Play/Film Comparative Essay
Oliver Parker’s (2002) film adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s play ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ is sadly completely consumed by the romantic comedy style, masking Wilde’s key concerns and detracting from important comic elements of the play. This can be observed through the varying representations of characters, the film’s lack of contextual jokes, the more prominent sub-plot between Dr Chasuble and Miss Prism, the addition of music and the way in which dialogue, while remaining true to the play, has lost meaning in the film.
In the play, Wilde achieves most of his humour through the wonderfully satiric characters, however in the film Parker represents them as being far more …show more content…
The addition of music is a necessary for film, however, the style of music Parker has chosen creates an absurd, spontaneous atmosphere which, while suiting a romantic comedy, hinders Wilde’s more witty humour. From the opening sequence the music sets the pace and atmosphere (with its bouncy, staccato, piano chord progression) of a light hearted, ridiculous natured film. While the play is generally light