Sundance Review: The Princess is a haunting documentary with effective use of archival footage.

Princess Diana’s story is told exclusively through contemporaneous archive creating a bold and immersive narrative of her life and death. It also illuminates how the public’s attitude to the monarchy was and still is.

Although The Princess doesn’t say anything new about Princess Diana, the documentary goes for a different approach which is using archival footage with no commentary. Which makes it surprisingly pretty haunting at times, it’s entirely from the media’s point of view and it truly highlights both sides of the media. Showing how much she was loved and how some outlets took advantage of her during scandals, it was outlets going at war with each other which I have to say was very interesting. The archival footage as I said before is very effective, it makes it a lot more raw and definitely gives us a different perspective of what Princess Diana’s life was like in the royal family. We have heard many other documentaries talk about that from people who knew her or family members, but here it definitely feels a lot different. It feels a lot more open which is definitely a lot more effective for the viewer.

The Princess currently has no release date but will be released on HBO later this year.

8/10 B+

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