Length: 112 min
Directed by: Oliver Parker
Lead roles: Ben Barnes, Collin Firth, Rebecca Hall
Based on the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
We all know the story where a young man, beautiful in body and soul, arrives in Victoria London, gets portrait for his youth and unconciously strikes a bargain with the devil himself: He stays like he is in the picture, while the portrait changes intead. As young Dorian is later corrupted by the pleasures thought out by higher society, he hides the picture that captured his soul, and lives his life to the fullest. But to what cost?
I don't know why people keep telling me that Ben Barnes is a bad actor. I liked him as Prince Kaspian with that cute accent, and I sure liked him as Dorian Gray. I agree that he does not have the explicit expressions of some other great actors, kinda like Tom Cruise for me as well, but I think that's exactly what made him so good in his roles. There was absolutely no need for overflowing emotions on his face. Seriously, you couldn't have others read Dorian Gray like an open book, now could you?
Although I haven't read the book (I am soooo reluctant to pick up any classics...), I liked how the movie was made dark, msyterious, dangerous. It's like you're being corrupted in front of the screen together with Dorian. I admit there were a few parts that looked cheap, but I didn't mind so much because it gave the movie a rawness that was underlining the theme nicely.
Area Scan: Plot: 5/5 -- Characters: 4/5 -- Drama: 5/5 -- Style: 4/5 -- Action: 3/5 -- Romance: 3/5 -- Fantasy: 3/5
Overall Rating: 4/5