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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Diana

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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 Entertainment One
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)

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The story was interesting, and the cinematography was very well done.
Chelsea Girl
I like Naomi Watts as an actress but I'm sorry, she just doesn't carry off Princess Diana at all.
GEL
Not only did Naomi look nothing like Diana, but this movie was just a big BORE.
Andrew Downey

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84 of 93 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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6 of 6 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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37 of 50 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 9, 2014
Format: DVD
There are good biographical movies. There are bad biographical movies. And there are biographical movies that rape the fabric of space-time with their wretchedness.

Guess what kind "Diana" is.

In fact, this seething drippy movie is not even a biographical piece -- it's more of a filmed fanfiction, allegedly about the late princess' affair with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan (who hated this movie). Everything about "Diana" goes completely wrong, from Naomi Watts' breathy brainless performance to the driveling soap-opera script that seems more appropriate for the Lifetime Channel.

At the time of the film's beginning, Princess Diana (Watts) is pretty much at the end of her marriage to Prince Charles (Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Film) but is still loved and followed by everybody. Then she meets Khan (Naveen Andrews), whose devotion to saving lives immediately interests her -- and "I'm a princess; I always get what I want."

The two begin an affair, and Diana is dazzled by the normalcy of his life -- jazz, burgers, watching sports on TV, etc. And since Diana was a dazed ingenue with NO idea how to handle the press or her image, only Khan can coach her in how to use her celebrity for good. But the constant attention and paparazzi start to wear on their relationship, driving them apart -- and eventually, leading to tragedy.

Director Oliver Hirschbiegel is possibly the biggest Diana fanboy since EVER, and he presents the last years of her life like a bad romance novel. He bludgeons us with all sorts of sentimental glorifying garbage intermingled with a bad romantic plot. This is a Princess Di movie meant to appeal to people who already think she was a saint, and thus won't step on their toes.
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