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Not As Bad As the Critics Would Lead You to Believe,
This review is from: The Picture of Dorian Gray (film tie-in) (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
From all the critiques I've read, I really thought the movie would be barely a one-star film. But, no, no, it's not bad at all.
The setting, scenery and costumes are stunning. Yes, the plot was changed and *rapid intake of breath* "modernized". But for me, movies should not be compared to books anyway. Books stand on their own merit as do movies. So if you take Oscar Wilde's revelant story as a mere outline for this movie adaptation, you'll appreciate what the director and screenwriter tried to do. They tried to make the story ring valid for a contemporary, younger audience in love with gothic tales.
Dorian is still Dorian and played quite well by Ben Barnes, I must add, especially in the latter half when Dorian returns 25 years older. He still makes the same Faustian pact. He still indulges in every debauchery available at that time. But, there's a sadness and a hint of an abused childhood backstory that may validate his willingness to make a pact. There's also the written return of him into the same society, 25 years later. That's when the movie really picked up for me.
I am glad I purchased it. It's well worth a viewing of how a classic story can be turned into something that resonates with a modern audience. Was it successful in it's approach? Not entirely, but it came close.
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Initial post: 22 Feb 2010 10:00:14 GMT
mrs m says:
What is this review doing here, in the section for reviewing the Book not the Film!
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