The Happy Prince

The Happy Prince

The Happy Prince

Rupert Everett's directorial debut chronicles an ailing Oscar Wilde's last days while exiled in France. As Oscar lies on his death bed, the past comes flooding back to him, transporting him to other times and places. Everett stars alongside Colin Firth and Emily Watson.

2018Rating: M, Offensive language, nudity, drug use & sexual references105 minsGermany, Belgium, UK, ItalyEnglish, Italian and French with English subtitles
DramaTrue Story & BiographyHistoricalWorld Cinema

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The Happy Prince / Reviews

Flicks, Sarah Voon

Flicks, Sarah Voon

“The truth is rarely pure and never simple”—this quote from one of Victorian playwright Oscar Wilde’s famous comedies could perhaps be applied in a melancholic sense to this complex biopic examining Wilde’s final years post release from Reading Gaol for “gross indecencies with men” and after his exile to Europe. Writer, director, producer and playing Wilde himself, quadruple threat Rupert Everett is a tour de force in his sympathetic and compelling passion project, which studies Wilde’s peripatetic, often penniless existence after the very public shaming and consequent imprisonment of the witty, magnetic playwright and social fixture.

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Vulture

Vulture

The Happy Prince proves that a film can be both bleak and warm-spirited, as befits its mighty subject.

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Variety

Variety

As a final, permanent showcase for a role Everett was born to play, then, "The Happy Prince" does the job.

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Time Out

Time Out

As a director, Everett is sometimes heavy-handed, but the performances, and the undeniable injustice of Wilde's ordeal, make for a tragedy worthy of its drama-loving subject.

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The Times

The Times

It's a fearless, committed, and award-worthy turn, and emblematic of a first-time film-maker at his most expressive and most affecting.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

There are real virtues to its comparative lack of polish: this story gains a seamy power from the rough edges, the exploratory style, even the slightly unstable editing.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

This film is a deeply felt, tremendously acted tribute to courage.

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Stuff

Stuff

It's an interesting, more sober counterpoint to 1997's Stephen Fry starring Wilde, but Happy Prince feels like more of a slog than it should be.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

With The Happy Prince, Everett has revealed himself to be one to watch behind the camera, as well as in front of it.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

A poignant story that is almost eclipsed by the egoistic frolics of its creator.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

An absorbing but shapeless bio-drama that never gains much steam.

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