The much-touted biopic of Britain’s Princess of Wales, “Diana”, starring Australian actress Naomi Watts has been panned by critics following its premiere in London.
The movie, which depicts the final two years of Diana’s life, was directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel. Its trailers had suggested that it would not go down well with critics but the reviews are apparently worse than expected.
Most critics gave the film only one star.
The Times in Britain said that Watts was “doing her level best with a squirmingly embarrassing script” but that the film was ‘still atrocious and intrusive”.
Hirschbiegel also directed the film about the life of NaziGerman leader Adolf Hitler entitled “Downfall”.
The Guardian newspaper also had nothing positive to say. Its critic Peter Bradshaw wrote: “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 Daily Telegraph gave it two stars and said “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”.
Watts walked out of an interview about the film before its premiere. “Diana” is out in cinemas on September 20.