Oh, who could be more beautiful than Ben Barnes for this chilling tale. And he has the amazing hair for it, too. If you are enchanted by Oscar Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray, well..I think you'll be pleased with this little master piece. After all, you have Colin Firth as Henry to create such a monster.
Truly, Barnes has an innocence about him. Not just beauty, and you can't help but wonder who Dorian truly is. We get glimpses that his Dorian was a victim, himself. Did it have to do with the times, or something rather "dickens" instead? Well, it only helps to build his character more.
|Rachel says she keeps playing victims, as of late.|
Rachel Hurd-Woods as his first love, actress Sibyl Vane was unrecognizable..in a sense. Truly, her Sibyl would have been all that Dorian would have ever needed. But still, she couldn't be recognized in society for what she was. Just an actress..Soon the vices of the times prevail and Dorian has sold himself to the devil ..only, to hopefully..save himself.
Truly, Ben Barnes must have had some fun with so much mischief in the film. The cinematography was grand, envisioning the Victorian times ..as well as a true Gothic tale. This is truly a character driven story, and one wonders who the true villain really was. After all, Dorian became his own worst enemy. Or did he? Or was it the fact that the past didn't come back to haunt Henry until Dorian had true feelings for Henry's daughter?
This is definitely a movie for your own library collection. Cool performances from Ben Chaplin and Rebeca Hall, as well as the quick scenes from Max Irons.
Forever young. Forever cursed.
|“A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her.” |
Storyline: A naïve young man. A lovelorn artist. A corruptible Lord. A deal with the Devil. It all paints a dark picture of a Victorian London and how the rich and infamous party at their peril. Here, the telling of time and its consequence of experience for life's treasures' takes its toll on the body, mind and soul. The haunting and bleak tale of power, greed, vanity and inevitable self-destruction is ever present amongst the deceit, opium dens and sin.
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