Does Naomi Watts’ ‘Diana’ Teaser Border on Emotional Manipulation?

Of course we’re not going to get a Princess Diana movie that doesn’t affix its lens on her relationship with the media. But man does the first teaser trailer for Diana, the forthcoming biopic led by actress Naomi Watts, really lay it on thick. With melodramatic shots of England’s Rose ensconced in a sea of paparazzi snapshots, stepping into the backseat of a car in ominous slow motion, the video treads the line of emotional manipulation.

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With this tragic connotation already at the forefront of our minds at any mention of Princess Di, it seems like overkill to deal so heavy-handedly with her untimely passing. But maybe the trailer is not an indication of the attitude Diana will take in handling its subject matter. A truly innovative, interesting film would delve into the princess’ intriguing, romantic, highly complicated life. Hopefully, Diana does not lose focus in an attempt to recreate the emotional resonance of the unforgettable day she was taken from this Earth.

Diana hits theaters Sept. 20.

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