Genre Guesstimation – The Importance of Being Earnest (1952)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Virginie of The Wonderful World of Cinema and we will be reviewing our favorite Movies Based on Plays.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of July by sending them to theatricalvirginie@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Virginie!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Movies Based on Plays.

“Thirty-five is an attractive age. London is full of women of the highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years.” – Lady Bracknell

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Jul 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Two friends create fake personalities in order to win the hearts of the women they love.

My Take on it – I decided that in order to make my guest choices of the Genre for the Genre Grandeur series more personal (and expand my own personal horizons of these genres), I will take a recommendation from my guest for a film to watch for this Genre Guesstimation series.

This movie was Virginie’s choice for me to watch.

I had heard of this Oscar Wilde play before, yet knew nothing about and obviously had never seen any version of it.

The overall premise is quite interesting and works for what it is trying to accomplish.

The characters aren’t developed well enough tho and the plot is built up in a way  that seems as if Wilde was just trying to create a comedy of errors that would possibly be worthy of being compared to a Shakespearean comedy.

The cast of this film is quite good and both Michael Redgrave and Michael Denison are perfectly cast in their respective roles.

Both of them are superb at delivering the rapid-fire dialogue in such a fun way.

The story is paced quite well and the story moves along in a way that keeps us on our toes the entire time because there are so many intriguing surprises along the way.

This is a fun story that works quite well even if it probably worked much better when it was originally written than it does more than a century later.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that probably worked much better when it was originally written by Wilde than it does now. The characters aren’t developed very well and the whole plot is set up in a way to cause of comedy of errors that will ultimately make this feel like a Shakespearean comedy. The cast is quite good and both Redgrave and Denison are able to deliver the rapid-fire dialogue really well. The pacing of the story is done quite well and we are always kept on our toes even when the comedy of errors begins. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The director, Anthony Asquith, was the son of H.H. Asquith who, as Home Secretary, brought the charges of immorality which led to Wilde’s imprisonment. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Once again, comes close, but despite the story being good, it’s far from perfect and seems a bit dated.

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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One thought on “Genre Guesstimation – The Importance of Being Earnest (1952)

  1. Pingback: Genre Grandeur July Finale – Blithe Spirit (1945) – The Wonderful World of Cinema | MovieRob

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