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How to squash a souffle
, May 31, 2002
Oscar Wilde's masterful triumph of style over substance still makes audiences laugh because the timing and pace are perfect as written. This film has padded the story line, presumably to make the movie more visually interesting, but it's like taking a perfect souffle from the oven and pouring a pint of chocolate sauce, a pound of nuts and a gallon of whipped cream over it. The only time this film works, despite the best efforts of the performers, is when it lets the original dialogue flow, however briefly. At times the rewriting gets downright silly, as when Gwendolyn drives herself to Jack's country home, then talks about missing trains back to London. And she's hardly the kind of girl who get's her boyfriend's name tattoed on her buttocks.
It's pretty to look at, but not nearly as much fun as it should have been.