Naomi Watts Looks (If Not Sounds) Like a Princess in ‘Diana’
Naomi Watts, right, looks pretty close to the real thing here as Princess Diana (Photo: AP Images/Entertainment One)
All eyes are on Naomi with this film, and for good reason: She's playing one of the most celebrated and beloved public figures of the 20th century — indeed, "the world's most photographed woman." And such a role brings with it a performance that will be heavily scrutinized for accuracy and, inevitably, criticized for even the slightest adjustment from the real-life Diana.
The verdict, at least from what we can tell like a trailer? Naomi Watts delivers a respectful homage to "the People's Princess," and not a straight impersonation — which is probably a very good thing.
From 'Diana' (Photo: Screengrab/Entertainment One)
We first see Diana from above as she walks a red carpet in a stunning blue dress, a shot that immediately establishes our heroine as a larger-than-life and almost mythic figure. As we move in closer, she's switched costumes and now appears in a gold dress, surrounded by a mob of press and adoring public. This is a woman who was really never out of the public eye, try as she did to have something resembling a private life.
Where Watts really shines in the trailer is when she's showing off the work of the costume department — that got their hands on two dresses that Di actually wore. Diana attracted and inspired some of the top designers in the world, and "Diana" recreates at least part of her real-life wardrobe. (Versace even recreated a replica gown that Diana wore to a Victor Chang even in Sydney). Throughout the trailer, Watts is seen in a blue business suit, a white suit, a black dress and many other outfits that will probably seem at least somewhat familiar to those who followed Diana's fashion sense along with her political agendas.
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We see Naomi Watts wearing some subtle prosthetics for the role, particularly around her eyes — but unlike, say, the awful makeup jobs done on Jon Voight for his role as Howard Cosell in "Ali" (2001) or Anthony Hopkins for his role as Richard Nixon in "Nixon" (1995), it isn't distracting (or embarrassingly bad). Really, extensive makeup jobs are never really necessary when an actor is playing a historical figure — it should all come from the performance, and the makers of "Diana" did just enough to give Watts that little extra something without going over-the-top.