Naomi Watts might as well hand in her British citizenship right now. She is likely the most loathed woman in England after what some critics are calling a disgrace to the legend of one of the most beloved women in the country’s history.
Watts’ long-awaited movie detailing the life of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, was deemed “cheap”, “atrocious” and “awful” by the British press, and that was just after viewing the trailer!
David Edwards of the U.K.’s Daily Mirror stated, “‘Diana’ can only be described as a fabulously awful film. The queen of hearts has been recast as a sad-sack singleton that even Bridget Jones would cross the street to avoid!”
“Diana has ‘died another awful death’,” said reviewer Peter Bradshaw for The Guardian. “By excluding (Prince) Charles (still an important figure in her life) and any real depiction of her relationship with her sons — perhaps through some unspoken deference to these important and very-much-alive royals — the film creates a distorted, sugary and preposterous impression. She is the Heiress Of Sorrows.”
Ouch! More please!
The film had its premiere in London on Thursday and is ready to open in theaters in the U.K. on Sept. 20, just several weeks after the 16th anniversary of the Paris car crash in which Diana was killed. It will open in the United States on November 1st.
“Diana” tells the story of the Princess’ doomed two-year secret love affair with a Pakistani heart surgeon named Hasnat Khan (played by Lost‘s Naveen Andrews).
Watts reportedly left midway through a British interview to discuss the film. She has also been tight-lipped during any press surrounding the film’s release. The one thing she did reveal, after turning down the part of the beleaguered princess twice before taking it on, was that she hoped the film would not upset Diana’s sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.
We don’t think she’ll be getting invited to any royal gatherings any time soon.