The Happy Prince

Synopsis

The last days of Oscar Wilde – and the ghosts that haunted them – are vividly evoked in Rupert Everett’s directorial debut. Everett gives a career defining performance as Wilde, physically and emotionally embodying the literary genius as he lives out his last days in exile in Europe. His body ailing and heavy, his mind spinning, he survives by falling back on the flamboyant irony and brilliant wit that defined him. As the film travels through Wilde’s final act and journeys through England, France and Italy, desire and loyalty face off, the transience of lust is laid bare, and the true riches of love are revealed.

Critics Views

“In The Happy Prince Everett not only steps into the shoes of the Victorian writer and raconteur but makes his writing and directing debut. The result is a mixed bag, as while Everett the actor masterfully evokes the mournful mix of decadence and decay of the last years of Wilde, Everett the filmmaker is, like so many before him, too much in love with the brilliant old rogue for his own good.”  Eye for Film

“This poignant dramatisation of Wilde’s final years in exile is a powerful parable of passion and redemption.”  The Guardian

“Who knew that Rupert Everett had it in him? The 58-year-old actor and writer, who made a big splash in the 1980s with Another Country and Dance with a Stranger, and has seemingly teetered on the brink of oblivion ever since (ill-advised pop career, gossipy memoirs, public meltdown on Celebrity Apprentice), has produced an 11th-hour masterpiece in The Happy Prince.”  The Times

Film Rating

IMDb
 Critics: 67%  Audience 67%

Rotten Tomatoes
All Critics positive review 74%  All Critics average score 68%  Audience want to see 97%

 Stockbridge Audience Score: 74%

No. of responses:-
Excellent 33
Good 64
Average 25
Poor 6
Very Poor 1

Date: Wednesday 24 October 2018

Time: 4.30pm and 7.30pm

Length:  1hr 43mins

Genre: Drama, Biography

Director: Rupert Everett

Writer: Rupert Everett

Starring: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Emily Watson

Rating: 15
Very strong language, strong nudity, drug misuse

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