Diana, the movie, a princess, not a fairytale
Diana, the movie, just released in Thailand, is romancing the last two years of late Princess Diana’s life. Her separation with Prince Charles, her children kept at distance by Buckingham Palace, her loneliness, her power on media and her troublesome quest for love with a Pakistani heart surgeon, Hasnat Khan.
It’s a powerful scene that opens this bittersweet story: Lady Di prepares herself to go out, to go on her last journey that will bring her to rest under the Alma Bridge on 31 August in 1997, at the age of 36. But before the tragedy strikes, the director Oliver Hirschbiegel let us follow the beautiful Princess (played by Naomi Watts) on her path to move on from her failed marriage to her trial to a more “simple” life. The once innocent Princess of Wales flourished into an educated, lonely and broken hearted attention seeker. Her destiny though was about to take a turn in the most unusual ways (as it already did once).
By visiting her healer’s husband at the hospital, she has met Dr Hasnat Khan, a striking and ambitious Pakistani man (played by Naveen Andrews). It was an instant crush for the charismatic Lady. But how a discreet doctor, coming from a traditional family, can be happy with the paparazzi, the gossips and the pressure?
Diana is probably based on a more fictional than factual romance but it is a beautiful homage to the woman who was once the most famous in the world and still 15 years after her death in the heart of millions. Outside from the consuming relationship filled with passion, revenge and happiness, we also follow Diana’s fights for a better world, stopping the course of the royal protocols to make an old blind man touch her face, to go to Angola or Bosnia on humanitarian missions or to raise money for Aids.
The actors are great and sincere. I laughed and teared up a few times, what more to ask to a romantic and heartfelt biopic?