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2.8
52 Ratings

The Happy Prince

Directed by Rupert Everett
United Kingdom, Germany, 2018
Drama, History, LGBT+

Synopsis

The untold story of the last days in the tragic times of Oscar Wilde. A person who observes his own failure with ironic distance and regards the car crash of his life with detachment and humor.

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The Happy Prince Directed by Rupert Everett
Half the time you don’t know which 1970s TV comedian Everett’s going to look like next – sometimes like Frankie Howerd, sometimes Ken Dodd. But the comic grotesquerie only enhances the real sense of tragic fuck-it-all doom. There’s not much evidence Everett can really direct – way too much in-your-face shaky camera for my taste – yet he can roar with the roaring boys and almost by force of camp will he’s made the most startling British costume drama biopic I’ve seen in a while.
February 20, 2018
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It may lack a convincing narrative focus, but finds a firm anchor in Everett’s performance. Every scene draws its energy from its star, and all efforts (including cameo-sized appearances from Colin Firth, Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson) are in support of the film’s lead. The restless camera, fussy and frustrating at other times, becomes locked in his orbit, taking any opportunity to highlight the details in his craft in gratifying close-up.
February 19, 2018
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The result is a lush, dense dream narrative, anchored by a lead performance from Everett that is alternately vain, tender, boisterous, and melancholy.
January 24, 2018
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