The Importance of Being Earnest
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Mistaken identity carried to lovely, ludicrous extremes. This crisp adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic comedy stars Colin Firth (The Turn of the Screw) as an English dandy who pretends to be his own brother, Earnest. Enter his best friend, played by Rupert Everett (My Best Friend's Wedding), who's also being Earnest for effect. Embellish the elegant country estate with two saucynot to mention confusedyoung ladies and Dame Judi Dench as formidable Lady Bracknell. The results: a fluffy soufflé of wit and Wildean wisdom. 1-1/2 hours.
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The casting was excellent--Earnest, like all the other characters, really suits his role in this movie. The costuming and cinematography were very good, and the whole movie seemed to be true to life--I could actually imagine something like this happening in the real world LOL. Truth is, after all, far stranger than fiction. Overall, if you're looking for a good light comedy that doesn't require a lot of deep thought, this is an excellent choice. The live streaming service also works extremely well here at Amazon--we had tried streaming this movie elsewhere online first, and had trouble with buffering and freezing. Since Amazon's streaming service has now proven to be superior to others we have tried, we'll be watching more movies this way.
Since originally a stage play the dialogue is naturally the focus. And Wilde's effervescent dialogue is replete with subtle ironies and foreshadowings. Parker's use of filmmaking technology -- such as the addition of action sequences, frequent scene changes, and Algernon's improbable arrival at Worthing's country house -- is a distraction rather than an enhancement. Parker has given us a cluttered, expansive backdrop into which so many engaging details fade and become lost.
In contrast, Asquith in his screen interpretation keeps the settings and characters contained, as on stage, thus keeping our focus on what they say. Drawing Room Comedy works best when kept in the drawing room.
"The Importance of Being Earnest" is one of my favorite plays. I've seen multiple productions on stage as well as Asquith's film a number times. Parker's version suffers by comparison. I came close to giving it only one star, but decent acting just barely dragged it into two star territory. But if one is looking for the real flavor of Wilde's wit, I suggest looking elsewhere.
The scene takes place in london and in the countryside at Hertfordshire, in the manor of Jack the main character. This movie is based on the homonym playwright writen by Wilde and presented on stage in 1895. Dialogs are pretty faithful to the play and they are really well interpreted by Everett (Algy), Firth (Jack), Judi Dench (lady B.), etc. all characters are really funny and if you like Wilde and his humor/ irony, if you like nice costumes and decor you should watch this movie not always tender with the Victorian morality and principles.
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