It’s a silly movie; it’s not really about anything. The circular plot is vaguely ridiculous.
But Wilde’s one-liners plus excellent casting save the 2002 adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest, despite the nonsensical and completely over-the-top fantasy scenes.
Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Rupert Everett, and Frances O’Connor hold their own in their leading roles (and Everett especially seems born to star in a Wilde play).
Purists may hate what Oliver Parker did to Wilde’s classic, but it’s still plenty of fun for fans of (zany) period dramas, as well for Witherspoon and Firth’s raving fans.
If you like The Importance of Being Earnest, make sure you check out Parker’s 1999 Wilde adaptation An Ideal Husband. Different story, similar feel, all-star cast, tons of fun–if you’re into that kind of thing. I am.
Have you seen The Importance of Being Earnest? Love it or hate it? (And if you’re a raving fan of Colin Firth, feel free to admit it in comments.)
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