Wednesday, December 3, 2008

An Ideal Husband

Oliver Parker, 1995 (8.1*)
If you've never seen Oscar Wilde, this is a good place to start, with a romantic comedy with enough drama and intrigue to maintain tension and plot. Jeremy Northam is an upstanding member of Parliament, happily married to Cate Blanchett, but who is being blackmailed for a political vote by Julianne Moore. Best friend Rupert Everett attempts to help hold it all together, and along the way the plot twists and turns in typical Wilde style. Minnie Driver is dazzling (terrific costumes and hats) as romantic interest, and the production beautifully captures the aristocratic lifestyle of the era. A sophisticated comedy of the type the British seem to excel in creating.


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