Cannes Review: Grace of Monaco

The princess, Grace of Monaco the serenity to which we all aspire, a monument of politics, history and life. Once torn between two worlds forced to leave behind a world admired in the light of a world once blooming with love and hope although, since tormented with lies, deceit and consequences.

Journey into the life of former Hollywood star Grace Kelly and witness the tale of an icon unfold throughout the most daunting year in her life, as she rivals against the traitors and uses the people for greatness throughout a year of her life in the 1960s.

The picture joins the princess six years after abandoned her glittering Hollywood career in search for something more and after she was married Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956, as Grace’s hope of spreading peace is slowly diminished, her past filed with unacceptance and travesty begins to become more apparent. Especially as she attempts to comprehend what it actually means to marry royalty.

As time stretches on Grace’s lust to fulfil her art and passion for the screen is leading her to question her decision to marry into royalty. Whilst in the crossfire of debate between the movies and a life in Monaco, Grace is offered a role by her long time friend Alfred Hitchcock to play the role of Marnie in his next film. Although, after her decision is made, the news is leaked from the palace of her returning to Hollywood, during a political crisis bringing France to war with Monaco, the news brings the stability of Monaco’s royal couple under fire by the public and the press at a time where Monaco is on the brink of collapse as a sovereign nation.

With Monaco nearing collapse by a looming French invasion in the early 1960s. Grace prepares to play the greatest role of her career the Princess Grace of Monaco. However, through the most daunting year of her life as she falls into dismay can she really ignite the world behind her and stop the French, in the process maintaining the life she imagined, dreamed and fell in love within.

Whilst created in a fictional form Grace of Monaco is a magnificent achievement to bring to the screen. Since its first screening the Grace of Monaco has been fire from the Monaco royal family and sceptics, the historical accuracy of any film is on the edge, as the majority of biopics are only inspired by the true events surrounding them. Considering the facts and the dramatisation, the film presents Grace Kelly as accurately as theatrically possible and does not tarnish the icons reputation or history in any way.

Putting history aside director Olivier Dahan’s creation is splendid, thrilling and sensational – focusing on more than the glamorous aspect of the story. Combined with a breathtaking performance from Nicole Kidman portraying the Princess of Monaco this is a masterpiece of acting.

After witnessing this deceitful 1960s drama, the criticism surrounding the Grace of Monaco’s dealing with The Weinstein Company has become astoundingly understandable. Whilst the performances and cinematography are a spectacle to be seen, the film has an understandable drawback that immersive quality every award contender needs which is shattered by the editing that composes the film to be presented in the manner of a typical drama – removing the riveting tension that was intentionally placed as the project was produced. On the basis of director Olivier Dahan’s cut the film is certainly in no position to enter the awards season. However, Harvey Weinstein’s proven skill of recutting features is well known to win awards and Harvey’s version of the picture is similarly a lot more likely to grab the attention of Academy members for Best Picture as the awards season progresses.

Her triumph is awe-inspiring, her passion remarkable, her life iconic and this film is no less.


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James Rush is Tastic Film Magazine’s Chief Editor.