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Keep Away Dorian Gray,
This review is from: Dorian Gray [DVD] (DVD)
Oscar Wilde's great novel has finally been brought to life in an adaptation which makes a good effort of re-telling the original tale of eternal youth and beauty. Firstly the pro's, this film has cast the right actor to play Dorian, although he should be BLONDE!(he was in the novel). Also it was a good idea to show the other characters age, whilst Dorian does not. Finally the setting and the atmosphere of the film feels right. Now, the con's. The film is to sexed up to appeal to modern audiences, the homosexuality of Dorian Gray is to blunt, it is slightly suggested that Dorian is gay in the novel. Sir Henry Wotton is played by the wrong actor, Colin Firth (who seems too of been cast to add a big name to the film), who belts out words like 'pleasures!', and 'Lets raise some hell'. In the novel however he is more subtle and witty and elegant, he is a good linguist. So all in all, Dorian Gray is a good attempt to adapt Oscar Wilde`s Gothic Tale, however it has lost some of its charm and subtlety in the transition from book to film.