Diana's made for TV

Lainey Posted by Lainey at August 8, 2013 16:30:44 August 8, 2013 16:30:44

Most people shat on the teaser for the Naomi Watts Diana movie when it released a few weeks ago. I actually liked it for the imagery, those indelible visuals that evoke the specifics of her life. Click here for a refresher.

The first full trailer is now available. I only had a chance to look at it this morning. It's...really, really, really bad. It's made for TV bad. Like, Katherine Heigl could be in it, that's how bad. So...WHY did Naomi Watts say yes?

As my boss Morley reminded me, you'll recall, it was originally supposed to be Jessica Chastain and she stepped back, for scheduling...or something else? From this preview, this isn't the kind of quality we've come to expect from Chastain, who has been managed brilliantly. This also isn't the kind of quality that we've been accustomed to from Naomi Watts. I worry about the voice. I'm not sure that's the representation of Diana's voice we've been waiting for. I worry too about the portrayal. Is this the charming, irresistible, complicated, kind, self-sabotaging, sometimes self-destructive, and certainly often selfish People's Princess, or is this a character in a chick-lit book come to life?


Well maybe that's what they're doing. Maybe that's the audience. That's the movie the MiniVan Majority wants to see.

If that's the movie we're getting, you can probably take Naomi out of the award season race. Between Meryl Streep (August: Osage County), Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Nicole Kidman (Grace of Monaco), Julia Roberts (August: Osage County), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Marion Cotillard (Lowlife), Kate Winslet (Labour Day), and several more, Naomi might not cut it.


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