Beautiful Dorian has his portrait painted by a London artist and upon viewing the portrait declares he would do anything to keep his look, even sell his soul. But for how long will Dorian keep his looks?
Ben Barnes (Dorian), Ben Chaplin (Basil), Pip Torrens (Victor), Fiona Shaw (Agatha), Caroline Goodall (Lady Radley), Maryam d’Abo (Gladys), Michael Culkin (Lord Radley), Colin Firth (Henry), Emilia Fox (Victoria).
Dorian Gray is a surprisingly entertaining film from the very beginning. Following Dorian as he first arrives in London a pauper he quickly finds himself in the social inner circle and begins to rise. From there the dramatic aspect of the story shifts as Dorian unintentionally sells his soul and becomes linked to a portrait painted of him by Basil. As Dorian realizes his looks are enduring far beyond the time they should he realizes the enjoyable aspects of hedonism for a while before a horror aspect creeps into the film.
Acting was good with Barnes delivering a nicely done performance throughout. Firth played well against Barnes and together they brought a good dose of energy to the film. Chaplin was another good addition, as was Shaw. The remainder of the supporting cast did well.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all very well done displaying both the elegance and sparseness of England and the era. Effects were nicely done and supported the film well without taking over. Dialogue was good and moved the story along at a good pace. Sound and soundtrack were nicely done.
Dorian Gray is well done adaptation of the Oscar Wilde novel with an excellent variety of aspects throughout the film. Those who enjoy good variety in a film will find this sleeper a gem of entertainment.
With sexual content and nudity, violence, and drug use this should be fine for older teens and above.
Dorian Gray is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
copyright ©2012 Dave
Remember to click on Subscribe and leave comments!!