over 1 year
He traded his soul for youth..Good story and I want to read the book now.
almost 6 years
Absolutely wonderfully shot and playied! Ben Barnes is fantastic!
over 6 years
Disappointing compared to the book, but quite okey as a film. Actors not so well-chosen.
almost 7 years
there is a similarity between this and dr. faustus. not bad.
"Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray is a classic novel, but true to Wilde it combines both high-minded literature and the juicier pleasures of entertainment. Colin Firth and Ben Barnes rise to that standard in this truly compelling adaptation, offering first Wilde's sparkling wit, then a plunge into gothic horror.
When the handsome and naive Dorian (Barnes) arrives in Victorian London, he befriends the charismatic Lord Henry Wotton (Firth), who introduces him to a world of excess. For Henry, the only things worth pursuing in life are beauty and fulfillment of the senses, views he imparts to Dorian together with a good deal of flattery.
Women are enamoured of Dorian's youthful countenance, but so is artist Basil Hallward (Ben Chaplin), a friend of Henry's who paints Dorian's portrait, aiming to capture all the power and allure of physical beauty. Overtaken with his own vanity, Dorian decides he would rather sell his soul than see himself age another day. Soon after, just such a...