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on 2 April 2017
A wonderful play re-imagined for film in a really exciting and inventive way. It retains much of the text, and all of the quirky charm of the play. It is lively, happy and carefree. Rupert Everett is superb . Colin Firth wonderful as always. Judi Dench works hard and the prudish miss Prism is played by Anna Massey with understated characterful comic élan. The big female stars try very hard and succeed in winning over the men. A ROMP!
The odd re-write and omission, together with scenes transposed and distributed between settings, may disturb those who know the play well, but as a film it is a pleasure.
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on 3 August 2017
Oliver Parker wrote the screenplay and directed this rather lovely adaption of Oscar Wilde's most popular play. It's his second adaption of Wilde after the also very enjoyable 'An Ideal Husband' and, like his previous film, features Rupert Everett as one of the leads.The entire film is well cast with Everett as Algernon, Colin Firth as Jack/Earnest, Judi Dench as the redoubtable Lady Bracknell, Reese Witherspoon who works surprisingly well as Cecily, Felicity Jones as Gwendolen, and Anna Massey and Tom Wilkonson rounding out the cast as Miss Prism and the Reverend Mr. Chasuble. And while they all turn in delightfully OTT performances which are perfectly in keeping with the piece and the beautiful and equally OTT sets and costumes, Rupert Everett does steal the show as Algernon. The scenes between him and Colin Firth are just too delicious for words.

The DVD has English subtitles for those who need them and includes the following extra features:
- Audio Commentary with Director
- The Making of 'Importance of Being Earnest' featurette
- Behind the Scenes
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on 21 January 2017
Great film. Super quality!
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on 14 May 2017
Saw this on TV and really enjoyed it. Funny, well acted & superb cast. Would recommend to anyone.
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on 4 June 2017
Bought to replace a video. A great play and really well acted
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on 4 March 2017
As a long time Wilde enthusiast I loved this adaptation
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on 26 April 2017
A lovely version of this wonderful Oscar Wilde play.
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on 10 September 2016
Excellent in every way
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on 21 December 2016
Enjoyed every minute of this film, the dialogue -originally an Oscar Wilde play- is very buoyant and humorous, so never a dull moment.
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on 2 December 2013
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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