103 Min | Biography – Drama – Romance | June 2014
IMDB Rating: 5.7
Director: Olivier Dahan
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Andre Penvern
Grace of Monaco Review: Insofar the best film of the year and one that seems loosely based on a year in the life of Princess Grace of Monaco during a time of much political pressure and stresses. But the historical facts, or apparent lack thereof, should not detour one from the main focus of the story, that of love. And with the reputation that Grace Kelly had I don’t think that the portrayal of her by Nicole Kidman is anything short of marvellous, she in fact brings more life, heart and soul to a princess who is more known for her driving skills on the Riviera than her Oscar winning performance and humanitarianism. Nicole Kidman’s powerful performance will effortlessly guide you through the simple story of a wife doing what’s best for her family, to spite the plush and glamorous backdrop that is Monaco. It’s a story of how much work a marriage requires and the alacrity needed to commit to making it work.
Grace of Monaco touches on themes of sacrifice, obedience, dedication and resentment but still bringing it back to love, as no matter the sub-plot all pertain to love or at least an aspect of love. In the end the nuances made to films of the sixties, the magical locations, the gorgeous costumes and elegant music wrap this brilliant piece of cinema up in the perfect packaging. Expect Parker Posey, Tim Roth, Paz Vega, Frank Langella and Robert Lindsay to turn out stellar performances serving us nothing but impeccable acting. Is it their roles of their lives? Not necessarily, but the collaboration was brilliant.
Grace of Monaco seems to have gained controversy up to its release mainly because the Royals had something to say about the script. None had seen the film but are boycotting it nonetheless. Probably because the film refers to these very children as brats, not because of the depiction of either mother or father. So maybe their opinion should remain up there in their castle and allow common folk to relish in the idea that a Royal and Oscar winning actress, just like a commoner, can be fulfilled, inspired and driven by love? Allow the point to touch you and not the historical accuracy to detour you.