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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dull dull dullBy a customer , 28 Sep 2011couldn't hold my interest, just dull and disapointing really. I wouldn't even bother to be honest, I am very interested in the story of Dorian Gray and have been left unsatisfied
Classic, Old Style Storytelling.By BMidland (141 reviews) from Walsall , 27 Aug 2011I was not expecting very much from this handsome adaptation of the classic novel, but not being aware that it was directed by Oliver Parker, it was a nice surprise.
The acting is uniformely superb, especially from Prince Caspians Ben Barnes as Dorian Gray.
It was more adult than I had initially anticipated and featuring some uncomfortable scenes.
Colin Firth gives a delicious, conniving performance as Henry Wotten who become Dorians friend, and puppet master.
The female roles are well fleshed out and the air of menace as the film goes on is well balanced.
It was nice to watch a film, not so reliant on big effects and allowing the story and acting to take centre stage.
Don't watch with your parentsBy Puellacompacta (4 reviews) from Blandford Forum , 22 Aug 2011I was really looking forward to seeing this but was disappointed. It was well acted and well told but the level of brutality in it and excessive sexual content detracted from the story.
Didn't live up to expectationsBy marielovefilms (7 reviews) , 17 Aug 2011This film wasn't really worth watching, but least I can say I have watched it now. It didn;t really build up to anything amazing and I think the most exciting part was probably what you see in the trailer!
Not badBy Ev2 (2 reviews) , 09 Aug 2011I was expecting something a bit different but at the end of the day I still liked it and would watch it again.