Kid­man’s fire fiz­zles fur­ther

Marlborough Midweek - - Front Page - NOW SHOW­ING BY MATT LAWREY

For­get­table: Ni­cole Kid­man as Grace Kelly and Tim Roth as Prince Rainer in Roth makes an en­tirely for­get­table Rainer and de­liv­ers a charm­less per­for­mance.

Se­ri­ously, the guy puts more en­ergy into smok­ing through­out the film than act­ing. Frank Lan­gella isn’t much bet­ter as Monaco’s top priest and gets lum­bered with some of the worst lines in the film.

How­ever, fans of the ra­di­ant Span­ish star Paz Vega will get a buzz see­ing her turn­ing up briefly as Maria Cal­las, and Sir Derek Ja­cobi has a small role as a count.

Trag­i­cally Kid­man turns Kelly into a sniv­el­ling wreck of a woman who looks con­stantly on the edge of hav­ing a ner­vous break­down. She also spends large amounts of the film star­ing into space and act­ing like a child.

It’s not ex­actly the world’s most flat­ter­ing por­trayal and from what I’ve read about Kelly it doesn’t seem that cred­i­ble ei­ther.

I also sus­pect the blank look on the princess’s face for much of the film can largely be blamed on Kid­man over­do­ing it in the cos­metic en­hance­ments depart­ment.

The cold hard truth is that de­spite her wrin­kle­less vis­age Kid­man is too old to be play­ing Kelly at the time the film is set. Kelly was 32 in 1962. Kid­man is 46.

Of course you can’t just blame the writer, cast and com­poser.

The per­son most re­spon­si­ble for the film’s fail­ings has to be its di­rec­tor.

Da­han has some­how coaxed life­less per­for­mances out of what is ac­tu­ally an im­pres­sive line-up of ac­tors.

Watch­ing Grace of Monaco un­spool it’s hard to be­lieve he is the same man who made the ac­claimed Piaf film.

He has also turned what you would have thought was a story of some in­ter­est into a dull and life­less af­fair.

But don’t just take my word for it – the woman sit­ting next to me fell asleep about 40 min­utes into the film. By the end she was snor­ing her head off.

Bot­tom line: dis­ap­point­ing.


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