THE HAPPY PRINCE
UK | Belgium | Italy | Germany
Directed by Rupert Everett
In English, and in Italian and French with English subtitles
Rated PG: nudity; coarse language; violence; drug use
Disgraced and living through his own exile angst riddled reality in Naples and Paris, Oscar Wilde has just been released from prison after a conviction for “gross indecency”. Left to contemplate what got him there, Wilde careens through his days grasping and scrabbling for agency and acceptance. This is the untold story of the last days of Oscar Wilde, a character carved out of real life who observes his own failure with ironic distance and regards the difficulties that beset his life with detachment and even humour.
The Happy Prince proves that a film can be both bleak and warm-spirited, as befits its mighty subject.
New York Magazine (Vulture) – David Edelstein https://www.vulture.com/2018/01/the-happy-prince-review.html
Much like Wilde himself, this film has balls and speaks the revered, yet flawed artist’s truth. Rupert Everett looks at home in this role and breathes new life into Wilde. The Happy Prince proves that Rupert Everett was born to tell the tumultuous story of a kindred spirit. Oscar Wilde would be proud.
Film Threat – Tiffany Tchobanian http://filmthreat.com/reviews/the-happy-prince/
The Happy Prince, which took a reported 10 years to get in front of the cameras, is Everett’s passion project — and it shows. It’s a film of decided care and forethought.
Los Angeles Times – Gary Goldstein https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-happy-prince-review-20181009-story.html
This film is a deeply felt, tremendously acted tribute to courage.
The Guardian – Peter Bradshaw. https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/jan/22/the-happy-prince-film-review-rupert-everett-oscar-wilde