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‘Grace of Monaco’ Is D.O.A. at the Cannes Film Festival

Nicole Kidman and the Olivier Dahan film seems to be getting ‘laughable’ pans from the critics in France…

grace-of-monacoThe 2014 Cannes Film Festival kicks off today with Olivier Dahan’s anticipated Grace of Monaco starring Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman and Tim Roth.  After reports have surfaced that the royal family of Grace Kelly, in which the film portrays, does not approve of the film, critics have seem to universally dismiss the picture that is distributed by Harvey Weinstein.

Weinstein is said to be very unhappy with the cut of the film, after reports surfaced that he might abandon ship of distributing the film.   Both the direction and the script by Arash Amel seem to be getting panned for its straight forward approach and copycat to Hitchcock approach.  Many are saying that its worse than Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Diana with Naomi Watts, which suffered a similar fate last awards season.

Stephen Dalton of The Hollywood Reporter says:

It is even possible to make a boring film out of this rich, juicy, gossipy material? It would seem so. Indeed, it is almost perversely impressive how Dahan misses almost every target and squanders almost every opportunity. Because Grace of Monaco is a stiff, stagey, thuddingly earnest affair which has generated far more drama off screen than on. Even with skilled heavyweights like Nicole Kidman and Frank Langella on board, writer-producer Arash Amel‘s groaningly literal script and Christopher Gunning’s intrusively treacly score drown every nuance in soapy banality.

Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gives an unflattering comparison for Nicole Kidman:

The resulting film about this fantastically boring crisis is like a 104-minute Chanel ad, only without the subtlety and depth. Princess Grace herself is played by Nicole Kidman, wafting around the Palace with dewy-eyed features and slightly parted lips which make her look like a grown-up Bambi after a couple of cocktails, suddenly remembering his mother’s violent death in the forest.

Not everyone hated it though.  Geoffrey Macnab of The Independent says:

However, for all the crudity of its plotting, this is a subtle and stylised character study. Watching the film, it is easy to be reminded of Gloria Swanson’s famous line from Sunset Boulevard, “we didn’t need dialogue, we had faces.” Dahan understands the power of the close-up. The camera homes in on Kidman as often as possible. Her features, which dominate the screen, are far more expressive than the often trite words she and the other characters utter.

Here are some of the fascinating Twitter reactions coming through:

What do you think?

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Written by Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.


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