The Importance of Being Earnest

January 15, 2010 at 9:29 pm Leave a comment

MOVIE:  The Importance of Being Earnest

NUTSHELL:  Oliver Parker’s treatment of Oscar Wilde’s classic story about a man who concocts a ne’er do well brother in the city so he can get away from the country, a man who invents a sick friend in the country so he can get out of the city, and the wacky japery that ensues when they try to woo some chicks.

GOOD THINGS:  Rupert Everett, Reese Witherspoon, Tom Wilkinson, Judi Dench, un-orphaned orphans

BAD THINGS:  Hmmm…. disturbingly pinched schoolmarm

FEATURES:  Colin Firth, Frances O’Connor, tattoos, schoolgirl fantasy tableaus, the Savoy, abandoned infants

UNCOMFORTABLE MOMENTS:  Uhhhh doesn’t that make them brother and sister?

NOTABLE:  The character names alone are funny: Algy, Lady Bracknell, Dr. Chasuble, Miss Prism, Merriman, Gribsby

BEST PART:  Jack’s reaction to finding Algy in the country.

BEST LINE:  Pay attention. It’s Oscar Wilde; every line is a best line.

CROWNS:  4 out of 5

Entry filed under: Brits, Firebaton review.

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