Showing even more cheek than he did in reinterpreting Shakespeare's "Othello"as an erotic thriller in 1995, screenwriter-director Oliver Parker's second feature film is an audaciouslyre-written -- and in some ways improved -- version of "An Ideal Husband,"Oscar Wilde's drawing room comedy of politics, marriage and blackmail.
A view askew English Lit redeaux that will likely gallpurist, enchant those who don't know the difference, and at least amuseeveryone in between, Parker's perfectly-cast "Ideal Husband"may not be pure Wilde -- the director adds his own subplots and createswhole scenes from events only implied in the play -- but it preserves what'simportant: The playwright's unmistakable insight and always delightfulwit.
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The film is expected to continue without Mendes' involvement.