Dorian Gray

2009

Action / Drama / Fantasy / Thriller

99
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 43%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 39%
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 56590

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Rebecca Hall as Emily Wotton
Colin Firth as Lord Henry Wotton
Ben Barnes as Dorian Gray
Rachel Hurd-Wood as Sibyl Vane
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by dawejon-113-632078 2 / 10

Laughably Bad Movie

I hardly know where to start describing just how bad this movie is. First I will say that the movie, especially the first half, feels terribly choppy and rushed. The relationship between Dorian and Sybil, for example, from initial meeting to marriage proposal, to break-up and suicide is covered in the space of TWELVE MINUTES. This is including the scenes in between in which she is not involved. The director probably could've put a montage of them running through tall grass and painting each other with paint rollers while giggling merrily and it would've done a better job of establishing this relationship in believable fashion.

I feel like the director just wanted to get it out of the way so that he could spend as much time on the lurid details of Dorian's life as possible.

Director: What? I have to provide an explanation? OK here goes...

Dorian: hi I'm Dorian want to get married?

Sybil: yeah sure

**2 days later**

Sybil: you slept with a whore! I'm going to kill myself!

Director: OK now that that boring storyline garbage is out of the way I can get to the S&M sex montages, murders, and a painting that actually GROWLS AND HISSES.

Which brings me to my next problem with the movie; the cheesiness and unbelievably heavy-handed symbolism. The first time that we actually see a heavily altered version of the painting hidden up in the attic, the camera zooms in on the painting and yes, it actually hisses at the audience. I feel that this is a massive cop-out on an attempt to create a frightening and tense atmosphere. It is as if the director was unable to use lighting, shot framing, scenery, etc. effectively to create the atmosphere which he desired, and decided instead to have a ghost pop up on screen and yell "BOO!" at the audience to startle them into a state of fright.

The symbolism is something I would expect to see from a first year film student. The montage of S&M sex scenes inter-spliced with scenes of Dorian spreading jam on a biscuit made me burst out laughing. Possibly the most obtuse symbolism I've ever seen in a movie takes place when Dorian seduces Hallward at his party while some kind of sexually charged African drum dance involving a large snake takes place downstairs. That's right, snakes look kind of like a penis, and they're representative of sin! BAM! Double the symbolism! I was so convinced in the final scene where Lord Henry speaks to the painting that it was going to blink or start crying, I'm sure someone talked the director out of that one. I wouldn't even have been surprised to see a caption saying "Dorian is in the painting" with an arrow pointing to it.

A great deal of Oscar Wilde's sharp wit is cut from the story, and what does remain I would call the most redeeming factor of the whole movie. There are still a small handful of wonderful Wilde quotes that will have you laughing and thinking, but you can save yourself the trouble of viewing this travesty.

Reviewed by Michael Ledo 8 / 10

Don't worry. He's a doctor.

Dorian Gray arrives in London, young and beautiful, the desire of all the ladies. Young and innocent, he is taken under the wing of atheist Henry Wotton, who spares young Dorian no vice. A portrait becomes the embodiment of his body and soul aging, while he stays forever young.

This is about the one zillionth remake of the Oscar Wilde story. I have found this one more enjoyable than most, but not as dark and sinister. I thought Ben Barnes did good in the title role.

Guide: sex and nudity.

Reviewed by Paul Magne Haakonsen 4 / 10

A visually great presentation of a hollow story...

Being somewhat familiar with the essence and the story of Dorian Gray from literature, but not having actually read the book, then I must admit that I had some expectations for a movie such as this 2009 rendering of the story by director Oliver Parker. However, it is not before late in 2017 that I actually got around to find the time to sit down and watch the movie, despite having owned the DVD for years.

I found the storytelling in the movie to be slow paced, actually too much so for my liking, and it was taking a serious toll on the enjoyment of the movie for me. It rambled on and on and took forever to go almost nowhere. And I ended up feeling rather bored and finding the storyline itself to be rather pointless.

What made "Dorian Gray" bearable for me to watch was because they had gotten together a group of talented actors and actresses to perform in the movie. I am not familiar with the work of Ben Barnes, but he carried the movie quite well and was well cast for the lead role of Dorian Gray. But of course with names such as Ben Chaplin and Colin Firth as well, then the movie was secured some pretty solid acting performances.

While the storyline was rather boring and slow paced, then the special effects department really put together some really nice visuals for the movie, and it was a real treat to watch that on the screen. I must admit that I was impressed with the CGI that they had in this movie, and that alone does count for a great deal in terms of making the movie somewhat watchable.

I was disappointed with the overall result of this 2009 rendering of the Dorian Gray tale, but I stuck with the movie to the very end. I can't claim to have much of any interest in ever watching this movie again, then I am more inclined to pick up a physical copy of Oscar Wilde's classic and give that a read.

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