Princess Diana was known as the People’s Princess and was much loved by the British public as well as those further afield.
The new film, Diana, starring Naomi Watts in the lead role, has drawn a lot of criticism and some horrible reviews from UK film critics. The Mirror called it “cheap and cheerless”. The Times went even further and concluded the movie was: “atrocious and intrusive.”
The new film, which attempts to explore the last two years of Princess Diana’s life, is based on a plot which is mainly fictionalized. It recounts Diana’s secret relationship with Dr. Hasnat Khan, played by Naveen Andrews, star of Lost.
Apparently the relationship finished shortly before Diana’s untimely and tragic death in 1997. Diana and her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, were both killed when their car crashed in Paris. It was reported at the time that the car was being chased by paparazzi,
Peter Bradshaw, who gave the film only one star, in his review in the Guardian, said: “I hesitate to use the term ‘car crash cinema.’ But the awful truth is that, 16 years after that terrible day in 1997, she has died another awful death.”
He continued with his scathing critique of the movie: “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.”
How well the new Princess Diana movie will fare when it hits U.S, box offices on November 1 remains to be seen. It may be that American viewers will prove less critical and at least enjoy the sterling performances by the main actors of the film, Watts and Andrews.