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DIANA (2013)

From one of the biggest Royal hits ever to one of the, if not the, biggest Royal flop in cinematic history. Diana is directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, who previously was feted for his take on Adolf Hitler in German drama Downfall. The story is based on a 2001 book by Kate Snell focussing on Princess Diana’s relationship with Dr. Hasnat Khan during the 1990’s before her tragic death. Diana was almost instantly decried as a failure of catastrophic proportions. It’s a claim hard to refute; Stephen Jeffreys’ screenplay is quite awful and Naomi Watts’ performance as the Princess, though clipped and precise, feels hollow and equally awkward at times.

Though not a grand biography of Diana’s life, cinematically speaking it certainly doesn’t do such a complex, controversial yet beloved modern British Royal figure justice.

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