Combustible Celluloid
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With: Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave, Jennifer Ehle, Gemma Jones, Judy Parfitt, Michael Sheen, Zoe Wanamaker, Tom Wilkinson, Ioan Gruffudd, Matthew Mills, Jason Morell, Peter Barkworth, Robert Lang, Orlando Bloom
Written by: Julian Mitchell, based on the book by Richard Ellmann
Directed by: Brian Gilbert
MPAA Rating: R for strong sexuality and language
Running Time: 118
Date: 09/01/1997

Wilde (1998)

1 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

The Picture of Disarray

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Directed by Brian Gilbert, Wilde is the story of the brilliant and witty playwright and his sexual obsessions. Stephen Fry is extraordinary as Oscar Wilde, but the movie lacks balance and finesse and comes across as a TV movie of the week. Jude Law as Wilde's lover Bosie is intolerable (which is really the fault of the screenplay), and we want less of him and more of Wilde. Vanessa Redgrave and others just as good are wasted in small roles. In the end, it's all just disturbing and lifeless.

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