- 18 Jun 18
Rupert Everett excels in flawed-but-ambitious Oscar Wilde biopic
Rupert Everett was always going to play Oscar Wilde, just like Stephen Fry was always going to play Oscar Wilde. Everett has long expressed admiration for Wilde's satirical wit, and has starred in adaptations of The Importance Of Being Ernest and An Ideal Husband.
No wonder, then, that he can convey Wilde's ego, joy, humiliation and bitterness, in scenes where wealthy men who rapturously applauded at the opening night of The Importance Of Being Ernest now threaten his life.
The Happy Prince has a non-chronological structure, jumping between Wilde's era of social and professional triumphs, the infamous trial where he was charged for engaging in homosexual acts, and the painful three years before his death from meningitis in 1900. The idiosyncratic timeline isn't the only directorial flourish.