MONTE CARLO Blu-ray Review
Recently released on Blu-ray is MONTE CARLO, the story of three girls finding the answers to life in an overseas adventure. Selena Gomez stars as Grace, a recent high school graduate and part time waitress, who has saved her hard earned tips for a week long trip to Paris after graduation. Grace thinks she can find the answers to life in the City of Love. Along for the ride is Emma, played by Katie Cassidy. Emma is at least 10 years older than Grace and still waitressing. She dreams of the finer things in life like big houses with dimmer switches. She has saved her money to escort, or maybe corrupt, Grace through Paris. However, Grace’s mother, played by Andie McDowell, decides that the two need a chaperone and send Grace’s new pouty stepsister, Meg, played by Leighton Meester. Meg knows about the finer things in life, thinks Emma is trash, and cares very little for Grace. Doesn’t that sound like a party?
It is not until things go wrong in Paris and Grace is mistaken for British royalty that the movie heads to Monte Carlo. From there, the movie goes into even more typical shenanigans such as mistaken identity, role playing, playing dress up, falling for the guy that does not seem to like you, losing things, finding things, and finding out that what they thought was missing, they already had.
Monte Carlo is not ground breaking in either plot or acting. However, I am a sucker for both Leighton Meester and Katie Cassidy. Both of them are adorable in the movie. I was also pleasantly surprised with Selena Gomez, although I liked her best in her role as the British heiriess, Cordelia. She had the perfect air of snotty uncaringness. Aside from that, the men are not bad to look at it, including Cory Monteith (Glee), Pierre Boulanger, and Luke Bracey. Overall, Monte Carlo is a fluffy piece of fun. Perfect for when you just want 90 minutes to go by while watching attractive scenery and beautiful clothes and characters.
The Monte Carlo Blu-ray is in HD and has a 35.5 MBPS Bitrate and DTS-HD Master Audio. It also comes with a Digital Copy of the movie that you can trasnfer to your computer or ipod. The Blu-ray also has bonus features including:
Deleted Scenes – There are seven deleted scenes, one of which I think should have been left in the movie. The scene entitled “Meet Madama Valery” offered a lot of insight and explanation into various plot points that I remember wondering about during the viewing of the movie. The other six scenes were entertaining, but not crucial.
Monte Carlo Match Up Interactive Quiz – Perhaps geared to the teens or tweens who would watch this Blu-ray, this is a match up game that can be played right on your DVD player.
Ding-Dang Delicious: The Boys of Monte Carlo – a behind the scenes look at the men of Monte Carlo. There is an explanation as to how they were cast, what they were looking for, and then various comments on the men themselves. It is just over 5 minutes long.
Monte Carlo’s Couture – As predicted from the title, this is a look at all of the fashion in the movie. The costumers talk about the dressing each girl, the dresses themselves, and what it was like to costume the movie. This feature is about 6 minutes long.
Jet Setter’s Dreams – The cast talks about travelling throughout the making of the movie which was filmed both in Paris and Monte Carlo, but also in another location that I will not give away and which was a bit surprising. They also talk about what it was like to have certain landmarks and attractions, such as the Eiffel Tower, all to themselves while filming. This feature is also about 6 minutes long.
Backstage Pass – A true behind-the-scenes look at everything about the movie. Selena talks about the changes between playing Grace and Cordelia. Leighton talks about how far she had to travel in one day for two different scenes. It is about three minutes long.
Gossip with the Girls – Selena, Leighton and Katie sit around and gossip about the making of the movie. Clearly, the title is a play on Leighton’s famous role on Gossip Girls, but the segment is lighthearted and fun. There was even a new word coined, “locationship.” This came in at just over five minutes long.
There is also Live Features if your Blu-ray player is hooked up to the internet and the Theatrical Trailer.
While Monte Carlo may not be a movie that I would watch repeatedly or necessarily recommend as a “must see”, it is light enough and enjoyable enough that I could picture myself loading the digital copy for a plane ride. There was not any point of time that I was frustrated or angry with the movie or felt that it was too cheesy or cliched (although it was honestly a bit of both). The background, scenery, and costuming are breathtaking. It actually made me long to be in Paris again. Therefore, I would say that Monte Carlo is definitely worth a viewing.
Check out Monte Carlo now available on Blu-ray.