GRACE OF MONACO (M)

THE RE­GAL HAS (CRASH) LANDED, US, 103 MIN

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View­ing Grace of Monaco is like learn­ing a flock of geese is se­cretly liv­ing in­side your lo­cal li­brary. It just keeps honk­ing at the wrong times, all the time. While no bet­ter nor worse than last year’s fa­mously botched biopic of a roy­ally de­ceased style icon – yes, that means you, Naomi “Princess Diana” Watts – it is ar­guably more laugh­able and lam­en­ta­ble. Each minute passes in a mild panic that we might swiftly for­get that Grace Kelly (played like a ditzy, Dior-clad deer in the head­lights by Ni­cole Kid­man) sac­ri­ficed a ma­jor movie ca­reer to marry a mi­nor Euro­pean royal. And so, the re­peated ref­er­ences to real life be­ing her “great­est role” and the in­ces­sant urg­ings that she “play the part” just keep on com­ing. Sigh.

Ni­cole Kid­man

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