Grace of Monaco

Grace of Monaco

(2014)

The greatest role Grace Kelly would ever play.

Nicole Kidman is Grace Kelly, the 1950s Hollywood star who retired from acting at age 26 to take up duties in Monaco as the wife of Prince Rainier III. Follows Kelly's crisis of marriage and identity during a political dispute between Rainier (Tim Roth) and France's Charles De Gaulle (André Penvern), which threatened a French invasion in the early 1960s. From the director of La Vie en Rose.... More

The script has been critised by the Royal Family of Monaco, their statement concluded: "The Royal Family wishes to stress that this film in no way constitutes a biopic. It recounts one rewritten, needlessly glamorised page in the history of Monaco... with both major historical inaccuracies, and a series of purely fictional scenes." Kidman, in an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro, said in response: "This is not a biopic or a fictionalised documentary of Grace Kelly, but only a small part of her life where she reveals her great humanity as well as her fears, and weaknesses."Hide

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As someone with the utmost aversion to body shaming and Hollywood beauty ideals, this is a hard one to frame but it has to be acknowledged that if you undertake to portray one of the most mesmerising beauties in all of film history, then certain expectations exist. One of them is not that a 33-year-old Grace Kelly will be portrayed by a middle-aged woman whose waxen death mask of a face has been paralysed into an approximation of youth. It’s unfair, but everything else hinges on the fact that if Kidman had dazzled, the rest of the film’s flaws would seem more forgivable. Instead her taut features fascinate, but in a distracting, Siamese-twin-foetus-in-a-jar kind of way.... More

Her face is just the tip of a piss-filled iceberg. This melodrama takes historical events and reduces them to daytime soap opera. Not unexpected given we’re talking about one of the grandest Hollywood fairy tales of all time, but in this alternate timeline, the American Princess Grace of Monaco is solely responsible for saving sovereign state Monaco from French annexation, and presumably certain death for its citizens.

Key characters such as French president Charles de Gaulle (Andre Penvern), Aristotle Onassis (Robert Lindsay) and Kelly’s Rear Window and To Catch a Thief director Alfred Hitchcock (Roger Ashton-Griffiths) are reduced to embarrassing caricatures. The casting seems based solely on who sounds most like an olde-timey cartoon villain. One solitary star will be awarded for the metric tonne of amazing jewellery adorning her Serene Highness and guests’ necks – the cold rocks draped around Kidman’s person emote more convincingly than she does.Hide


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This is a very middle of the road retelling of some of the less interesting events in Grace Kelly's eventful life. For the flicks reviewer to give it one star based mostly on Nicole Kidman's FACE is shameful and for the reviewer to say she is not into 'body shaming' and 'hollywood beauty ideals' is sadly ironic.

There are far worse films you could see and a lot of those films probably have good reviews from this website. Get some consistency with your standards 'flicks'.


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3% of critics recommend.
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  • More high camp than High Society, Dahan’s hilariously ham-fisted biopic seeks high-stakes operatic thrills, but provides shrill melodramatic spills. Full Review

  • Little is left to our imagination or intelligence as characters spout facts and exposition and we're treated to a parade of familiar historical figures in distracting smaller roles. Full Review

  • It is almost perversely impressive how Dahan misses almost every target and squanders almost every opportunity. Full Review

  • Like a 104-minute Chanel ad, only without the subtlety and depth. Full Review

  • The film fails to deliver any dramatic punch or psychological insight. An opportunity squandered. Full Review

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