Ultimately, Grace of Monaco did open the 2014 Cannes Film Festival as scheduled.
But to what end?
Nicole Kidman, who plays Hollywood superstar turned royal Grace Kelly in the biopic, stunned as usual at Wednesday's premiere. The leading lady wore a strapless blue Georgio Armani Privé gown with a lace bustier and three-dimensional embroidery with crystals, baguettes and pearls.
The film itself, however, didn't come off quite as well.