Before the critics had seen Diana starring Naomi Watts as Prince Hot Ginge’s mother and Sayid from Lost as Dr. Khan, some were predicting that she would get her third Oscar nomination. But now that the first reviews from the British press are out, it looks like the only nomination she’ll get is for a Razzzie. Don’t you just love it when a Razzie bites at Oscar bait.
The trailer for Diana makes it look like an ABC movie of the week from the late 90s that was shot in 10 days and should’ve starred Meredith Baxter-Birney as Princess Diana. It looks terrible and the reviews say that it is. Digital Spy and HuffPo put together the best of the worst reviews and the British critics went in and tore that mess apart. Here’s the ones that made me run over to Fandango to buy my ticket NOW!
Naveen Andrews, playing Khan, looks as if he’s just stumbled on to a movie set while Watts (last seen in the execrable Movie 43) displays little of Diana’s nervy fragility. Despite a peroxide hair-job, she looks, sounds and acts nothing like the Princess of Wales. Wesley Snipes in a blonde wig would be more convincing. – The Daily Mirror
Poor Princess Diana. 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. This is due to an excruciatingly well-intentioned, reverential and sentimental biopic about her troubled final years, laced with bizarre cardboard dialogue – a tabloid fantasy of how famous and important people speak in private. – The Guardian
There are a number of lines you never, ever want to hear Diana, Princess of Wales say, and they include: ‘I love feeling your hand there’, and ‘Yes, I’ve been a mad bitch’. Even when these lines are delivered by the fragrant Naomi Watts, doing her level best with a squirmingly embarrassing script, this film is still atrocious and intrusive. – The Times
Up until now, I never knew that what I really need in my life is to see Noxeema Jackson in a Princess Diana biopic. Thank you for that, The Daily Mirror.
Here’s future Razzie nominee Naomi Watts and her son arriving in Paris today.