The new Princess Diana biopic is getting horrible reviews in Britain.
British film critics are savaging "Diana," the new film starring Naomi Watts' as the late British princess, which premiered Thursday in London. The movie focuses on the last years of Diana's life before her 1997 death -- particularly her clandestine affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan (played by Lost's Naveen Andrews).
According to Us Weekly, the Mirror gave it only one star, saying "The Queen of Hearts has been recast as a sad-sack singleton that even Bridget Jones would cross the street to avoid ... (this is a) cheap and cheerless effort."
I hate it when movie critics beat around the bush. They should say what they really mean.
Reviews say the film follows Watts (who inexplicably stormed out of a BBC Radio 5 interview while promoting the film on Tuesday -- maybe she finally figured out how bad her movie is) as she meets secretly with Andrews' character. It's interspersed with scenes of Diana's more public life advocating against land mines and hinting about her marital distress with Prince Charles in interviews.
Critics particularly disliked the film's dialogue. "Now that I have been loved, I don't feel lonely anymore," Watts says in one scene.
"Even when these lines are delivered by the fragrant Naomi Watts, doing her level best with a squirmingly embarrassing script, this film is still atrocious and intrusive," says the Times newspaper.
Fragrant? The British can smell people through movie screens?
According to Us Weekly, Khan has chastised the film and has refused to see it and the royal family is expected to avoid all comment on the movie. Said The Guardian: "The awful truth is that, 16 years after that terrible day in 1997, Diana has died another awful death."