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Excellent movie! Wilde's universe and most of all Wilde's incredible persona are wonderfully brought back up. Stephen Fry is astonishing. Jude Law also is perfect. Looks like both were born for these roles. Two thumbs up!
A very under-rated, stylish film with a brilliant central performance - it seems to me audiences have long assumed that just because Stephen Fry made his name in comedy and is now best known as a television presenter and "national treasure" he's not really an actor. This film stands as a testament to how wrong that assumption is. He gives a nuanced, sympathetic and very moving portrayal of Oscar Wilde from his first contact with literary fame and forbidden homosexuality to his eventual downfall at the hands of the lawmakers of the late nineteenth century. The scenes of his trial and heartfelt but hopeless defence of "the love that dare not speak its name" is extremely moving. Fry is supported by a fantastic cast - Jude Law is suitably pretty and odious as Bosie, Tom Wilkinson equally unpleasant and more than a bit scary as his bigoted father, and Jennifer Ehle and Michael Sheen both give brilliant, understated performances as Wilde's long suffering wife Constance and best friend and former lover Robbie Ross respectively. It's also fun to see Ioan Gruffudd as John Gray (the inspiration for Dorian) and Orlando Bloom making his screen debut as a rent boy.
It's probably worth mentioning I watched this film on the day that the British government finally passed a bill through parliament to allow same-sex marriages. It has taken over a hundred years since Wilde was prosecuted and forced into two years imprisonment and hard labour for simply following his nature; we are lucky to be living in more enlightened times.
Stephen Fry is completely under credited as an actor. One of the best performances I've ever seen and made so much more profound in the knowledge Oscar Wilde is his hero. Brilliant film.
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