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article imagePrincess Diana movie gets hostile reception from critics

By Andrew John     Sep 6, 2013 in Entertainment
A film about Diana, Princess of Wales – the tragic UK princess killed in a Paris road tunnel in 1997 – has got a cool reception from critics.
The Queen of Hearts stars Naomi Watts as Diana in the last years of her life.
The movie premiered in London yesterday (Thursday) and also stars Naveen Andrews (Lost) as the heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, who had a two-year affair with the princess.
The film is described by the Mirror as a “cheap and cheerless effort that looks like a Channel 5 mid-week matinée” (Channel 5 is a UK TV channel owned by publisher Richard Desmond, who also owns the Daily Express and several celebrity-oriented magazines).
“The film company said they set out to make an ‘insightful and compassionate study of Diana’s later years’,” says the BBC. “But critics have called it ‘atrocious and intrusive’.”
In the Mirror review, David Edwards writes: “The Queen of Hearts has been recast as a sad-sack singleton that even Bridget Jones would cross the street to avoid.”
Writing in the Guardian, critic Peter Bradshaw says scathingly: “I hesitate to use the term ‘car crash drama’. But the awful truth is that, 16 years after that terrible day in 1997, she has died another awful death.”
It was on August 31, 1997, that Diana was fatally injured in a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris.
Her boyfriend at the time, Dodi Fayed – son of Mohammed Al-Fayed, owner of Harrods – also died in the crash, as did her driver, Henri Paul. Her funeral was watched by millions of people worldwide.
Born in 1961 as Lady Diana Spencer, Diana married Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and current heir to the British throne, in 1981, and divorced in 1996.
She was the mother of Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry of Wales.
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