New Princess Diana Movie Starring Naomi Watts Isn't the Legacy We Want for Her (VIDEO)

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Naomi WattsBeautiful and talented Naomi Watts starring as Princess Diana? Naomi looks the spitting image of the much beloved princess. She has the same sweetness and sensitivity about her. What could go wrong? Well, apparently quite a bit. Reviews are out for the new movie Diana, and let's just say they don't sound fit for royalty -- or for anyone for that matter. Unless descriptors like "squirmingly embarrassing," "excruciating," and "not even enjoyably bad" do anything for you. Sheesh, it was Naomi Watts in this movie, not Lindsay Lohan, right? Let's check out what's so bad about it, shall we?

Naomi Watts plays Diana in the last two years of her life -- when she was divorced from Prince Charles and had begun dating and falling in love again. The movie follows her ill-fated romance with heart surgeon Dr Hasnat Khan, who wanted nothing to do with fame.

It also chronicles her last relationship, with wealthy playboy Dodi Fayed, whose family owned the famous London department store, Harrods. She was with Fayed when she died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

The British press' claws are out in full swipe with the movie. Here's some of the more cringe-worthy comments:

- Barbara Cartland meets Hollywood. It never succeeds in being moving, or even involving. It’s not even enjoyably bad.

- [Naomi Watts is] doing her level best with a squirmingly embarrassing script ... [but] this film is still atrocious 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.

- [Diana] has been recast as a sad-sack singleton that even Bridget Jones would cross the street to avoid.

Sooooo .... sounds kind of like they don't like it, or is it me?
I haven't seen the movie (and after those reviews, probably won't) but I'm sure this wasn't Naomi Watts' fault. That girl can act.
Perhaps the problem is Diana herself. She was a revered princess for sure, but she was also a troubled woman who, yes, might have seemed a "sad sack Bridget Jones" at times. Perhaps she is just too complex for film.
Hopefully, one of these days a film will come along that can truly capture her spirit. But there are many complex, astonishing, revered and wonderful people in the world who never get that. I'm not so sure we even need a film for her legacy -- her legacy is how people feel about her.
Will you see Diana?

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Vianca Lee

it looks good

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Melissa Rodriguez

Never judge a book by it's cover....

Audrey Goulbourn

She does not look like DIana at all.

nonmember avatar Leah

Why aren't the comments in quotes OR given sources? Very poor blogging/"journalism."

Paula Allison McCready

I think it looks like a great movie, I think I would see it, and give it a chance. I think she was a complex woman, who was seeking love, which she never received at home, so she looked elsewhere. I miss her, because she gave people hope when they thought there was none, and loved people, who were sick, and wasn't afraid to put her arm around someone and give them a hug. I think the preview looked great! :)

knitt... knittykitty99

Naomi Watts is too old to play Diana

Cheryl Marie Young Harry

She doesnt look like Diana at all. Leave her memory alone. Watts should be ashamed.

Ludmila Kerlinova



A-non... A-nony-mous

I thought she looked quite a bit like Diana. Moreso than most actresses that might have taken the part. That said, I won't be seeing the movie for the stated reason. Diana was a very complex woman and no Hollywood movie will ever do her justice and will always fail. She was simply too grand for sappy Hollywoodization. There are some icons that movies simply cannot do justice.

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