There was talk last year of Olivier Dahan’s “Grace of Monaco” being a late 2013 awards hopeful before the film got pushed back into this year.
Ever since that delay, Dahan and Harvey Weinstein have been arguing in the press over cuts and edits on the film and Dahan seemingly got his way as his version premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier today.
Unfortunately for both of them, the movie has been greated with universal pans. Reviews aren’t just bad, they are outright scathing with some labelling it a future camp classic. Amongst some key quotes:
“It is a film so awe-inspiringly wooden that it is basically a fire-risk. The cringe-factor is ionospherically high.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“The sort of misbegotten venture no amount of clever re-editing could hope to improve.” – Scott Foundas, Variety
“The ‘Shrek’ movies deconstruct fairy tale conventions with much more depth and wit than this dreary parade of lifeless celebrity waxworks.” – Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter
“The acting is so heightened, and the script so thoroughly awful, that Dahan’s idea – his big and seemingly only one – can’t begin to stick. [The end title card reads] ‘Grace Kelly never acted again’ – as for this lot, we’ll see.” – Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
“Even by the standards of recent Royal biopics ‘W.E.’ and ‘Diana,’ it’s something of a disaster: rarely competent, unintentionally hilarious and borderline reprehensible in both its politics and its take on gender roles. It’s unlikely to be forgotten in a hurry.” – Oliver Lyttelton, The Playlist
“Often silly but never vivacious, Grace of Monaco fails as either a stately drama of the BBC provenance or an entertainingly trashy tell-all… the film is short on either insight or juice.” – Richard Corliss, Time Magazine
The Weinstein Company has also confirmed it is retaining U.S. distribution rights and plans to release the film in North America sometime in the late summer or early fall.