Kidman’s fire fizzles further
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.