September 27, 2013

biopic blues

Pointing out that at one point in Diana the moping title character puts on a tune and the introduction reveals that it is indeed All By Myself would be kicking a film when it’s down. Then again, at one point in Rush the main characters are surrounded by an adoring public and the soundtrack kicks into Fame by David Bowie. Cinema for the blind. I reviewed Diana for Critic’s Notebook, but the two films are really a pair, going through the motions of a process which used to work but now seems a misguided effort.

The scenes in which Diana dons disguises and wanders around London might be based on fact, but the wolf-whistles and leers she gets when she does are from a different film, perhaps one starring Jennifer Aniston. It doesn’t help that in disguise the character is a dead-ringer for gorgeous actor Naomi Watts.


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