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Fresh: It's a morality tale told through amorality and the pursuit of pleasures of the flesh
- Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Fresh: Colin Firth is perfect as the devils advocate, as this adaptation of 19th century gothic taps into the modern zeitgeist.
- Colin Fraser, FILMINK (Australia), Thursday, June 24, 2010
There indeed was something lacking from the film to make it truely good. Not sure what. First I felt Dorian was corrupted way too fast. It seemed like all Colin Firth had to do was suggest something to him, and the guy does it immediately. I did enjoy the end era of the movie, since I felt like he was totally screwed and bored with all the horrible things he had done. Anyone who has done terrible things for momentary pleasure knows that eventually you feel sickened and bored with it, and the film captures this in my opinion. My wife says the book blows it away, but dont' they all?
- puffchunk, Friday, November 5, 2010
Young Dorian Gray (Ben Barnes) has come home to take over the household he was once tortured in. He meets an artist. He meets a lord (Colin Firth).He makes a deal with the devil where his evil goes into a painting of himself and he'll live forever. He turns into Wilt Chamberlain. The end. This is an excruciatingly dull film that goes nowhere other than Dorian's pants. It's almost an exercise in seeing how long you can stand watching this film that is steeped in jack the Ripper references but ends up going nowhere. I never read the original story but this film version is a boring two hour endeavor that eventually comes to the predicted climax. An honest to god waste of time.
- sononothing, Sunday, October 17, 2010
Imagine if a bunch of parents and teachers sat back and tried to think of how to make classic literature assessable. First, the piece is placed in an "edgy" setting that looks like a cheap rip off of Sweeney Todd. Then, the actual storyline should be altered so that more than anything it resembles Disney's Beauty and the Beast. It should also resemble a grim morality tale more than a piece or literature. The title should be shorted too. There is just something irritating and pompous about a title that consists of more than a couple words. Oh, and there should also be a lot of skin and some cheap horror antics, just for the hell of it. In a nutshell, this is what has been done to The Picture of Dorian Gray. What is a fascinating piece of literature is turned into a tacky, mediocre mess. Ben Barnes actually handles a lot of the scenes very well. I'm not going to lie, I was surprised. Still, whenever a situation required any emotion, he completely lost it. I loved Rebecca Hall in The Town and Vicki Christina Barcelona, but was not that impressed with her here. The film felt like a Hollywood crowd-pleaser. That is not a big thing. Per say. It is sort of interesting, though, considering the film has made the art house circuit and went straight to dvd in the U.S. Still, it is interesting and entertaining to watch, but that really is about it.
- neverteaseaweasel, Saturday, October 16, 2010