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Diana

It was not my choice to watch this film. One of my friends really wanted to go and see it so I thought I’d be nice and go with her (the things I do in the name of friendship). However I don’t regret going to see it, if only because its one of the funniest things I’ve seen in ages. Not that I think that was ever the filmmakers intention.

Diana is about the last two years in the life of Diana (Naomi Watts), Princess of Wales, former wife of Prince Charles and mother of Prince William and Harry. In particular her doomed relationship with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan (Naveen Andrews).

It feels as though someone has adapted a Mills and Boons novel and just penciled in Diana and Hasnat’s names into the script. Truly the script is terrible. I don’t know how much of the film is meant to be accurate but the conversations and situations sounds false and clichéd. Diana and Hasnat are portrayed as this big love affair pulled apart by her position with the royal family and his obligations to his job and culture. However Diana just comes across as a dumb bimbo in some scenes and then a master manipulator when she tries to get Hasnat’s attentions. It’s a shame her achievements in life are glossed over, it comes across that her charity works were all to impress Hasnat and keep his attention.  Its obvious those involved thought they’d be on to an Oscar winner with this film but instead whats been created has to be one of the worse films of 2013.

Even with a bad script you’d think actors as talented as Naomi Watts and Naveen Andrews would be able to rise above it. Unfortunately that’s not the case. For one thing the actors seem to be having two different acting styles. Andrews tries to play the role of Hasnat straight but you can see in his eyes he wishes to be anywhere else than in this movie. Watt’s struggles with Diana’s distinct mannerisms and coupled with a dreadful script Diana almost seems like a parody rather than a straight-forward drama. Watts is better than this so I’m sure she can recover from this embarrassment, however she should be prepared to receive a Razzie rather than an Oscar during the 2014 award season.

If there’s anything positive to get from this film is that its unintentionally hilarious. Not a scene goes by without a bad line of dialogue or a terribly acted moment. It’s a film that’s hard to take seriously, which considering the woman who the film is about is rather a shame.

Rating 1.5/5-avoid this and watch one of Naomi Watt’s other movies instead

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The Impossible (2012)

I was not sure I would ever see this movie. My gut reaction when I initially saw the trailer for this was “it’s too soon!”. I wasn’t sure if Hollywood could take this real life situation of the 2004 tsunami and not turn it into a crass disaster movie. However even I had to admit that the special effects of the tsunami were  impressive and the reviews I read were mostly positive so I decided to give it a go, and I’m glad I did.

The Bennet family are spending Christmas in Thailand when the tsunami hits their beach hotel and they are separated from each other. They must try to survive the tsunami and find each other amid the devastation left in its wake. The film is based on the true story of the Belon family.

I was crying practically during the whole film. I think this was mostly to do with the fact it’s  based on true events and ones that only happened nine years ago. The scenes that probably made me cry the most were the small moments in the film. A little boy stroking Maria Bennet’s (Naomi Watts) hair, a group of local Thai women giving Maria a top after her clothes are torn, a man  allowing Henry (Ewan McGregor) to use his phone even though he’s saving the power to find his own missing family.

Director J.A Bayona has done a fantastic job with this film, more sensitively handled than I expected  The scenes of the tsunami are breathtakingly horrific and the injuries sustained by the characters are not glossed over. Maria hasn’t been given a Hollywood gloss-she looks appropriately terrible with her cuts and injuries shown in gruesome detail. However the film doesn’t come across as sensationalism or exploiting what has happened. It was also good that the film made a point of showing the local Thai people who went in to help families and individuals after the tsunami hit.

It still bothers me that the family, who are Spanish, have been changed to a British one. But at least the film has gathered actors who handle the roles sensitively and the acting is top class, as you would expect from Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts (fully deserving her best actress nomination). Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin and Oaklee Pendergast are exceptionally good as the Bennet’s three young sons. Special praise has to go to Tom Holland who plays their eldest son Lucas, and was breaking my heart throughout the entire film. I have a feeling he’ll be someone to look out for in the future.

Rating 4/5- A harrowing but breathtaking film filled with wonderful performances.

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