Tom from Galway, 10 Feb 2011
..as Homer might say. This is a dull exposition on Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray".
In his novel Wilde wrote about the themes of inner beauty/outer beauty, responsibility and consequences. It is hard to say what this version relies on (besides partial nudity and a hint of the gothic) but in the end it merely runs episodic through a series of events where the young Gray becomes increasingly morally corrupt while remaining physically beautiful.
No charm, no pace, it is not Wilde. Avoid.
Wilde would roll over in his grave...
Lucy from Kildare, 21 Sep 2010
What an embarrassment - this is a prime example of why classic literature should be left as it is!
From the very beginning it's clear the director expects very little in terms of intelligence from his audience. Dorian's arrival in London feels like an episode of Barney the Dinosaur - he wanders around wide eyed and innocent, gaping at the sights like some kind of slack jawed simpleton. We get it - you're young and naive in the big city. Tone it down.
His descent into depravity is handled in th
Don't rent it if you love the book
Sian from Galway, 18 Mar 2010
This might be a very good movie if you have not read and enjoyed the book. I appreciate that it is hard for a film to accurately reflect a book but this is so far removed from the original text to almost be a different story. The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of my absolute favourite books and I was so looking forward to this film, only to be entirely disappointed by it. It seems to me that it would have been possible to be much truer to the original story whilst still creating an exciting fi
John from Donegal, 10 Feb 2010
A man who accidentally trades his soul so that his portrait grows old and haggard, while he stays young, and who this power manages to corrupt him.
A good version of the Oscar Wilde novel, all actors play their parts well, and the Victorian London settings are nicely done. Well worth watching.
Lyn from Cork, 24 Jan 2010
Great cast, costumes and special effects. Ben Barnes moves effortlessly beyond "Prince Caspian" into something far more dark and complex. Definitely one for the girls night in and wonderful to see Colin Firth play a baddie for a change!