Diana, the movie biopic starring Naomi Watts in the title role, is an earnest film about a Princess in flux. As her position as a Princess without a crown became more apparent, Diana sought to redefine herself and her role. Diana, the humanitarian, was still a woman looking for love in all the wrong places at the time of her death. However, despite unilaterally bad reviews, I enjoyed the film about a woman whose position as the most photographed woman in the world, was ultimately what led to her demise. The film which just opened in the UAE, where I am still working on a project, was an interesting film to see in a foreign land. I reviewed the film today (October 17) and would still recommend it to film lovers interested in biopics about fascinating celebrities. The film, which could have just as easily turned into a movie of the week on television, is fascinating because it tells of a love story that transcended race, religion and social status, as the newly separated Diana embarked on a relationship with a Pakistani heart surgeon. This is the story that many did not know, not of Diana's romance with Charles or later Dodi, but a relationship that blossomed just as her role in the monarchy was diminished. For more about Diana, the film visit http://www.reuters.com.
"Film critics have savaged a new movie of the late British Princess Diana’s relationship with a Pakistani doctor as an intrusive and embarrassingly cheap soap opera," added Reuters. "British-born Australian actress Naomi Watts plays the jilted princess trapped in a gilded cage. English actor Naveen Andrews is heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, who gives her the love she craves in Diana, which held its world premiere in London," added the news syndicate.
"The British tabloids — who followed every twist and turn from Diana’s 1981 marriage to Prince Charles, to their divorce and her death in a 1997 Paris car crash — were scathing about the film from German director Oliver Hirschbiegel," added Reuters.“The Queen of Hearts has been recast as a sad-sack singleton that even Bridget Jones would cross the street to avoid,” wrote the Mirror’s David Edwards in a one-star review dubbing the film a “cheap and cheerless effort.”
The movie is based on Diana: Her Last Love, a book by author Kate Snell published in 2000, "which argues that the estranged wife of the heir to the British throne had a clandestine affair with Khan in the last two years of her life," added Reuters."Diana focuses on the vignettes of their assignations in hospitals, cars, his flat and Kensington Palace, interspersed with the public Diana campaigning against landmines and giving her infamous 1995 interview about her relationship with Charles in which she said there were “three of us in this marriage."
"The Diana character tells Khan on their first “date” that she loves television soap operas and some of the movie scenes, including their final break-up in a London park in the middle of night could be straight out of one," added Reuters."The dialogue, which includes Persian poetry and lines such as ‘Now that I have been loved, I don’t feel lonely anymore,’ has been met with a spate of one-star reviews."
"Now that I've found love I don't feel lonely anymore" - Naomi Watts as Diana
“Even when these lines are delivered by the fragrant Naomi Watts, doing her level best with a squirmingly embarrassing script, this film is still atrocious and intrusive,” wrote Kate Muir in the Times newspaper," added Reuters.
"The real-life Hasnat Khan vowed in August he would never watch the film, saying it is all based on hypotheses and gossip," added Reuters. Watts told Reuters from a thinly attended red carpet that she was concerned about what Diana’s sons, Princes William and Harry, might think of the film if they were to see it.
“If they do, I hope they feel that we have been respectful and upheld her memories in the best possible way,” she told Reuters Television. Majesty magazine managing editor Joe Little told Reuters the royal family would continue to maintain a dignified silence that has surrounded Diana since a 2007 tribute concert.
“You could regard it as another hijacking of her memory,” he said to Reuters. “All they can do is shrug their shoulders and not comment.”
Hirschbiegel, who made the Oscar nominated Downfall about the last days of Hitler, compared Diana to 1953’s romantic comedy Roman Holiday and 1965 epic drama Dr. Zhivago. “Brief Encounter I think is very close ... there is a love there that can’t be lived and yet they love each other so much,” he told Reuters.
But the Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw’s review was a lot less lofty. “The awful truth is that, 16 years after that terrible day in 1997, Diana has died another awful death," added Reuters.
My review is not quite as scathing, because of my interest in anything Diana, and a fairly good acting job by Naomi Watts in the title role. As they say, all's fair in love and war. However, perhaps this is one love affair that the history books would prefer not to remember. Staten Island arts and entertainment fans, I give this biopic on Diana three out of five possible ruby and diamond engagement rings. Diana, the movie, is a guilty pleasure.