June 19, 2012
Retro Review: An Ideal Husband
With a sense of grace and beauty, Hollywood seems to be flirting once more with the magical world of Victorian England.
Rupert Everett stars as Arthur Goring, a pompous womanizing gentleman who has never ever taken life seriously until he is faced with having to save his best friend’s political career.
The film also stars Julianne Moore, Minnie Driver, Jeremy Northam and Cate Blanchett,
Based on the Oscar Wilde play, “An Ideal Husband” is delightful and witty as if its stars were acting in the Golden Age of Cinema.
Star Rupert Everett’s poise and grace is charming as he delivers Arthur’s sarcasm with unique comedic timing.
Moore is delicious as the devilish seductress Mrs. Cheveley. “The Net’s” Jeremy Northam plays the best friend of Arthur who seems to be trapped by a past occurrence.
However it’s Oscar nominated Cate Blanchett who seems to be a little lost as she takes on quite a plain role, as Sir Robert’s wife.
But through these performances we find ourselves captivated in a comedy that is bewildering and completely pompous. Everett’s Arthur is the gem of the movie.
Even after a 100 years after its birth Arthur Goring’s adventure is still timeless after all this time.
(4 out of 5)
So Says the Soothsayer.