Film review: Grace of Monaco

Grace of Monaco arrives in local cinemas with what might be the worst word of mouth any film has had in recent memory. At its premiere out of competition at the Cannes International Film Festival in May, there were the customary boos, which have become almost as anticipated as the movie stars themselves at this premiere celebration of cinema, but perhaps because the film is set a small gulf and two bays over along the French Riviera, the immediate reaction was scathing.

Such hysteria is normal for the festival and should be taken with a grain of salt. This is by no means as bad as Diana, which was a mishmash of styles and tone, with bad acting everywhere including from the otherwise always dependable Naomi Watts, but also told a tale of a princess who didn’t grow up with blue blood and who had trouble playing by the rules of tradition. Grace of Monaco is mediocre and often pointless, but it is not the travesty the Cannes crowd may have led us to believe.

It is curious that director Olivier Dahan, who did such a fine job of bringing Édith Piaf in all her glory to the screen in La Vie en rose, would fail so miserably in presenting a rounded character here.

To read the full review, visit The Prague Post. Grace of Monaco is currently on wide release in Bulgaria.

(Still of Nicole Kidman in Grace of Monaco)