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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars All wrong, 2 Dec. 2013
This review is from: The Importance Of Being Earnest [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
The brilliance of Wilde's play lies in the contrast between the prim, English manners of the characters, especially the female ones, and the absurd things those characters say. The more unsubtly haughty those characters are, the starker the contrast, and the funnier the result.

The people behind this production did not understand that. Rather than go over the top with Victorian stuffiness as they should have done, they went for a modern, sexy edginess that dulled the contrast and killed laughs. They tried, foolishly, to supplement Wilde's wit with their own.

The actors, moreover, delivered their lines with too little panache. They under-acted in a play that cries out for over-acting.
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Initial post: 1 Apr 2014 11:24:20 BDT
This review by Ronald Kozar is true and accurate. I too was disappointed with this movie - I saw some Youtube clips, though should have gone for the original version directed by Anthony Asquith.

Posted on 28 Mar 2015 14:47:28 GMT
I entirely agree. The flashbacks are especially ridiculous. How to turn a great play into a terrible movie.

Posted on 14 Feb 2016 17:30:01 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Feb 2016 17:30:59 GMT
A customer says:
A superb review. One could wax lyrical for hours on why this appalling production fails completely, but basically its just awful. Its supposed to be Oscar Wilde for heavens sake! Everett, Firth and Dench are just sleep walking and should be shot, and one suspects they are just waiting to pick up their pay cheques.
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