Posted by: lucylastic | February 12, 2010

Dorian Grey – better on film……….

We read Oscar Wilde’s ‘The picture of Dorian Grey’ when I was at school, and it didn’t make much of an impression – I vaguely remembered that Dorian was a ‘bit of a lad’ and that his picture got old while he stayed looking young, so the film version with the hugely attractive Ben Barnes in the title role was a revelation to me.

Obviously, our film makers have the benefit of all sorts of tricky and whizzy effects that poor old Oscar never even imagined in his own wild times,  but I thought the film was improved, not poorer for it.  To bill it as ‘Dorian Grey – starring Colin Firth’ is a misnomer, Ben Barnes is the star of this in so many ways.  Not only does he play Dorian perfectly, with a cool aloofness that makes the hairs on the back of your neck tingle at times, he’s sexy and sensual with men and women alike.  I’m sorry, I know lots of women swoon after Colin Firth, but he doesn’t float my boat and in this, he seemed just like he is in every other costume drama – flat, twee and rather one-dimensional.

Apparently, Ben Barnes also played the lead in Prince Caspian – the fantasy follow-on to ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – which I had to watch as a part of a religious studies course – apparently, C S Lewis’s books are allegories for heaven, hell and various other Christian encounters – but that was lost on me.  I just didn’t like it and certainly didn’t remember ‘Dorian’ as the same person who played the lead!

Of course, it ends badly – it is Oscar Wilde after all – but very watchable and LH and I both enjoyed it equally – which is amazing, as we normally disagree about films – funnily enough, a topic referred to in Curious Girl’s blog today…….. see the link on the right.

Have a good weekend everyone.


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