The Less Desirables Movie of the Week was The Importance of Being Earnest starring Colin Firth and Rupert Everett. It is based on the play The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People by Oscar Wilde and is directed by Oliver Parker.
IMDb gives the description as: “In 1890s London, two friends use the same pseudonym (“Ernest”) for their on-the-sly activities. Hilarity ensues.” There is really not a lot to elaborate on that description. The bottom line is that it’s true; it’s a funny period-piece to captures the ironic humor that Wilde is famous for.
Firth plays a man of means with an empty hole for a past and Everett plays a man with prominent genes but questionable character. They both end up in weird situations with people who know them as “Ernest” and the ever-funny back-and-forth switcheroo is on. Truly if I tell you any more, then I’m giving away the story and I don’t like to do TLDFD (Full Disclosure), so I won’t.
I will say that I watched the film on Netflix and I enjoyed it a lot. Kept my attention and the story was solid. Which, it’s not an adaptation so much as a interpretation, so the story is tried and true, so of course it’s solid. It also stars Dame Judi Dench and Reese Witherspoon so the acting, along with Firth and Everett is top-notch. I rate it 4 Stars. Give it a watch and let me know what you think.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.” – Miss Prism (Anna Massey), The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)