Diana movie poster

How very modern: the princess does not live happily ever after, but rather, recovers from her divorce by becoming a humanitarian and learning to love like the rest of us did in junior high school. He likes jazz? I will buy jazz CDs! He won't answer my calls? I'll call using a fake accent! Etc. Screenwriter Stephen Jeffreys does what he can with thin material - the dialogue really isn't terrible - and stars Naomi Watts and Naveen Andrews put their hearts into it. (Watts does stray into imitation here and there - that famous, conspiratorial dip of the head - but surely it's what the audience is after.) Still, it's hard to make romantic heroes out of a man who is frank about putting his career first and a woman who tries to make her lover jealous by schmoozing around on another man's yacht and getting the paparazzi to catch her doing it. Bumpily directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall, Five Minutes of Heaven). 2013.

Matthew Lickona

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