Flash Movie Review: Diana

There is a reason one does not find an accountant or welder coming to the rescue in a fairy tale. Not that I am being disparaging towards those occupations, but living in a country that does not have a monarchy, I want to be saved by someone greater than myself. As a small child didn’t most of us dream of being swept away into a world of kings, queens and wizards? I know I certainly did as I imagined myself walking down long marble floored hallways, guided by faces that peered down at me from large musty portraits, as I looked for my chambers. The whole idea of royalty has a magical quality for many of us today. There is a fascination to see or hear anything that has to do with a royal member of the family. For me part of the interest has to do with the person’s lineage, their royal bloodline. Since I can only trace my family back to a few generations, the idea that these royal individuals are related to people I have read about in history books blows my mind. One of the most famous in modern times was Diana, Princess of Wales. In this dramatic movie the story focused on the last two years of her life. Naomi Watts (The Impossible, Fair Game) portrayed Princess Diana during the time she began seeing Dr. Hasnat Khan, played by Naveen Andrews (The Brave One, Lost-TV). I do not know where to begin to tell you how wrong this biographical romance was on so many levels. First there was Naomi Watts, who I have always admired. She was not a good fit for the role; she did not come across as iconic and statuesque as Diana. Part of the issue was the horrible and ridiculous script she had to try and make work. The scenes were lifeless and boring  which I can only attribute to poor direction. And finally, let me talk about the specific scenes where Diana and Hasnat were by themselves. Who knows how they really acted when they were alone; but if you are making a movie about two people in love, there should be some chemistry between the two actors. There was none between Naomi and Naveen; it was the finishing touch in making a complete mess of a movie. Personally I think the film studio should have kept the fantasy and allure about Princess Diana going by not putting together this tawdry film.


1 2/3 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on November 8, 2013, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. oh dear…. and I wanted to see this movie… just because Diana made such a big impression and lifted the hearts of a whole world of people… IAM many of us just want to see how she spent her last couple of years… striving for her happiness… Maybe I’ll wait until I can rent it at home…. Thanks for your review… Barbara

  2. It’s nice to read you admire Naomi Watts, as I admire her too. I first saw her in Tank Girl and am happy that she’s doing very well. I think she’s one of those actresses who just works quietly, giving us one strong performance after another in many wonderful movies. Most of the attention she gets is for her work, not her personal life. it’s too bad about the choice she made to be in this Diana movie! Hopefully she’ll bounce back quickly. I think her compatriot Nicole Kidman has made quite a few awful choices but so far has survived, based on the excellent performances in other movies, so here’s wishing Naomi will continue to do as well.

    Thanks for an interesting review as always, Jordan! Cheers.

    • Thank you for your kind words and it is great to see we are in the same club for Naomi. If you really want to see Naomi in this bad film, wait for DVD. I am sure it will be there soon since I do not think the film went beyond 2 weeks at the movie theaters here. And do not get me started on the poor taste in the placement of the movie poster by the site of the tunnel where Princess Diana died.

  3. I was on the fence about this movie but thanks to your review I think I’ll definitely be giving this one a miss! Did you hear they were actually thoughtless enough to put a poster for it above the tunnel where she died??

  4. I had forgotten about this film. Sounds like that would have happened even if I had seen it. That’s a shame.

  5. I wanted to see this, might wait and give it a go when it’s out on dvd

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