Thursday, February 02, 2006

Wilde passing mentions

But still worth a read, especially with the severe drought of news. Most reviewers are in agreement that Jennifer Ehle was wonderful in Wilde, but terribly underused.

I can't imagine anyone other than Jennifer Ehle playing Constance with the same strength and compassion as she does. There's a real
understanding of her character here and she's given a very essential, very well written role

San Francisco Chronicle
He marries a woman who does little but smile and have babies (Jennifer Ehle). But hers is such a winning smile that the viewer can understand his guilt at stepping out on her with men. He gets lucky with his first partner, Robbie Ross (Michael Sheen), a young Canadian who would become a loyal friend

Steve Rhodes
With a loyal and affectionate wife named Constance, played sweetly by Jennifer Ehle, he fathers children whom he adores. He is delighted, however, to learn of his desires for relationships, both emotionally and sexually, with men, especially young men. ("I feel like a city that's been under siege for twenty years, and suddenly the gates are thrown open.")

Apollo Guide
The acting is excellent. In his walk on the Wilde side, Stephen Frye gives a graceful performance. Equally adept thespians, such as the sadly underused Jennifer Ehle as his tortured and aptly named wife Constance, and the still-radiant Vanessa Redgrave surround Frye

EFilm Critic
On the other side of the sexual coin is Wilde's wife, played here by the beautiful Jennifer Ehle, who took all the insults, innuendo and abuse and stuck by Wilde regardless. Hers, along with Wilde himself, is one of the few three dimensional characters in this film, which gets lost in the same dreary petty details of Wilde's homosexual past that the moralists themselves got stuck on back in the day

Nicks Flick Picks
In that kind of framework, the power of performances counts for very little, since the script does not allow for any genuine connection with the audience regardless of what a particular actor may exert in his performance. Thus, Stephen Fry's visually perfect Wilde, Michael Sheen's compassionate friend, and Jennifer Ehle's beaming but neglected Constance Wilde (the author's wife) are all stranded with much talent to offer but nowhere to take it.

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