In Victorian London, the handsome Dorian Gray (Ben Barnes) is swept into a social whirlwind by the charismatic and cunning Lord Wotton (Colin Firth). Immersed in the hedonistic pleasures of the city, Dorian vows he would give anything to keep his youth and beauty – even his soul. Based on the Oscar Wilde novel, Dorian Gray examines the destructive power of beauty, the blind pursuit of pleasure and the darkness that can result from both. —tiff.net
Oliver Parker (born 6 September 1960) is an English film director. Parker was born in London, the son of Lady Gillian, a writer and GP (medical practitioner), and Sir Peter Parker, formerly Chief executive of British Rail. His brother is actor Nathaniel Parker. —Wikipedia
Thank god Oscar Wilde cannot watch this. He might have wailed with me. Awful remake ever.
Parker's adaptation of the classic Oscar Wilde novel gets lost in debauchery and lack of vision. Perched somewhere between hammer horror, Peter Greenawayesque debauchery and historical tome yet failing at each. Barnes miscast here; sure he's pretty but lacks the seductiveness and irresistability needed to pull it off. Rest of cast wasted. Choice to bring animation and sound to portrait a ludicrous one. A miss.
For all of this films lushness and rich visuals. The film seems to lack a vividness I had come to expect with a story like this. It goes to dark luscious places, but more or less suggests it while… read review
Walau hanya memiliki satu karya novel yang pernah diterbitkan ke publik umum, namun karya Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, mungkin merupakan salah satu karya yang cukup banyak berpengaruh di… read review
Dumbed down doesn’t even come close (I half expected the credits sequence to say “based on the game…”!). Ben Barnes is indeed a pretty thing and Wilde would have approved on an aesthetic level at least… read review