Diana *

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Run Time: 113 mins Cert: 12A

Synopsis: Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, the biopic covers the final two years of Princess Diana’s life and her relationships with Hasnat Khan and Dodi Fayed.

 

The film begins with Diana’s (Naomi Watts) divorce from her husband Prince Charles in 1995. The film mainly focuses on Diana’s two-year relationship with cardiac surgeon Hasnat Khan and the issues that led to its failure before touching briefly on her final relationship with Dodi Fayed.

 

The script is poorly written and the dialogue is forced and sugary. Naomi Watts gives a good performance but is limited by the script. While her appearance and mannerisms are similar to those of Diana, her lines consist of weak attempts at humour, regular self pity and dramatic declarations of love that wouldn’t be out of place in a soap opera.

 

Naveen Andrews is also pleasant enough to watch but his character seems flat and underdeveloped while the supporting cast are bland and easily forgotten.

 

The film is very safe in its depiction of events. Charles is never seen and her relationship with her sons is ignored apart from a few lines about their lack of contact. Her relationships with Khan and Fayed are also portrayed in a simplistic, cut and dried way. The former feels like a badly written romance novel while the latter is portrayed as nothing more than a media stunt to make Khan jealous.

 

The ending is rather cheesy and feels more like a soap opera than a biopic. Overall, “Diana” is one of the worst movies of 2013.

 

Reviewed by Lesley Logan

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