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    The critics hate it.


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    Naomi Watts' 'Diana' attacked by British critics
    Sept. 6, 2013, 12:36 PM EST
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    Naomi Watts' new royal biopic "Diana" has come under fire from movie critics in Britain, who have labeled the film "horrendous," "cheerless" and "cheap."
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    In the new picture, which premiered in the U.K. on Thursday night, the British-born actress portrays Princess Diana in the last years of her life before her death in a car crash in Paris in 1997. The film received a slew of scathing reviews from Britain's critics in the aftermath of the premiere, with many questioning the movie's historical accuracy and even slamming the story as a "soap opera" reimagining of the princess' life.
    Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian gave "Diana" just one star out of a possible five and heavily criticized the film, writing, "Poor Princess Diana. 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 ... The movie isn't so much Mills & Boon as a horrendous Fifty Shades of Grey with the S&M sex taken out -- and replaced with paparazzi intrusion and misunderstood charity work ... The moment anyone, anyone at all, opens their mouth, we are in TV-movie-land, soap-land."
    The Daily Telegraph's David Gritten concurs, singling out the movie's references to the Paris car crash as a "redundant piece of lurid sensationalism," adding of the film, "What's the point of 'Diana'? It's hardly fascinating. It doesn't offer new facts about the princess's life. And it certainly doesn't explain her complexity or contradictions. That would take a different, better film altogether."
    David Edwards of the Daily Mirror adds, "'Diana' can only be described as a fabulously awful film. The queen of hearts has been recast as a sad-sack singleton that even Bridget Jones would cross the street to avoid ... The film's a cheap and cheerless effort ... Director Oliver Hirschbiegel ... should know better ... Despite a peroxide hair job, (Watts) looks, sounds and acts nothing like the princess of Wales. Wesley Snipes in a blond wig would be more convincing." Christopher Tookey of the Daily Mail also gave the film just one star out of five, branding it "tedious," "slow" and "terribly, terribly dull."
    The film has also been criticized by the princess' former lover Dr. Hasnat Khan, who is played by "Lost" star Naveen Andrews. He insists the story is based on "hypotheses and gossip" and is "completely wrong."

    Naomi Watts' 'Diana' attacked by British critics - MSN Movies News
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    well, c'mon...were they expecting a louis malle film?
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    "Wesley Snipes on a blonde wig would be more convincing " LOL. Naomi Watts knows its a dud; she stormed out of a radio interview when asked some questions she didn't like. Suck it up princess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    "Wesley Snipes on a blonde wig would be more convincing "
    That made me literally LOL. Harsh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CornFlakegrl View Post
    That made me literally LOL. Harsh!
    Me too!
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    It's funny, on average I would say that Naiomi Watts is much more beautiful than Diana, but seeing her try to portray Diana, she totally pales in comparison. She looks like a child playing dress up. Makes you think about how much more natural poise Diana had. This casting was doomed from the start. What a disaster. This will be her Mommy Dearest.

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    mommy dearest is awesome, what are you talking about?!
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    ^^ Mommy Dearest is the greatest, but it did sort of seal the deal on Faye Dunaway's defining role. She's always Bonnie Parker to me but she's also known for what became the high camp of Joan Crawford.

    I'm disappointed that Michelle Williams did Marilyn and Naomi did Diana. Two actresses that leave me bored to tears anyway, but they shouldn't have done these movies. I watched 20 minutes of My Week With Marilyn. She was lifeless
    and had no charm.

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    They are running trailers for this fairly hard on some channels. They leave me wanting to chip the remnants of a sugar overdose off the tv and and clean vomit from the rug. A made for tv movie probably would have come out better.
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    I am glad to have learned from the trailer that merely by speaking in whispery tones and layering our hair in whatever fashion, any of us can be passed off as Diana. The gap between commoners and royalty continues to shrink!
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