The Happy Prince is 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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As predicted, Everett and his under-trained theatre-style mimicked affections are grossly miscast in a film meant to humanise Wilde yet ends up turning him into more of an (unsympathetic) caricature than he already, unfairly, is, to some extent. Though an almost clever non-linear narrative and the occasional magic by cinematographer John Conroy pick up some sad pieces, the film is an ugly mess Oscar would have hated.