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Good film, worth the price of the DVD,
This review is from: Dorian Gray [DVD] (DVD)
This is not the best film I have seen but I enjoyed it and all the actors gave solid performances from Ben Barnes as the tormented Dorian Gray, to Colin Firth as cynical friend Lord Henry Wootton. It certainly has its moments like when Dorian seduces Lady Radley's daughter Celia and then Lady Radley herself. And the special effects are very good from the portrait absorbing all of Dorian's decadent and unrepentant lifestyle like a sponge and breathing its terrible breath locked away in a rat infested attic.
Dorian Gray isn't so much a horror film as a thriller. We are waiting for him to be unmasked, as years go by his beauty remains untouched and with the coming of the Great War he looks to be a young man and therefore cannot serve as a soldier on the front. He murders the man who painted his portrait because he discovers Dorian's terrible secret which enables him to go through life unscathed and untouched. Dorian's ethereal beauty both attracts and repels people, and it is no surprise that Lord Henry's daughter falls in love with him and he with her.
But Dorian doesn't have much luck with women who love him, his first Sybil Vane drowns herself because he abandons her and her brother Jim wants his revenge, but he is thwarted by time itself and Dorian continues.
But Henry Wootton has no desire to see his only child with Dorian, especially as he has slowly come to the realisation that his friend of many years has actually sold his soul to the devil.
An enjoyable thriller, with good special effects, an even better music score and a solid cast of actors to stop it steeping into mediocrity.