Diana

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1 h 52 min2013X-Ray7+
During the last two years of her life, Princess Diana embarks on a final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan.
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Oliver Hirschbiegel
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Naomi WattsNaveen AndrewsDouglas Hodge
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Cas Anvar
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4.3 out of 5 stars

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L.M. KeeferReviewed in the United States on February 12, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Royal Drama
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Do not watch this movie if you.....

* are looking for something historically factual about Diana's life ~ it is based loosely on events, but seems mainly fictional

* are hoping Naomi Watts looks a lot like Diana ~ she doesn't strongly resemble Diana, but she sounds like her at times

* want to see exact replicas of Diana's fabulous wardrobe ~ the clothes are similar, but not exact from what I could tell

* want to see sets that replicate Diana's rooms at Kensington Palace ~ the rooms in this movie aren't replicas - you can see actual images of Diana's rooms on pinterest, however

* are looking for something deep like the movie THE QUEEN ~ this doesn't have the same substance, but it did get you thinking about how lonely life was for Diana after the boys were in boarding school, Charles was with Camilla, and Diana can't go anywhere without being hounded by the ever-present press

I read the reviews which panned this film, so didn't expect much. I actually enjoyed the movie more than I expected. Sure, sometimes the dialogue sounded silly, but when you're in love, a lot of people sound silly, right? Prince William's phone was hacked and we learned he calls Kate 'babykins'. Wouldn't want anyone listening to my conversations. So, perhaps the dialogue was more like real life than we realize. You see how trapped Diana was by expectations, lack of privacy, the public's relentless interest in her every move, the royal family's jealousy of her, and lack of options to work or find meaning in a career like some do.

If you like Princess Diana, and would like to see a largely fictional imagining of a romance with the heart doctor and what that might have been like, you might enjoy this film more than some of the reviews suggest. The heart doctor was interviewed recently and said the movie didn't get their story accurately. The movie is light, and melodramatic, but it does provoke thought on how celebrity, and being royal, has equal lows accompanying the highs. 3.5 stars
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R. HamiltonReviewed in the United States on October 28, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Tragic Love Story
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Despite the negative reviews this film has garnered, I still took a chance and purchased this DVD...and I'm very glad I did. As a longtime admirer of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, I was impressed by the great care given to her portrayal by actress Naomi Watts and the production crew. Clearly those involved with this film went to great lengths to ensure the last two years of Princess Diana's life, specifically her romance with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, were conveyed to show a post-HRH Diana as a world-famous yet ordinary woman who was vulnerable and longing to be loved. Inevitably, this attempt to balance both her public and private lives turned out to be impossible.

It appears Ms. Watts worked very hard on her body to match the gym-trim figure of the late Princess. It is also apparent that she studied Diana's stance, gestures, movements and voice to prepare for this role (no small task). The costumers, hairdressers and makeup artists deserve praise as well for their attempts to make Naomi Watts resemble Princess Diana as much as possible. The set designers, lighting crew, etc., are also to be commended for their efforts. As a result, I felt as though I were actually inside the Imperial Suite at the Paris Ritz during the film's opening and closing scenes as well as inside the majestic Kensington Palace.

Princess Diana met Dr. Hasnat Khan at a London hospital in 1995 during the former's visit to a friend. A relationship soon blossomed, and both went to extreme measures to keep their romance out of the spotlight, to include Diana donning a brown wig in public and Hasnat being hidden inside a car as it entered Kensington Palace. But the secret could not stay hidden forever, especially with the paparazzi hounding Diana's every move. The media pressure became too much for Hasnat, as depicted in this film, and the pair subsequently parted.

Naveen Andrews, who portrays Hasnat, delivered a charming performance as a down-to-earth doctor who, up until his romance with Diana was exposed, led a very private life, but simply could not handle being under the media microscope. The love and chemistry between the two characters were well-conveyed on screen, I felt, and both Naomi Watts and Naveen Andrews should be applauded for this. And when Mr. Andrews, as Hasnat, approached Kensington Palace to leave a bouquet of flowers after Diana's death, my heart sank just as his did.

The reality of the romance between Princess Diana and Dr. Khan is only known to them. Whether the events that transpired in this movie are truly for real is questionable; nevertheless, this doubt should not deter one from viewing this remarkable film. Memories of Diana, Princess of Wales, at one time the most famous woman in the world, are bound to resurface...to include, sadly, the worldwide heartbreak when she tragically passed away on 31 August 1997.
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JanReviewed in the United States on February 26, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
By Another Name...
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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.

I feel really bad for Naomi and the director, who previously directed "Downfall." That movie is very contained--the characters are in a bunker, after all, until the end, and the director brought this bracketing to "Diana." He had less than two hours to tell the story, and so he stayed with the romance and managed to also hit the notes of Diana walking in the minefield, auctioning her clothes, making secret calls to the press about her whereabouts, and several other biographical bits from that time that tied into her relationship with Hasnat.

What a shame that the film bombed. It needed better packaging. I'm glad it was made.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on April 7, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great acting n story line
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Except she is 53 playing a young Diana is the only sorry part. Also Diana 5 '10" , Naomi 5'5". Some parts she looks perfect other parts not so much.
D. L. NorwoodReviewed in the United States on December 10, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Diana
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I thought that this movie was tastefully done covering the last 3 years of Diana's tragic life. I loved the cast. I was unfamiliar or had just forgotten about Diana's romance with the cardiologist. I think that Diana's behavior was self destructive & that she did not think about the consequences as her plans never worked out the way that she thought they would. She hurt a lot of people with her tell all interview & won the disapproval of her friends. She lied to the press about her relationship with the cardiologist & hurt his credibility. She used Dodi in a twisted attempt to win the cardiologist back as she orchestrated photo shoots on Dodi's yacht. Diana just wanted to be loved & adored by someone special as she was rejected by both her family & the royal family. Diana was a very flawed woman who acted foolishly, but I adored her.
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David E. BaldwinReviewed in the United States on February 21, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
The Princess Wore Sweats
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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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DebraReviewed in the United States on July 30, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Highly recommend watching this movie
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Wonderful movie about the love of Princess Diana's life.
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ArtHouseReviewed in the United States on March 16, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Mis-advertised but good
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This is actually quite a good movie. It was not marketed properly. It is really not a bio pic. It does not show anything much of royal family interactions, even with her boys and Charles, which would be necessary in that type movie. If someone expects that, or expects the movie to show that over-the-top glitz and glamour of royal European life, they will be disappointed.

It should have been titled "The Garden" and marketed as more of a quiet, tragic love story. Actually most of the details are true, except for those they obviously had to invent. Acting, writing, and directing are quite good. The purpose here seems to be to show how life must have been for Diana in her last two years: what looks exciting in the gossip pages plays out in real life as quiet, lonely and isolating. I think the movie is successful at capturing and conveying this feeling. It is also successful in showing the characters as real people with contradictions in feeling and behavior. This movie is similar in tone to "The Iron Lady" which was also not very successful. However, in that movie, Margaret Thatcher shown as a real, fallible person, is just not that interesting or likable. Here, Diana is very likable, even with her flaws.

I really liked it, taking it for what it is. And it is masterful at portraying the feeling I believe all of us had at her death, of profound loss and a sense of incompleteness and waste of life and magic. If this film has a flaw, it is that Naomi Watts, who does a really good job here, still can't capture the unique magic that was Diana. She just doesn't come across with the captivating sense that Diana had. However, I don't know that anyone could do that. She was so unique.
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