Princess Diana of Wales is an enigmatic woman whose life and influence continue to intrigue us even today, many years after her tragic death at a young age. It is therefore a shame that the 2013 biographical drama film “Diana” is such a letdown. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, with the screenplay written by Stephen Jeffrey and based on Kate Snell’s 2001 book “Diana: Her Last Love”, the movie fails to capture what it is about Diana that continues to command the attention of various people all over the world, and manages to be, of all things, quite boring despite its subject matter. Even the considerable talent of actor Naomi Watts is not enough to salvage the film.
The biopic deals with the last two years of Diana’s life after her divorce with Prince Charles. It focuses primarily on her romance with the heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, detailing the events that led up to their meeting and their rather turbulent and difficult relationship. It also shows her relationship with Dodi Fayed, the son of Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed, and their tragic deaths in a car accident in Paris.
The filming and imagery in the movie are actually quite well done, with several scenes and settings being beautiful and eye-catching. The actors also try their best to fit in to their roles and this truly shows, especially with Naomi Watts who does her utmost to capture the spirit of Diana with her mannerisms and way of speaking. Sadly, that’s all that can be said positively about the movie.
While the imagery may be nice, the directing is awkward and clumsy even at its best, as many scenes feel unimportant and unnecessarily dragged out. It also seems to rush through or gloss over parts of Diana’s life that are interesting, such as her charity work or even her dramatic death at the hands of a drunk taxi driver. Instead, it focuses more on what little is known of her romance with Hasnat Khan, and is filled with theories and rumors rather than factual evidence, although the movie may try to convince you otherwise. And even the romance leaves much to be desired, as their dialogue is simple, and the movie too often decides to tell instead of show, which is a negative seeing as it is a visual medium. The script is forgettable, and you’ll find it hard to stay focused between the mediocre dialogue and the clumsy directing. Even the soundtrack is pretty forgettable. The actors’ great effort is buried under the terrible direction and less-than-mediocre script, leaving an awkward mess of a movie.
All in all, if you’re looking for a good movie to watch at the cinemas I would recommend staying away from Diana. The movie may try to lure you in with its interesting subject matter, but its terrible directing, boring script and odd choice of focus make it more of a chore to watch. Save yourself the trouble of having to sit through this sad excuse for a movie, it’s just not worth it. You’re better off choosing some of the other fun and exciting movies being released in cinemas right now. You won’t be missing out on anything important.
By: Sanarya Firya
From: Moss, Norway