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The latest adaptation of this Oscar Wilde masterpiece is excellent! Colin Firth can play anybody and this time he is the bad guy.. or perhaps he's the Devil himself? in any event, even the Devil is protecting his daughter from the one who he himself has transformed into a "baddie"...In fact I believe the whole idea of this adaptation is human duality. We are good and bad at the same time, trying to show our good features and hide the bad ones in the attic of our conscience. Ben Barnes, like any youngster, gets attracted to the light of excesses, just like a moth is attracted to the light of a lamp, and even when he finds some true feelings inside him , he is not believed. Dorian becomes a murderer in order to protect his true identity and unfortunately this seems to be like a liberating exercise. From then onwards it can only be self destruction, culminating with the flames that engulf both his sides of personality as well as his physical being and suggesting his ending in the flames of hell. A truly excellent film!