Diana 2013 PG-13 CC

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DIANA takes audiences into the private realm of one of the world's most iconic and inescapably public women -- the Princess of Wales, Diana -- in the last two years of her meteoric life.

Starring:
Naomi Watts, Cas Anvar
Runtime:
1 hour, 53 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance
Director Oliver Hirschbiegel
Starring Naomi Watts, Cas Anvar
Supporting actors Charles Edwards, James Puddephatt, Douglas Hodge, Ilan Goodman, Geraldine James, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Rose O'Loughlin, Michael Hadley, Naveen Andrews, Juliet Stevenson, Max Wrottesley, Christopher Birch, Nathaniel Facey, Max Cane, Mary Stockley, Micah Balfour, Will Chitty, Jonathan Kerrigan
Studio Koch Entertainment Distribution
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

The story was interesting, and the cinematography was very well done.
Chelsea Girl
Not only did Naomi look nothing like Diana, but this movie was just a big BORE.
Andrew Downey
Her life was more complex and the woman portrayed is nothing remarkable.
A. Gomez

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85 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 12, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
"Diana" (2013 release from the UK; 113 min. ) brings the last 2 years in the life of Diana, Princess of Wales. As the movie opens, we see Diana (played by Naomi Watts) getting ready in the Ritz Hotel in Paris, on that infamous day of August 31, 1997. Then the movie jumps back 2 years earlier. Diana and Charles are living separate lives. We see Diana in sweatpants and unhappy (and alone) at her London residence). By chance Diana meets Hasnat Khan, a Pakistani heart surgeon (played by Naveen Andrews). It isn't before long that Diana and Khan are falling for each other, and must go to extraordinary measures to keep this a secret from the press and from the world. Khan tells Diana about his passion for football (a/k/a soccer) and jazz, and at one point Diana even dons a black wig and the two go to a jazz club in London, where Diana has the time of her life. To tell you more of the 'plot' would be pointless.

Several comments: this movie has been universally panned by the critics, and it obviously has not done well at the box office either (more on that later), so I must admit I had some doubts about seeing this, but given that Naomi Watts was playing Diana, I took a chance on this. As it turns out, I quite enjoyed this movie! I have no idea whether the events between Diana and Kahn as depicted in this movie are accurate or whether some of them even happened at all (did the two of them really snuck out of London in Diana's butler's car and took a trip to the cliffs of Dover?).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jan on February 26, 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Imagine if "Saving Mr. Banks" had been called "Walt." Imagine, then, the howling of its audience and reviewers that the film covered just his relationship with P.L. Travers, and that it didn't capture more of his life and complex personality. This "Walt" doesn't match what people had envisioned, given all that we know about Walt Disney and his impact on our time.

Such is the problem with "Diana." It should have been called "Diana and the Doctor" (terrible but I can't think of anything better right now) or something like "An Affair to Remember."

I've now seen Diana twice, and I think that the slew of bad reviews was unfair. I think it's a good little movie. And I think that Naomi's performance was brilliant. She was so brave to take it on, and she admirably walked a fine line between mimicry and relaxing into the role. I think everybody had their own Diana movie in their head, and this film couldn't live up to their expectations.

A key to it is "Brief Encounter," mentioned by Naveen Andrews in the interview with him on the DVD. He had that film in mind when he accepted role. Made in 1945, it was a simple film that's a tiny masterpiece. Two married people meet and fall in love. They meet once a week at the movies. Then they must part. I can't remember all the details; I'm going to see it again. Anyway, "Diana" was a tightly focused film about a romance and its very special challenges. I wouldn't want to see a more active scene of Di with her boys, because that would shift the focus of the film. I think it was a movie that was true to its intention. I think Hasnat could have been more handsome and charismatic, as the real Hasnat is described, but Naveen was pretty good in the part nevertheless.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David Baldwin on February 21, 2014
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Diana, Princess of Wales, was a prisoner of her glamorous image whether it was foisted on her by her handlers, created by the media, one she perpetuated herself, or a combination of all of the above. This a very speculative film one where it hypothesizes what would become of Diana if she were allowed to be the person she wanted to be, to follow her heart, and love and be loved in return. This isn't to suggest that she wasn't loved by her adoring public but she wasn't loved in that intimate way that we should all experience certainly not by Prince Charles. The focus of "Diana" is a romantic entanglement between herself and a Pakistani heart surgeon that is everything her marriage to Charles wasn't. This relationship is a tender one shared by two intelligent people madly in love with each other. I'm not sure this coupling existed or was elevated by the filmmakers to send a message. The sense I get is the makers of the film are engaging in wish fulfillment, their own and posthumously for Diana. I also like how they deglamorize Diana taking off her makeup and allowing her humanizing blemishes to be shown both literally and figuratively. They point the finger at our celebrity obsessed culture with neither the paparazzi nor the public that lap up their offerings spared from blame. I've read a lot of the negative reviews from other viewers and their criticism stems from it not being the film they wanted it to be. I sense they wanted something glitzier and more melodramatic. I give the makers props for constructing a film that dares to go against the assumptions of its intended audience. Naomi Watts is outstanding as Diana as is Naveen Andrews as the surgeon. This should be noted because the Golden Raspberry people nominated Watts as worst actress and nothing could be further from the truth.
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