Do not watch this movie if you.....
* are looking for something historically factual about Diana's life ~ it is based loosely on events, but seems mainly fictional
* are hoping Naomi Watts looks a lot like Diana ~ she doesn't strongly resemble Diana, but she sounds like her at times
* want to see exact replicas of Diana's fabulous wardrobe ~ the clothes are similar, but not exact from what I could tell
* want to see sets that replicate Diana's rooms at Kensington Palace ~ the rooms in this movie aren't replicas - you can see actual images of Diana's rooms on pinterest, however
* are looking for something deep like the movie THE QUEEN ~ this doesn't have the same substance, but it did get you thinking about how lonely life was for Diana after the boys were in boarding school, Charles was with Camilla, and Diana can't go anywhere without being hounded by the ever-present press
I read the reviews which panned this film, so didn't expect much. I actually enjoyed the movie more than I expected. Sure, sometimes the dialogue sounded silly, but when you're in love, a lot of people sound silly, right? Prince William's phone was hacked and we learned he calls Kate 'babykins'. Wouldn't want anyone listening to my conversations. So, perhaps the dialogue was more like real life than we realize. You see how trapped Diana was by expectations, lack of privacy, the public's relentless interest in her every move, the royal family's jealousy of her, and lack of options to work or find meaning in a career like some do.
If you like Princess Diana, and would like to see a largely fictional imagining of a romance with the heart doctor and what that might have been like, you might enjoy this film more than some of the reviews suggest. The heart doctor was interviewed recently and said the movie didn't get their story accurately. The movie is light, and melodramatic, but it does provoke thought on how celebrity, and being royal, has equal lows accompanying the highs. 3.5 stars