The Happy Prince Reviews

  • Oct 18, 2019

    La importancia de llamarse Oscar Wilde [2018]

    La importancia de llamarse Oscar Wilde [2018]

  • Jul 21, 2019

    Magnificent, film. Heartrending & important. A masterpiece really.

    Magnificent, film. Heartrending & important. A masterpiece really.

  • Jun 26, 2019

    ...Oscar Wilde Was A Truly Great Wit...As such, there was artistically sublime subject matter to work with...Instead, Everettt chose to dwell on Wilde's homosexuality...

    ...Oscar Wilde Was A Truly Great Wit...As such, there was artistically sublime subject matter to work with...Instead, Everettt chose to dwell on Wilde's homosexuality...

  • Jun 15, 2019

    The last years of the great writer Oscar Wilde as his life falls apart after prison, very well acted and written with a wonderful performance by Rupert Everett.

    The last years of the great writer Oscar Wilde as his life falls apart after prison, very well acted and written with a wonderful performance by Rupert Everett.

  • May 11, 2019

    Something of a meandering biopic of the tragic, last few months of the life of Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince sees Rupert Everett take the lead role, writing and the directing credits. I can't help think he should maybe have stuck to one role as while his acting is good, there's little substance in the other roles. The history of Wilde means that this story was never going to be an upbeat, rousing story but I felt there was not enough exploration of his self-destructive love for Bosie or the devoted tenacity of both Constance and Robbie Ross to a man who seemed to treat them with such poor regard. Wilde's complexities and inconsistencies are just presented on screen to the viewer who is left to fill in the gaps without much to go on making him seem like an egotistical, tedious bore. It's a film about a tragic fall from grace that really needed to show more of the dizzy heights of Wilde's peak and a bit less of the shattering mess he ended.

    Something of a meandering biopic of the tragic, last few months of the life of Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince sees Rupert Everett take the lead role, writing and the directing credits. I can't help think he should maybe have stuck to one role as while his acting is good, there's little substance in the other roles. The history of Wilde means that this story was never going to be an upbeat, rousing story but I felt there was not enough exploration of his self-destructive love for Bosie or the devoted tenacity of both Constance and Robbie Ross to a man who seemed to treat them with such poor regard. Wilde's complexities and inconsistencies are just presented on screen to the viewer who is left to fill in the gaps without much to go on making him seem like an egotistical, tedious bore. It's a film about a tragic fall from grace that really needed to show more of the dizzy heights of Wilde's peak and a bit less of the shattering mess he ended.

  • Apr 22, 2019

    Rupert Everett gives a great performance in this good but a bit uneven portrayal of the last days of Oscar WIlde.

    Rupert Everett gives a great performance in this good but a bit uneven portrayal of the last days of Oscar WIlde.

  • Apr 08, 2019

    The Happy Prince is a 2018 biographical drama film about Oscar Wilde, written by, directed by, and starring Rupert Everett. The period settings and cinematography are absolutely superb, with some of the early scenes being picture-postcard-perfect. While the film does try very hard, and it mostly succeeds, there is probably note nough of a story here to warrant a full-length movie. The film fails to go too deep with some of its characters, and at times appears fragmented and difficult to follow. But still, it is an enjoyable movie, featuring some little gems. One of my favourite sequences involved the narration of Wilde's poem, 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol'. D & MC

    The Happy Prince is a 2018 biographical drama film about Oscar Wilde, written by, directed by, and starring Rupert Everett. The period settings and cinematography are absolutely superb, with some of the early scenes being picture-postcard-perfect. While the film does try very hard, and it mostly succeeds, there is probably note nough of a story here to warrant a full-length movie. The film fails to go too deep with some of its characters, and at times appears fragmented and difficult to follow. But still, it is an enjoyable movie, featuring some little gems. One of my favourite sequences involved the narration of Wilde's poem, 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol'. D & MC

  • Apr 06, 2019

    It has its faults but its a colossal achievement for Rupert Everett. Wilde was flawed but it was mainly the society which was the problem in its discriminatory against gay men. The problem continues today: just look at what’s happening in Brunei. Death by stoning for being gay?

    It has its faults but its a colossal achievement for Rupert Everett. Wilde was flawed but it was mainly the society which was the problem in its discriminatory against gay men. The problem continues today: just look at what’s happening in Brunei. Death by stoning for being gay?

  • Mar 29, 2019

    Just interesting enough to make it through.

    Just interesting enough to make it through.

  • Mar 01, 2019

    Oscar Wilde is worthy of a better movie than this was.

    Oscar Wilde is worthy of a better movie than this was.