Written by: Langston John Blaze
It was announced earlier this year that actress Naomi Watts would be starring in the biopic, Diana, which focuses on Princess Diana’s love affair with Hasnat Khan. British critics have dissected this upcoming film like a kid’s science fair project and no winning gold star, restraining no sensitivity, calling the film “embarrassing” and “intrusive”. “I hesitate to use the term ‘car crash cinema’. But the awful truth is that, 16 years after that terrible day in 1997, she has died another awful death,” said critic Peter Bradshaw with Guardian and Times. During the British premiere of the film, also starring Naveen Andrews, who plays Watts love interest, Watts defended the film saying,
“We try to honor the depiction of her character in the best possible way.”
However, while giving an interview with BBC radio, Watts fled, offended by a question. It has been 16 years since the Princess of Wales perished in a car crash in Paris, alongside Dodi al-Fayed. The controversial film has not received positive nor negative criticism by the royal family. In fact, they have not acknowledged it. There are scenes in Diana that portray the princess jogging in Kensington Gardens, a popular place where she would exercise.
The royal family had no rights to not give permission to the filmmakers, seeing as though it was out of their jurisdiction. Although the British seem anti-Diana, what will American critics say about the work? Biopics which focus on a certain time in a person’s life have become very popular in film, similar to My Week with Marilyn, starring Michelle Williams. In the case of this Princess Diana film, one must consider the royal family and all involved in her personal life.