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Everett tips the movie over into ridiculousness when he starts making barely veiled allusions to Wilde as a Christ-like figure. I don't know if it's hilarious or unnerving to think that Everett must think of himself that way too.
Wilde was wildly self-indulgent, so that's somewhat forgivable, but it's a take on his life so resolutely focused on wallowing in that one specific character trait that the film built around him never creates any lasting sparks.
Wilde's painful decline is drenched in romantic idealism - in a fictional touch, he becomes a father figure to adorable French orphans - and worsened by Everett's reluctance to rein in the sprawl of characters and dialogue.
Everett's familiarity with Wilde's work means that he gets the lyrical patter just right and his connection to the character feels genuine. A shame, then, that the film's formal qualities are so distracting.