Dorian Gray details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Ben Barnes, Colin Firth, Caroline Goodall, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Emilia Fox, Rebecca Hall, Ben Chaplin, Fiona Shaw, Maryam d'Abo, Douglas Henshall|
|Genres:||Drama, Horror, Thriller|
|Collections:||Multi-coloured Movie Collection, Top 400 All-Time Rentals, Top Horror|
|Run time:||1 hour 52 minutes|
|Rental release:||18 Jan 2010|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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I'm not Wilde about DorianBy a customer from London , 09 Sep 2009
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[Highly rated reviewer]Dorian Gray, the novel, is as detailed an examination of the questions of 'sin' and 'innocence' as you'll find among the vast pile of Victorian tomes that wrestled with the issue. In it Oscar Wilde asked what a man might do if he had no need to fear the consequences of his actions and discovered a terrible answer. It is a genuinely chilling tale, all the more so because of the carefully nuanced way in which Wilde charts Dorian's decline, lingering long over his first step beyond the pale - the betrayal of the young actress Sibyl Vane - to ensure the reader understands the gravity of what he has done. Dorian's transformation is gradual but inevitable, as he is slowly seduced by his untouchable beauty and the power it gives him over others.
That's the novel. The film in contrast seems to have been put together by the same team responsible for the 'Confessions of' series. The audience I watched it with spent much of their time laughing as writer and director found excuses to slip in more and more scenes of naked-breasted 'tarts' frolicking with the eponymous anti-hero in brothels whose gilded sets look to have been nicked from Baz Luhrman's 'Moulin Rouge'. From the crass way the film opens with a scene of murder, through the even crasser equation of Wilde's portrayal of 'spiritual fall' with 'kinky' sex of the kind Madonna used to try to titillate the press with in the 80s, up to the just plain dumb use of the CGIed-up portrait itself, this film manages to throw away the heart of a good novel and replace it with a bit of dim horror-lite for the teen-to-20s market. To quote the book itself, 'It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But ... it is better to be good than to be ugly'. Sadly, this film is neither beautiful, nor good.
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so so filmBy cheesekake (1498 reviews) from uk , 22 Jan 2012colin firth was brilliant in this film, but the rest of the film I found lacking.
If you like lots of nakedness and victorian sex, you'll love this film but I'm not so didn't
not as good as the bookBy a customer , 10 Jan 2012Not as good as the book - of course.
However, Colin Firth - acting fantastic as usual - really gives you the feel so a dark and sadistic character.
Ben Barnes was good too - just a shame they couldnt revolve around the book a bit more and made it so crude - this wasnt how it was in the book - u were always guessing why Dorians picutre was being ruined so terribly it was not as graphic as the film - but i suppose that is what happens with adaptations!
Definitely worth a watch but doesn't really do Wilde's fantastic story justice.By HayleyMeloy (8 reviews) from Liverpool, England , 08 Jan 2012I enjoyed this film more than I expected to. Of course, the story is a classic so that was a good start!
A stronger actor in the role of Dorian could have taken this to a greater height, Ben Barnes is pretty but rather bland. Colin Firth was great and I enjoyed seeing him play bad for a change! It did feel like some sections were overly rushed (for example the beginning of the story sees the key characters introduced, the painting done and Dorian's pact made a little to swiftly for my liking) while other less important sections were dragged out (yes, he slept around...we get it!). Perhaps more focus on the plot and less on titillation (I'm no prude, but it was overkill) would have strengthened the film.
It was definitely a film worth making, but it could have been done better. Still, I mostly enjoyed it and it held my attention throughout.
A ColdfishBy Iggi_1 (143 reviews) , 07 Jan 2012Not the most engaging film, Firth is good but that is about it for me.
The central character is one dimensional and lacks depth, maybe he is supposed to be an unemotional coldfish, whatever, he did not do it for me.
Worth a watch, but, it will not blow you away: Maybe Guillermo del Toro should have directed instead.
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Soul destroyingly badBy Bambob (4 reviews) , 29 Dec 2011Sadly disappointed, loved the book and hoped to say the same for the film.I preserved hoping that it would deliver but unfortunately it didn't. Watching this film destroyed my soul more than that of Mr Gray. I could almost feel the life being sucked from me.