Grace of Monaco is the true story of Grace Kelly (Nicole Kidman), a former hollywood actress who became royal after marrying Prince Rainier III (Tim Roth). One could argue about the plot of this film, but there would be no official outcome. Some would say it was about her attempt at returning to Hollywood, while others would say it's about the political dispute in Monaco. Some may even say it is about her relationship with her husband, but everybody would be both right and wrong.
Grace of Monaco is a real mess. The film sets itself up to tell the story of Alfred Hitchcock's (Roger Ashton-Griffiths) attempt to get her back to Hollywood, but this plot line is skimmed over and then forgotten halfway through the film. It is not until the closing title card when we are reminded that that was even a part of this forgettable film. This is presumably due to the film trying to cramp in as much as it can about Grace Kelly's life into its limited runtime, resulting in the audience left wondering just how much time had really past since the previous shot.
I would compliment the performances, but they're only decent in comparison to the rest of the movie. During my viewing of this monstrosity of a movie, I was under the impression that Nicole Kidman and Tim Roth were giving mighty fine performances. It was not until I left the cinema when I remembered all of their other works. They're not terrible in this film, but they just look uninterested in the film. They all look bored and that transpires to the audience, making us bored too.
The film's runtime, despite being only 100 minutes, was way too lengthy. I could happily watch a two and a half hour epic about the life of Grace Kelly so long as the execution was done right. Grace of Monaco was executed atrociously and therefore it was a struggle to successfully sit through the entire length of this marathon. I have never checked my watch this frequently in a movie all year and unfortunately checking my watch failed to get me out of the cinema.
Grace of Monaco is sure to stir controversy due to the opening title card. The film opens with a title card that states, please note that I'm paraphrasing it here, "This film is a fictitious account of real life events". This led to many doubts as to what really did happen in Grace Kelly's life. Perhaps it is just as untruthful as many other biopics seem to be, but it doesn't stop me from questioning how truthful the film really is. The whole film could have been a lie just so they could make what they thoughts was going to be a thrilling watch, but oh they were so very wrong.
To sum up, Grace of Monaco features a convoluted plot with too many events attempting to cram themselves into the already painful, and short, runtime. Not to mention, the performances are unfortunately dull, but as is the execution.