We knew Britain adored Princess Diana, and she still comes up in any conversations about Princess Kate — namely, comparisons — but we didn’t know British film critics would freak out, shouting malarky, about how bad the new Diana biopic is, starring Naomi Watts.
Compared to the American equivalent, the Jobs biopic that was criticized as a long standing ovation to the technology mastermind behind Apple, Diana really got ripped apart; in fact, Watts was reported to have been back into such a corner during an interview in London that she got up from her seat and walked out.
The film, which has been slammed with one-star reviews in the country with the most important opinion, hits theaters in the U.S. on Sept. 20. Reviews state-side aren’t out, yet. Here are three highlights from reviews at three major London-based newspapers. Take a deep breath.
- “An excruciatingly well-intentioned, reverential and sentimental biopic about her troubled final years, laced with bizarre cardboard dialogue – a tabloid fantasy of how famous and important people speak in private … a horrendous Fifty Shades of Grey with the S&M sex taken out – and replaced with paparazzi intrusion and misunderstood charity work.”
- “Naomi Watts … looks utterly, completely and entirely nothing like the real thing … Much like the Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady, this is a film nobody would bother going to see if it weren’t for the famous characters.”
- “Hirschbiegel is a distinguished German director who made a very well received film about Adolf Hitler in his bunker (Downfall), but it’s hard to see how that qualifies him to tell the story of the “people’s princess” … The problem, though, is that (Watts) doesn’t really resemble the character she is playing, and the feature shifts wildly in tone.”