The Happy Prince (2018)

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Critic Consensus: A passion project for writer, director, and star Rupert Everett, The Happy Prince pays effective tribute to Oscar Wilde with a poignant look at his tragic final days.

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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.

Cast

Rupert Everett
as Oscar Wilde
Colin Firth
as Reggie Turner
Colin Morgan
as Alfred Bosie Douglas
Emily Watson
as Constance Wilde
Tom Wilkinson
as Fr Dunne
Anna Chancellor
as Mrs. Arbuthnott
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Critic Reviews for The Happy Prince

All Critics (78) | Top Critics (18)

It's a passion project that never devolves into mere passion; a sober (if loving) look at an inebriated soul.

Oct 19, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

[Everett] delivers a towering and persuasive performance in a mostly sombre and sorrowful film and, as director, does a fine job of capturing the period detail.

Oct 18, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

"The Happy Prince" is a genuine passion project, a creative act existing completely in its own space and on its own terms.

Oct 18, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

"The Happy Prince" conveys the declining Wilde's pain, despair and self-pity, but also the writer's defiant banter.

Oct 15, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Director-actor Rupert Everett tackles Oscar Wilde in his later years, and proves this was the role he was born to play. Get ready to marvel at an award-caliber performance.

Oct 12, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

What [Everett] brings to the table--as a director, writer, and actor --is his intuitive 'take' on Oscar Wilde and the performance alone makes this riveting and revelatory viewing.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Happy Prince

Everett directs his debut feature with such a heavy hand, using a lot of expository dialogue and coming up with artificial scenes that make it seem like a lame soap opera. Besides, his Oscar Wilde is almost a caricature and his intentions get completely lost in their transition to the screen.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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