It’s impossible to discuss Grace of Monaco without bringing up the word ‘Oscar'; the film stars Nicole Kidman, features the directing talents of Olivier Dahan (La Vie En Rose), and focuses on screen legend Grace Kelly’s life as the Princess of Monaco. That sounds like a formula for Academy Awards success on paper, or at least that may well be the hope of all involved. Prestige pictures do make for valuable currency during the glitziest, most competitive stretch of the movie season – after all, and nothing says “prestige” quite like idol worship, but you’ll have to watch the above trailer and judge for yourself.
It’s worth noting that Dahan succeeded in doing more with La Vie En Rose than simply aggrandizing its subject matter, however, so it stands to reason that he should be able to perform the same feat here. Coming straight out of the Weinstein Company’s gates, the film specifically details the period of time during Kelly’s reign as Princess in which her husband, Prince of Monaco Rainier III (Tim Roth), sparred with French general and statesman Charles De Gaulle (Andrew Penvern) over matters of tax reform and threats of military invasion.
You won’t see much of that here, though. Like the first teaser for Diana (which features Kidman’s friend/awards season competitor Naomi Watts as the famous princess) this first teaser has one goal only, and that’s to establish a sense of opulence and beauty while showing off Kidman herself looking absolutely stunning in-character as Grace. Dahan admirably confronted enough of the travails in Edith Piaf’s own life that it seems likely he’ll be all too eager to do the same here. In other words, be advised, and walk into this film with no expectations that it’ll solely embody the fairy tale Frank Langella describes in his voiceover.
Grace of Monaco marks the first major release on Dahan’s docket since 2007, the last offering on the Weinstein’s awards slate for 2013 (following the likes of Fruitvale Station, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, August: Osage County, and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), and the second piece of Oscar bait Kidman has a role in this fall (the other being The Railway Man). Strange that it’s taken this long for the film to receive a trailer, especially considering that it hasn’t gone around the festival circuit like some of its fellow Weinstein releases, but better late than never.
That does mean, of course, that early reactions won’t start appearing online until the end of November, when the film starts its theatrical run. In the meantime, this clip promises that Grace of Monaco at least will look lovely if nothing else.
Grace of Monaco arrives in US theaters November 27th, 2013.
Source: The Guardian