Ben Barnes stars in this watchable remake of Dorian Gray. Dorian, a young handsomely beautiful nobleman, is cursed and blessed with a strange gift after an exquisite portrait of him is painted. The eerily lifelike painting begins to haunt Dorian, showing strange signs of life and aging while he himself remains forever, young and flawless. But the curse of the painting comes with consequences as the young man begins to lose all sense of himself and evil begins to envelop his life.
While not as atmospheric or entertaining as the black and white original, the movie is still watchable. Almost touching the epitome of old gothic horror, this has a feel of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street about it (almost Burton-esque in feel). Ben Barnes is an ideal cast of Dorian, as although he is certainly handsome, also has something of a charcoal-eyed alien ugliness about him that fits the latter of his performance quite well. The film embodies the underground of the Victorian era quite well with it's flashes of unabashed eroticism, blatant drug use and the superior attitudes of male upper-class.