Diana 2013

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Biopic starring Naomi Watts as the eponymous public icon, Diana Princess of Wales. The film tells the story of Diana's final two years before her death in Paris in 1997. Shortly after her divorce from Prince Charles, Diana began dating the respected British Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan (Naveen Andrews), although this relationship was short-lived due to Khan's insistence on keeping his matters private. During this period of her life Diana undertook a variety of fund-raising and charity work which only strengthened her appeal and reputation in the public eye and her relationship with Dodi Fayed (Cas Anvar), son of Egyptian business magnate Mohamed Al-Fayed, also garnered much public attention. However, it is this relationship that would spell the end for Diana as both were killed in a car crash in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris - an event which has been a topic of debate ever since.

Starring:
Juliet Stevenson, Naveen Andrews
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Diana

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 53 minutes
Starring Juliet Stevenson, Naveen Andrews, Cas Anvar, Naomi Watts
Director Oliver Hirschbiegel
Genres Drama
Studio Entertainment One
Rental release 24 March 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 53 minutes
Starring Juliet Stevenson, Naveen Andrews, Cas Anvar, Naomi Watts
Director Oliver Hirschbiegel
Genres Drama
Studio Momentum Pictures
Rental release 24 March 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

Customer Reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew John Parker on 7 April 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Released in 2013 to terrible backlash (a staggeringly bad 4% rating on Rotten Tomatoes) but I decided to watch it myself. I can only say that this is not one of those films that make you say 'it's so bad, it's good', it's just shocking. Focusing on the two years prior to her death in Paris in 1997, this is a whistle stop look at basically the items that appeared in the press over that period - ie: if it was on the front cover of The Sun then it will feature somewhere in the film. The filmmakers have then decided to come up with what the people involved would have been saying behind the scenes and when they ran out of ideas just jump on to the next month, or year! The script is the worst of all, and even actors you may regard as being sound, look like they're just trying to remember a line they've seen only a couple of minutes ago. An example of this is when Diana's assistant resigns after her BBC interview, how bad is that line 'you are my rock' that she delivers?. It's embarrassing. It's done with no conviction at all, to be quite honest, all involved should be thoroughly ashamed. You certainly won't recognise any of the 'real life' characters here either (Fayed, Paul Burrell, Christiaan Barnard). It's been said in other reviews here, do not waste your money, this is truly the film that you can say 'that's 2 hours of my life I'll never get back'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Olivier BRETON on 23 Aug 2014
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We were very very disappointed by this movie. We expected to watch the life and all the achievements of Lady Di but it was not. Instead the whole movie spends almost 2 hours only to show a relationship between a doctor and Lady Di as if it would resume all her life. It is such a shame: it does not reflect her life at all. She has done so much for children and for fighting against war for example that it would have been great to talk about it.
I really do like Naomi Watts as an actress but she does not perform well in this role. She is not credible at all in Lady Di position. Actually after 5 minutes, we forget that we are talking about a princess and it looks like more as a bad teenage movie.
Don't waste your time and money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matt Wright on 8 April 2014
Format: Blu-ray
The first 45 minutes could be seen as some of the worst scenes of any biopic ever made.

Then it becomes a sub-par TV movie.

The film's cinematography may be good, but as a whole the film doesn't work. Everything is forced. The romance is wooden. And Watts' English accent is odd.

The film acts as if it's Stephen Frears' The Queen, building up suspense to the reveal of Naomi Watts as Diana, but she doesn't look like Diana. Yet it wouldn't make a difference as the way she is directed, mixed with the poor script results in a weirdly off performance for the central character.

There are nice moments, especially nearer the end, as the press becomes too much.

Apart from that this film feels to safe. I didn't feel like I found out anything new. It just needed some kind of edge. Maybe it did need to offend somebody.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lucy on 4 Sep 2014
Format: DVD
This film is meant to be based around Diana's relationship after her marriage ended with the prince. Being very young when she passed away, I was not able to remember alot of facts surrounding Diana's life.

To be honest, I thought that alot of the film was quite distasteful and really boring. It centered far too much on intimate scenes. It was never going to be easy making a film about one of the most loved princesses in the world. Other aspects of her life could have been made into a film which would have made it more interesting.

Also, in my own opinion, Naomi's acting was quite wooden in parts. However, this may be down to the poor script.

Worth watching if curious, but perhaps not something I would buy if I had known what it would be like.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Mason on 28 Sep 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This is a touching biopic about the last two years of Lady Diana's life. Naomi Watts takes the role of Diana, and although she is very good, she doesn't quite convey Di's shyness, she plays the role as a very confident lady.
The film's focus is very much on Di's love affair with a handsome heart surgeon, named Hasnat Khan, who's played by Naveen Andrews. The developing romance between the two is portrayed believably and deftly, Naomi and Naveen have a good on-screen chemistry.
The story inevitably includes Di's charitable work in Angola, where she endeavoured to bring more attention to the horrors caused by land mines. The BBC interview, where she spoke about three people being in her marriage, is included.
Lady Di, by all accounts, had a very close, loving relationship with her sons, William and Harry, but they are entirely peripheral in this film, appearing as characters on screen for about 30 seconds. Given their importance in her life, I think that this was a mistake in the film. Nobody appears as Prince Charles or any other royal family relation, which is a bit disappointing.
Hasnat can't reconcile his dedication to his work as a surgeon, with being involved with the most famous lady in the world, and this inevitably causes a rift in their relationship, which is sad to watch. Desperate to get over a broken heart, Di falls, seemingly half-heartedly, into the arms of Dodi Fayed, a yacht loving playboy.
Fayed only appears in the last 10 minutes of the film, and you learn very little about him save that he has a yacht. The film was slaughtered by critics, and I think unfairly so. Naomi Watts and Naveen Andrews are superb actors and they work well together, more than well enough to carry the film way out of reach of the category of turkey.
The film is beautifully shot, with locations including Angola, Pakistan and Sardinia. As a biopic, it is competently constructed, and it makes for perfect viewing on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
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