A Man of No Importance Reviews

  • Jan 06, 2021

    It's the early 60s in Dublin and a middle-aged bus conductor sublimates his unfulfilled homosexual leanings into directing an amateur production of Oscar Wilde's Salome. A good cast, led by a twinkly Albert Finney, is unfortunately encouraged to wildly overdo the Oirish blarney: only David Kelly and Brenda Fricker (and to an extent Michael Gambon) are the real deal among the principal cast, and the thin script is further diluted by soupy music and rather clunky direction.

    It's the early 60s in Dublin and a middle-aged bus conductor sublimates his unfulfilled homosexual leanings into directing an amateur production of Oscar Wilde's Salome. A good cast, led by a twinkly Albert Finney, is unfortunately encouraged to wildly overdo the Oirish blarney: only David Kelly and Brenda Fricker (and to an extent Michael Gambon) are the real deal among the principal cast, and the thin script is further diluted by soupy music and rather clunky direction.

  • Mar 05, 2018

    Such a sweet flick about a older man who takes delight in the works of Oscar Wilde, and shares his proclivities, but has never indulged in them. Instead he puts all of his energies and enthusiasm into trying to put on Wilde's plays and befriending all of the people who ride his bus--reading them the poetry of his favorite artist. When he shocks the conservative community with his latest attempt at the staging of Salome, secrets comes out that create tempest that marks a turning point in Alfie's life. A great cast in a film that uses gentle humor when dealing with its subject and Finney shows again what a consummate and charming actor he is.

    Such a sweet flick about a older man who takes delight in the works of Oscar Wilde, and shares his proclivities, but has never indulged in them. Instead he puts all of his energies and enthusiasm into trying to put on Wilde's plays and befriending all of the people who ride his bus--reading them the poetry of his favorite artist. When he shocks the conservative community with his latest attempt at the staging of Salome, secrets comes out that create tempest that marks a turning point in Alfie's life. A great cast in a film that uses gentle humor when dealing with its subject and Finney shows again what a consummate and charming actor he is.

  • Apr 07, 2015

    brilliant performances

    brilliant performances

  • Jun 03, 2010

    Extremely banal, but Rufus Sewell is beautiful.

    Extremely banal, but Rufus Sewell is beautiful.

  • May 30, 2009

    brilliant stuff. i never really appreciated this film on previous views but guess i have reached an age where works such as this become more enjoyable. Finney is truly wonderful. rufus sewell also stars along with the other cast members mentioned here. good film, Shalom.

    brilliant stuff. i never really appreciated this film on previous views but guess i have reached an age where works such as this become more enjoyable. Finney is truly wonderful. rufus sewell also stars along with the other cast members mentioned here. good film, Shalom.

  • May 01, 2008

    A controlled performance by Finney, but you wouldn't expect anything liess from him.

    A controlled performance by Finney, but you wouldn't expect anything liess from him.