Dorian Gray (2009)
"Dorian Gray"'s story is adequate at best and a disappointment for anyone who read the book, but for anyone who hasn't read Wilde's classic, will be thrilled! There are enough sexual escapades, both male and female, and exhilarating scenes to keep them enthralled through the film. Barnes displays promising talent as a star in the making but the weakness of the script is the downfall to this classic. Barnes' porcelain face and innocent demeanour captures the malevolence and pleasure that is Gray. Oliver Parker applies the talents of Colin Firth again and as result Firth dazzles in his performance as Wotten; a cynical womaniser who is responsible for Gray's adoption of a wicked lifestyle. He implores the depths and characterises of a human to the very core of peer pressure and introduces Gray to a lifestyle he couldn't have dreamt up in his stable days. Visually, "Dorian Gray" is stunning! You'll be dazzled by a myriad of immaculate cinematography showcasing the artificial mess that was 19th Century London The editing and framework is pretty good, and in some places atmospheric and quite artistic. Also, there are some nice uses of sound, constantly building anticipation toward a final glimpse of the decaying picture of Dorian Gray. Parker's take on the story is dark and surreal, placing slightly more emphasis on the real than imagined. "Dorian Gray" is entertaining and effective!
- My Rating: 6.75/10
- Rotten Tomatoes: 47% (5.1/10)
- IMDb: 6.6/10