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She was the queen of hearts, the most photographed woman in the world, whose life in the years before her tragic death was repeatedly exploited in the tabloid press down to the last detail. To this day Princess Diana is a myth, a tragic, unapproachable fairy tale character, from whom a tremendous fascination emanates. Oliver Hirschbiegel, director of the award-winning "The Downfall", now tries to approach this myth together with screenwriter Stephen Jeffreys. They were especially concerned about Diana, who already lives separated from Prince Charles and desperately tries to rearrange her life.
But she just doesn't seem to want to succeed. She lives alone in Kensington Palace, rarely sees her sons and is besieged at every turn by the press. A dark veil lies over her everyday life, which begins to lift when one day she meets the heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Khan (Naveen Andrews). Diana quickly realizes that with this man she could find the private happiness that has been denied her in recent years. And even more: at his side she finds the self-confidence and the strength to use her popularity for projects that are close to her heart. While she increasingly steps out of the shadows into the public eye, she must continue to keep her relationship with Hasnat secret. But from day to day this will be a more difficult test for her new love…
"Diana" has been created with the best intentions and very good artistic prerequisites. Inspired by a brief encounter that screenwriter Stephen Jeffreys once had with the charismatic Diana, and with the help of numerous conversations with people who knew her or were intensely involved with her life, a realistic and dignified look should be taken at events that took place behind closed doors and about which there are only speculations. Oliver Hirschbiegel's commitment was intended to ensure that a director would film the material, which on the one hand would have the craftsmanship, but also a certain impartiality towards the main character. And with the Oscar-nominated Naomi Watts a leading actress was found, who obviously tried to do justice to the myth Diana as well as possible.
Despite all these good prerequisites "Diana" unfortunately hasn't become more than a normal love snout on Rosamunde Pilcher level. That's nice to look at in some scenes, but in other moments the whole thing seems rather embarrassing. When Diana and Hasnat, for example, see each other for the first time and use soft focus in addition to the not exactly subtle music, it's just unintentionally funny and anything but romantic. Unfortunately, there are too many moments like this, that cover all aspects of the movie, no matter how well done, more and more. In addition, the story is unnecessarily prolonged in the last third and every form of rousing narrative flow has to give way to dignified boredom.
Surely, the film has its moments. Director and actor are simply too talented to drive such a project completely against the wall. Also it is to be highly credited to the makers that they do not exploit the deadly accident sensation-seeking and really try to concentrate on the woman behind all the headlines and scandals. Nevertheless, the script simply lacks cleverness and depth, the staging lacks bite and the actors lack verve in order to make "Diana" a stirring and above all touching drama. After all: If you just want to see a simple knitted love monzette, you'll be served quite well here. Nevertheless, the bottom line is that it is only enough for one: very conditionally worth seeing!
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