Review of "Grace of Monaco (DVD)"

published 21/01/2017 | stacey2911
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"Grace of Monaco"

Grace of Monaco (DVD)

Grace of Monaco (DVD)

Grace of Monaco
Price: £4.07 or free on amazon prime
Certificate: PG
Released: 2014

I've been wanting to see this film for quite some time, it's not my usual type of film but I do like Nicole Kidman as an actress and the trailer really appealed to me.

Grace Kelly a successful movie star in Los Angeles she gets married to the prince of Monaco and moves to Monaco, Grace isn't happy and that's obvious to see her life has been changed drastically. One day Hitchcock visits Grace in Monaco and hands her an exciting script which she's just dying to be apart of. Later on Grace visits an old hospital where she has the idea to renovate and put partitions up so the orphans have their own little living spaces, but her idea is instantly dismissed by Madge who thinks she's better than Grace. Everything Grace does and says is wrong and she starts to think she's made a mistake, marrying a Prince. Grace wants to go back to being in movies but knows it would never be accepted and her husband would never approve, but to her surprise he lets her and supports her. There is a lot of bad press that follows Grace going back to movies, someone from the palace leaked the press release early and causes trouble. Rainier, Prince of Monaco is worried about the threats that france will invade Monaco. Grace is so miserable with her life in Monaco so she calls her mother, only her mother tells her that she has done better than any girl in Philadelphia and she should not return to acting. Grace starts to look into the history of Monaco to learn everything she can, she even starts to have movement and speech and language help from tutors. Grace really tries to step up to being a princess she wants to be accepted. Grace starts to get suspicious that there is a french spy in the palace. The only person Grace can trust is Father Francis Tucker but he decides to leave Monaco for the states leaving a devastated Grace. Grace must decide if she wants to return to being an actress or live up to her role as a princess. With two children she has a lot to consider.

This film has been enjoyable I like that it is a biographical drama. I do wonder how factual it really is but I just went with it. I quite enjoyed watching the relationship between Rainier III and Grace, it's not a very romantic relationship despite them being married, they slept in separate rooms but respected one another and Grace stood by her man when he needed her the most. The film was quite easy to follow, there were moments at the beginning of the film which should have been remembered at the end but overall it was enjoyable.

The film is set in Monaco in 1961 which appeared to be a very financial and politically difficult time for the country. The film starts in Los Angeles in 1956 and you can see how different things are from just the few moments we saw of Los Angeles compared to Monaco.


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Biographical
Drama
Love
History
Royalty


Casting
Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly
Tim Roth as Rainier III, Prince of Monaco
Frank Langella as Father Francis Tucker
Parker Posey as Madge Tivey-Faucon
Milo Ventimiglia as Rupert Allen
Derek Jacobi as Count Fernando D'Ailieres
Paz Vega as Maria Callas
Geraldine Somerville as Princess Antoinette of Monaco
Robert Lindsay as Aristotle Onassis
Nicholas Farrell as Jean-Charles Rey
Roger Ashton-Griffiths as Alfred Hitchcock
Jeanne Balibar as Countess Baciocchi
Yves Jacques as Mr. Delavenne
Olivier Rabourdin as Emile Pelletier
Flora Nicholson as Phyllis Blum
André Penvern as Charles de Gaulle
Philip Delancy as Robert McNamara

I really like Nicole Kidman, she was one of the reasons why I watched this film and I think she did very well in this film, I especially liked the way she portrayed Grace Kelly. Nicole is a really good actress, her facial expressions tell you everything you need to know, she doesn't necessarily need to speak for you to know how she's feeling. I wanted to know more about Madge she didn't come across as a particularly nice person always putting Grace down and pointing out her flaws. I can't fault any of the acting, I thought they all did a good job, most characters only had such small parts except Grace and Rainier.

Favourite quotes
'Never be afraid to speak your mind'
'At some point every fairy tale must end'


Grace in Monaco has been an eye opening film, I did enjoy watching it but it won't be a film to watch again, It's not the sort of film you could watch over and over again but for a one time watch it was really good and I would recommend it especially if you like period dramas. If you have Amazon Prime, it's on there for free so worth a watch if you have that otherwise I would say keep an eye out in the charity shops for it, which is where I purchased mine for £1. II feel like I did learn quite a bit from this movie but history and politics have never been a strong subject for me but it was still a good film to watch.

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  • snow_drops published 03/02/2017
    vh :)
  • Secre published 24/01/2017
    Nicely done!
  • kiss_me2070 published 23/01/2017
    Good review.
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Product Information : Grace of Monaco (DVD)

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Product Details

Actor(s): Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Frank Langella, Parker Posey

Director(s): Olivier Dahan

Actor(s) (Last name, First name): Kidman, Nicole

DVD Region: DVD

Video Category: Feature Film

Classification: Parental Guidance

Production Year: 2014

EAN: 5051892164511

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