomi Watts sounded like her and had some of her mannerisms but didn't really look that much like her. She's a great actress but this isn't one of her best performances it's just ok. The film is corny and unintentionally funny in parts during some of the... More

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Posted by Cruisecontroller at 11:26, 27 September 2013 | Report This Post


Appalling drivel

Naveen Andrews deserves far better than the sentimental tosh he's required to spout in this sordid mess of a film. I'd say it was a car-crash of a movie but, well, you know... Quite what the late Diana's family make of the sickly billboard posters everywhere, God only knows. The subject of the unfortunate Diana's untimely death was much better - and respectfully handled - in Stephen Frears' The Queen. Everyone involved in THIS tripe should be ashamed of themselves. Giving it one star (but on... More

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Posted by Roo at 21:24, 21 September 2013 | Report This Post


RE: SHE WAS MURDERED

Do you think people here will go see this? I might I suppose, but I'd need confirmation it's The Room/Plan 9 From Outer Space style enjoyably bad as opposed to just dull & boring. ... More

Posted by JCR at 00:50, 18 September 2013 | Report This Post


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L: rawlinson L: MonsterCat L: Deviation I'm really starting to think that we were all on drugs when we saw Downfall and called it something of a great film. t is, though. Makes me wonder what happened to Hirschbiegel. ive Minutes of Heaven is better than Downfall, so he's still capable of great films. If Diana's as bad as the reviews claim then it's going to be the material. Or a conspiracy between the Queen and the reverse vampires. e's equally capable of t... More

Posted by elab49 at 13:42, 17 September 2013 | Report This Post


RE: SHE WAS MURDERED

L: MonsterCat L: Deviation I'm really starting to think that we were all on drugs when we saw Downfall and called it something of a great film. t is, though. Makes me wonder what happened to Hirschbiegel. ive Minutes of Heaven is better than Downfall, so he's still capable of great films. If Diana's as bad as the reviews claim then it's going to be the material. Or a conspiracy between the Queen and the reverse vampires. ... More

Posted by rawlinson at 13:33, 17 September 2013 | Report This Post


RE: SHE WAS MURDERED

Could we leave this thread for the review of the film, please? Crackpot conspiracy theories can go in, god 'elp them, News and Hot Topics. Or sent to the Express news desk. Ta ... More

Posted by elab49 at 12:20, 17 September 2013 | Report This Post


RE: SHE WAS MURDERED

L: Deviation I'm really starting to think that we were all on drugs when we saw Downfall and called it something of a great film. t is, though. Makes me wonder what happened to Hirschbiegel. ... More

Posted by MonsterCat at 11:18, 17 September 2013 | Report This Post


RE: SHE WAS MURDERED

I'm really starting to think that we were all on drugs when we saw Downfall and called it something of a great film. ... More

Posted by Deviation at 08:28, 17 September 2013 | Report This Post


RE: SHE WAS MURDERED

Personally I think the aliens from Area 51 rubbed her out. Hey, if I sell that idea to Daily Express do you think they'll give me money? ... More

Posted by MonsterCat at 22:52, 16 September 2013 | Report This Post


RE: SHE WAS MURDERED

L: jonson L: bill the butcher they say the car driver was 'as drunk as a pig' look at the hotel CCTV he walks out as straight and sober as a judge and now that i mention cctv why were the cameras in the tunnel turned off that night ? if there was no foul play, and she died in just another car crash why was the evidence deleted ? sm=happy07.gif] ....and they pull off the ghouls mask to reveal Prince Phillip! e'd have gotten away with... More

Posted by Super Hans at 20:58, 16 September 2013 | Report This Post


Can it be as poorly written as the review?

I was shocked when seeing the star rating, but as Errigo's reviews aren't worth the paper they're written on, I'll wait and judge for myself. ... More

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Posted by Hawros at 10:07, 16 September 2013 | Report This Post


RE: SHE WAS MURDERED

L: bill the butcher they say the car driver was 'as drunk as a pig' look at the hotel CCTV he walks out as straight and sober as a judge and now that i mention cctv why were the cameras in the tunnel turned off that night ? if there was no foul play, and she died in just another car crash why was the evidence deleted ? m I on The Daily Mail forum? ... More

Posted by waltham1979 at 09:31, 16 September 2013 | Report This Post


RE: SHE WAS MURDERED

L: bill the butcher they say the car driver was 'as drunk as a pig' look at the hotel CCTV he walks out as straight and sober as a judge and now that i mention cctv why were the cameras in the tunnel turned off that night ? if there was no foul play, and she died in just another car crash why was the evidence deleted ? sm=happy07.gif] ....and they pull off the ghouls mask to reveal Prince Phillip! ... More

Posted by jonson at 08:03, 16 September 2013 | Report This Post


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L: bill the butcher yeah attack the film god forbid anyone ask what really caused her death ? sn't this a review of a film? Surely attacking the film for being bad is the entire purpose of this if you feel it is bad otherwise it is off to the conspiracy websites? ... More

Posted by sanchia at 07:14, 16 September 2013 | Report This Post


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As a recovering alcoholic, I can assure you it is quite possible to drink heavily and appear not to be drunk, if your system is suitably used to drinking heavily. ... More

Posted by JCR at 05:21, 16 September 2013 | Report This Post


RE: SHE WAS MURDERED

they say the car driver was 'as drunk as a pig' look at the hotel CCTV he walks out as straight and sober as a judge and now that i mention cctv why were the cameras in the tunnel turned off that night ? if there was no foul play, and she died in just another car crash why was the evidence deleted ? ... More

Posted by bill the butcher at 05:01, 16 September 2013 | Report This Post


RE: SHE WAS MURDERED

L: bill the butcher yeah attack the film god forbid anyone ask what really caused her death ? o you work for The Daily Express? ... More

Posted by MonsterCat at 00:45, 16 September 2013 | Report This Post


RE: SHE WAS MURDERED

L: bill the butcher yeah attack the film god forbid anyone ask what really caused her death ? o on..... ... More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 00:31, 16 September 2013 | Report This Post


SHE WAS MURDERED

yeah attack the film god forbid anyone ask what really caused her death ? ... More

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