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|
|Main languages:||English, English Audio Description|
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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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Colin Firth was the best thing in this filmBy SuzLouD (42 reviews) , 22 Dec 2011Watched this but kept thinking that more would happen soon and it would get more exciting soon, but unfortunately it never did. Don't think I would bother watching it again. Colin Firth was good, but he always is!
Beautiful Ben!By a customer , 18 Dec 2011Absolutely wonderful! Ben Barnes is amazing in the lead role in this film; perfect for the part of Dorian! Excellent!
ok filmBy a customer , 22 Nov 2011have wanted to c this film 4 a long time, it was good but was a little disappointed, wasn't as good as i thought it would be :(
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Funnier than it should be...By UlsterMike (12 reviews) , 22 Nov 2011This is a terrible film. I was bored to tears and only watched the end of it (which was laughable) because I was too lazy to get off the sofa to put the TV back on. Colin Firth must have been behind with his mortgage payments to have accepted this script.
Great film!By MissBarr (1 review) from Eastleigh , 14 Nov 2011A great film with more truth in the story than many would care to think or believe. Extremely thought provoking and well worth watching in order to understand the darker side of worldly lust's and pleasures. Colin Firth played a great part right up until the end; as usual...