Films

Dorian Gray (2009)

★★★☆☆

Director: Oliver Parker
Stars: Ben Barnes, Colin Firth, Rebecca Hall

Dorian Gray is Olivia Parker’s film adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. Before watching, I brushed into some reviews in the internet, most of which stated discontentment with the film.

The film is about the young and naïve Dorian Gray (Ben Barnes) who returns to his old house in Victorian London. He captures the attention of the painter Basil Hallward (Ben Chaplin) who created a masterpiece out of Dorian. Lord Henry Wotton eventually corrupts the handsome young man by introducing him to various vices. Dorian pledged to give anything, even his soul to retain his youthful beauty. He fell in love with theater actress Sibyl Vane and proposes marriage but Dorian decides to leave her and she committted suicide. The portrait changed everytime Dorian commits sins whilst his physique remains unchanged. Basil discovers Dorian’s secret and he killed him. Dorian devoted himself in all of life’s pleasures. He went on a trip for years and came back to London unaged. Jim, Sybil’s brother still seeking revenge for the death of her sister went after him but he was killed on a subway during a chase. Seemingly tired of the life he lives, Dorian seeks change. Henry whose daughter, Emily, falls for Dorian finds the painting and set it on fire. Dorian could’ve escape with Emily’s help but he decides to destroy the painting and himself.

Dorian Gray is worth watching because there is a Ben Barnes sex scene every five minutes. Hahaha! Not kidding though. I think 1/4 of the movie was dedicated into sex scenes, 1/2 on how the rich people party and the other quarter into the intellectual masturbation of Lord Wotton with the other characters. Thanks to this movie I discovered much about how people back then lived. It actually opened my eyes into the dark side of the old ages.  I promise to about Victorian Era to check the accuracy of this matter. Damn, what was I doing when these things were taught in Elementary history?

I’m not sure if it’s the Victorian picture but the cinematography is aesthetically good, very pleasing to the eyes. I haven’t read the book but after reading some summary plot in the internet, I understand why people were discontented. There were lots of alterations made. Oh well, it’s not  easy to transform a novel into a 97-minute film. Firth is phenomenal in this film. Barnes gave justice to the character. He did better on this one.

So now I am reading the book.

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