Atom User Reviews for The Happy Prince
I was hoping this movie would come through for me, and it did. A very solid production.
I stumbled into this movie by chance, and was the only person in the theater. I had no idea what I was about to see, never really knew anything about Oscar Wilde except the name would be familiar as an author. Having said that it was a good story. I never really connected with the character he made so many poor life choices I just wanted to slap him. Broke all the time, why not write a damn book dude? 4 stars
It finally matters very little that The Happy Prince is haphazardly written and awkwardly directed because Everett is an intelligent man who has a deep imaginative connection to Wilde and his wit and his cruising and his whole worldview.
Wilde’s mighty struggle with himself, with his heavenly talent and earthly lusts, and the meaning of it all resonates so strongly with the direction and performance that The Happy Prince is easily elevated past period Victoriana (and that wallpaper) to move and engage in equal parts.
Despite Everett's command in the central performance and a script liberally sprinkled with amusing bons mots, The Happy Prince generates only faltering dramatic momentum and a shortage of pathos.