Comparing The Importance of Being Earnest Films from 1952 and 2002
This essay is comparing the 1952 film and the 2002 film, ‘TheImportance of being Earnest’. This was first a play written in 1895,by Oscar Wilde. This essay is going to express and show thedifferences and similarities between the two films, using the playscript as a reference.
‘The Importance of being Earnest’ is about two handsome men, who gobunburying. Bunburying is when people make things up, for theirconvenience, and to get out and not be questioned. Jack and Algy dothis to be with the girls they love, the even lie about their names.Earnest means to be truthful, to show your true feelings, and thinkabout the future actions, to be serious, this is why it is importantto be Earnest. But this is reverse psychology, as no one is serious inthe films.
The film ‘The Importance of being Earnest’ is a comedy or romance. Thefilm catches yours interest, with a good first scene. Also when Jackand Algy pretend to be different people ‘Bunburying’, and it is hardto keep up, this is very funny and you want to find out what willhappen. The second film starts with Algy being chased, making him seemmysterious, and so you want to watch and find out why.
The films vary from the play, although some bits have been added in,and taken out, to make the film shorter. In the 2002 film a lot morenew scenes have been added in. In the latest film, in 2002, AuntAugusta checks ‘Jacks’ name, and once again ‘Jack is not very Earnest.The first film was a bit disappointing, due to the fact it missed outa funny line, and said it very slowly; When Lady Bracknell is talking…
…ch as; the scene on the balcony, when Jack and Algy pretendedto like each other, to cecily and the others. After strangling eachother. There are also some close ups, but not as many as in the firstfilm. The first film is very stationary, but obviously being filmed inside, there was not as much space for longer shots.
In conclusion, I feel that each film was good in different ways. Ipersonally preferred the 2002 film, as it was ‘up-to-date’ and I couldunderstand more of it, and I found it rather funny. But I also likethe first film, as Edith Evans (Lady Bracknell) was very funny, andthe film had some hilarious scenes in. I think both films are worthwatching and the older version is more for adults, whereas the youngerfilm is more for teenagers or young adults. I would class both films,as a ‘film to watch’.