The Importance of Being Earnest
- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2002 1 Jan
from Film Forum, 05/30/02
For moviegoers who prefer something classical, Oscar Wilde's
However, many critics in both the religious and mainstream press find something lacking in this particular version. The USCCB's critic writes, "The importance of being honest requires advising that
But Eric and Lisa Rice (
Mary Draughon (Preview) does not comment on how this version of the play compares to others. Rather, she gives
Some critics praise it but worry that today's average moviegoer is not educated enough or sophisticated enough to appreciate its subtle achievements. Roger Ebert says, "I yearn for a world in which every drawing room is a stage, and we but players on it. But does anyone these days know what a drawing room is? How can people recognize wit who begin with only a half-measure of it?"
MaryAnn Johanson (Flick Filosopher) says, "It's a sorry commentary on the state of contemporary film that the script for the best-written movie so far this year is more than a century old. It's arrant nonsense, of course, but even this hundred-year-old nonsense is fresher, sillier, more vibrant, more delicious than anything of recent vintage. The point is merely to laugh—a lot—and leave the theater walking on air and feeling that surely silliness will never reach so splendid an apex again."