DIANA

"Doomed Love Affair"

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What You Need To Know:

DIANA is a romantic love story about the relationship between Princess Diana and a respected Pakistani heart surgeon starting in 1995, after Diana separated from Prince Charles. During a hospital visit, Diana becomes intrigued by Hasnat Khan, a heart surgeon from Pakistan. The two begin seeing one another romantically. Soon Hasnat is visiting Diana at her well-guarded complex at Kensington Palace while Diana disguises herself so she can meet Hasnat in London. Despite their growing lust for one another, the publicity surrounding Diana’s life continues to grate on Hasnat’s nerves. Things come to a head in 1997.

Viewed as a conventional movie romance, DIANA is an entertaining movie, with excellent performances by Naomi Watts and Naveen Andrews. Though it may seem shallow, the movie also manages to capture some of the real joys and pains that Princess Diana’s secret romance must have brought to the doomed couple. That said, the movie contains some strong but brief foul language, light references to the Muslim faith, and an extra-marital affair. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises for DIANA because it condones adultery rather than upholding marriage.

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(RoRo, C, B, Pa, FR, L, V, S, N, A, D, MM) Strong Romantic worldview about a famous love affair where the lead female character is called a Christian in one line (the ID is seen as positive, not negative, and she’s shown to be an admirable, caring person despite flaws) and some pagan elements of false religion such as three or so general references to Islam (including a reference to the Koran helping with building one’s character, and Muslim relative tells Princess Diana’s lover that a marriage would be a good thing for the Muslim world, even though his mother will never approve such a marriage) and an acupuncture specialist and confidante seems New Agey; five obscenities (including three “f” words) and three light profanities, plus an obscene gesture or two and the word “bloody” is used once; brief scene during open heart surgery, people drive recklessly fast, Princess Diana visits children with missing limbs during her anti-landmine campaign, and some landmines are exploded to clear a pathway; a couple scenes of implied fornication (during a marital separation and, hence, before and after a divorce), kissing, and couple briefly talks and kisses while lying together under bedsheets; upper male nudity; alcohol use; smoking; and, poem says, “Beyond right and wrong, there is a garden. I will meet you there,” angry arguments, paparazzi are rude and annoying, couple deceives woman’s guards, two people express their political preference for liberal politician Tony Blair of Britain’s left-wing Labour Party, and woman courts paparazzi photos of herself on a man’s yacht to try to make another man jealous.

More Detail:

DIANA is a romantic love story about the relationship between Princess Diana and a respected heart surgeon from Pakistan, Hasnat Khan, in the two years before her death on Aug. 31, 2013. It’s a very well acted, engrossing romantic drama, but it has issues of extra-marital sex, plus some strong foul language and a Romantic worldview.

The movie opens in 1995, after Princess Diana had separated from Prince Charles. During a visit to a hospital, Diana becomes intrigued by Hasnat Khan, a heart surgeon from Pakistan. Tentatively, the two begin seeing one another romantically. However, soon Hasnat is visiting Diana at her well-guarded complex at Kensington Palace while Diana is disguising herself so she can meet Hasnat in London. Despite their growing lust for one another, the publicity surrounding Diana’s life continues to grate on Hasnat’s nerve. Things come to a head in 1997.

Viewed as a conventional cinematic romance, DIANA is an entertaining movie, with excellent performances by Naomi Watts and Naveen Andrews. Though it may seem shallow, the movie also seems to capture some of the real joys and pains that Princess Diana’s secret romance must have brought to the doomed couple. It also avoids tabloid sensationalism.

That said, the movie contains some strong but brief foul language and some positive but general references to the doctor’s Muslim background. Finally, the movie’s presentation of his affair with Princess Diana is clearly, though tastefully, sexual. The affair starts during Diana’s separation with her famous husband, Prince Charles, but continues after their divorce in 1996.

Because of the Romantic worldview, Muslim references, and immoral behavior, MOVIEGUIDE® advises excessive for DIANA because it condones adultery rather than upholding marriage. Despite that, the movie’s deft handling of Princess Diana’s sudden tragic death is still profoundly moving.

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