The Happy Prince
8 April 2019
Rupert Everett (Director)
Rupert Everett, Colin Morgan, Colin Firth
The untold story of the last days in the tragic times of Oscar Wilde,
a person who observes his own failure with ironic distance and regards
the difficulties that beset his life with detachment and humor.
Past films about Oscar Wilde have tended to centre on him at the height of his fame and the outbreak of scandal, but Rupert Everett's biopic takes us into his later years, when he is living in exile, broken and destitute. Overall, I thought The Happy Prince was a compelling and evocative portrayal. The shifts between past and present happen with a dreamlike quality and never felt jarring, and the moments chosen all contributed to the portrait of a fallen idol. Everett gives a fine performance in the lead, able assisted by the rest of the stellar cast. This is certainly a film that would stand up to repeat viewings. 4.5 stars.
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