Diana (12A)

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Romance

Diana

Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>1</span>/5

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Time Out says

Tue Sep 17 2013

Naomi Watts reckons that Diana gave her ‘permission’ from beyond the grave to make this film about the final years of her life. She might be better reading the script more closely next time, instead of the tea leaves. If a tabloid paper and the people behind the sofa adverts that litter TV on Bank Holidays got together, they might make something like this bum-clenchingly embarrassing ‘romance’ from ‘Downfall’ director Oliver Hirschbiegel. The focus is on Diana’s two-year fling with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan (Naveen Andrews). For a while you giggle at a script worthy of daytime telly. ‘I’ve been a mad bitch,’ Diana says after a bust-up. But your nerves soon start to fry.

Friends of Diana say Khan was the love of her life. But this is about as sexy as ‘Songs of Praise’. ‘He doesn’t treat me like a princesss,’ says Diana. No, he takes her to Chicken Cottage. In the end, the media storm that comes with being involved with The Most Famous Woman In The World gives Khan cold feet. They split.

So where’s Dodi? Well, he’s just some bloke with a yacht who Diana uses to make the doc jealous. Watts nails the two-cans-of-hairspray helmet hair and spidery mascara. But her captain-of-the-lacrosse-team, onwards-and-upwards performance is way off the mark, if the flirty, damaged, ruthless, vulnerable woman in Martin Bashir’s famous interview is anything to go by. A right royal mess.

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Rated:

12A

UK release:

Fri Sep 20, 2013

Duration:

113 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Oliver Hirschbiegel

Screenwriter:

Stephen Jeffreys

Cast:

Naveen Andrews, Douglas Hodge, Naomi Watts

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Andy

Disappointed by the trailer, but found the film thoroughly enjoyable.

Andy

Disappointed by the trailer, but found the film thoroughly enjoyable.

Andy

Disappointed by the trailer, but found the film thoroughly enjoyable.

Andy

Disappointed by the trailer, but found the film thoroughly enjoyable.

MikeT

Having read four reviews of Diana, I was expecting the worst. It's far from a great movie - the script's dire in places. I'm not sure I'd have cast Naomi Watts as Diana - she just didn't seem strong enough for the role. Two stars,

miha

I like this movie too. Naomi Watts is excellent in this role. Nice and romantic plot.

miha

I like this movie too. Naomi Watts is excellent in this role. Nice and romantic plot.

Carol

Each to their own, really enjoyed this film about Diana, was left a bit weepy at the end , because I was a big fan of Diana's, and it was sad when she died at the end. Although I didn't know her personally I can understand what she must have been going through. It was a good film and the actors did really well in their parts.... Loved it, and so did my mum.

Carol

Each to their own, really enjoyed this film about Diana, was left a bit weepy at the end , because I was a big fan of Diana's, and it was sad when she died at the end. Although I didn't know her personally I can understand what she must have been going through. It was a good film and the actors did really well in their parts.... Loved it, and so did my mum.