The Laughter and Plodding of the Film Adaption of Oscar Wilde’s "The Importance of Being Earnest"

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Whenever Jack Worthing (Firth) wants to leave his boring country life behind, he travels to London pretending to be his fictitious ‘brother’ Earnest. In the city he falls in love with the beautiful Gwendolen (O’Connor). There are two things standing in the way of their true love: first there is Gwendolen's Mother (Dench), a matriarchal woman whom all potential suitors must pass. Secondly, Gwendolen believes that she could only ever love a man named Earnest: which is the name by which she knows Jack. When Worthing is in town, however, his friend Algy (Everett) is in the country and falling for Worthing’s young ward, Cecily (Witherspoon) - while impersonating Jack’s younger brother Earnest. The main joy of any version of Oscar Wilde’s plays is the dialogue; and this film is no different. A...

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how jack worthing travels to london pretending to be his fictitious ‘brother’ earnest and falls in love with the beautiful gwendolen (o'connor).
  • Analyzes how oscar wilde's version of his plays is the dialogue, and this film is no different.
  • Explains that wilde doesn't pay much attention to characterization or plot development in his plays, and oliver parker's re-interprets much of the importance of being earnest.
  • Opines that the film does not keep hold of the light hearted tone of another recent wilde adaptation, an ideal husband, and comes across as occasionally slow and plodding.
  • Analyzes how rupert everett, colin firth, frances o'connor, reese witherspoon, and judi dench steal the show.
  • Opines that wilde's the importance of being earnest is the perfect film for anyone who wants something other than the special effects extravaganzas that currently swamp our screens.
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