Diana US Trailer Is an Equal Opportunity Offender

Posted: September 26, 2013 in Movies


What is a Princess to do?

Oliver Hirschbiegel’s biopic about the late Princess Diana (Naomi Watts) and her secret romance with British Pakistani Heart and Lung Surgeon Hasnat Khan (Naveen Andrews) has met its downfall in scathing reviews from the British press.   The Observer called it “… a film which has neither backbone nor teeth .”  The Daily Telegraph decried it as  “A special class of awful – too frivolous for offence, too epically miscalculated to add to our understanding.”  Empire thumbs down it as  “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.”

Naomi Watts has gone from giving an Oscar worthy performance to maybe receiving a Golden Raspberry for Worst Female Performance.   Diana has a current 3% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The movie based on the  international best-selling book Diana: Her Last Love written by Kate Snell, about the supposed love affair between Kahn and The Princess, can’t even get the approval of the supposedly nicknamed (by Diana herself) Mr. Wonderful.  In an interview with the Daily Mail Khan had these remarks.    “It is based on gossip and Diana’s friends talking about a relationship that they didn’t know much about, and some of my relatives who didn’t know much about it either… ” “You could tell from that picture that it is all just presumed about how we would behave with each other, and they have got it wrong.  There wasn’t any hierarchy in our relationship.  She wasn’t a princess and I wasn’t a doctor.”

The poster above is filled with the serene isolation away from a  public life that Diana always seeked but never achieved.

The US trailer comes off looking like a calculated Oscar grab.

The trailer shows Diana as beautiful (true), impulsive (maybe), volatile (maybe in private, but never in public) and tragically flawed (hey, this is a movie and that is almost de rigueur).

“It’s not possible for you and I to go anywhere without a billion people swarming all over us,” Khan warns in the trailer,

“I’m a princess and I get what I want,” Diana notes mischievously, incognito in a brunette wig.

The rest of the trailer similarly offers a balanced mix of PG-13 soupy romantic kissing and over wrought melodramatics.  It ‘s  an equal opportunity offender– too stilted to be taken for high tone and too kitschy to be low art.     
“Diana” opens in theaters November 1.







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