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Movie Preview: Dorian Gray

After An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest, director Oliver Parker has taken on a third Oscar Wilde work: an adaptation of Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray.

The spooky story follows Dorian Gray (Ben Barnes), a handsome young man who becomes the subject of a painting. Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton (Colin Firth) who encourages Dorian to live a more hedonistic lifestyle, and soon Dorian wishes that he could remain youthful forever and that the painting of him would age instead. Strangely, Dorian's wish comes true and he delves deeper into a corrupt world — but each of his dark deeds is portrayed as a disfigurement or deterioration of the Dorian-in-the-painting, reminding Dorian that his soul is marred even if his physical appearance is not.

I remember reading the book years ago so I know that the source material in itself is very, very creepy, but seeing it played out on film seriously intensifies the creepiness. In looking for an eerie experience, I think I'd watch this movie over going to a Saw-themed haunted house any day.

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Dorian Gray will receive its world premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival and will open in the UK on Sept. 9. To check out an international teaser trailer,

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Quirks4me Quirks4me 7 years
Love this book! Not sure about this adaptation...
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 7 years
I never read the book but will do so before seeing the movie.
CheleBelle CheleBelle 7 years
Will definitely be there AND it's all because of Ben Barnes...not much of a Colin Firth fan...but Barnes looks just like what imagine an upper crust gent looks like when I read historical romance novels.
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 7 years
weird. I don't know if this trailer fits with the tone of the book. :/
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Excellent book. However, I must confess I have reservations about adapting it into a movie. The book is very thought-driven, psychologically-based. It's NOT particularly visual-based, which is what a movie would be. A movie is a visual medium. I wonder if the book can be successfully translated visually. I have my doubts.
mediaddict000 mediaddict000 7 years
Looks good. Plus, I like Ben Barnes.
closetrebels closetrebels 7 years
Okay I read this novel when I was 15 and thought it was amazing and this version might probably not be the best one made. With that said I don't care because the fangirl in me is completely hyperventilating as Ben Barnes is so damn gorgeous. Aaah! I think lizlee89's thoughts are succint
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i read this book a LONG time ago for a project for school and my teacher was shocked that i picked it since it's kind of deep and hard to follow if you're too young - but i enjoyed it and i can't wait to see the movie. i adore colin and i think that he'll bring something great to the movie too!
piper23 piper23 7 years
Looks good!!!
Sofia-Soubrette Sofia-Soubrette 7 years
ooo!
lizlee89 lizlee89 7 years
yeah msmoney that is actually the best and most accurate adaptation of Dorian Gray. this is my favorite novel of all time, and it always hurts me that no matter how many times or who is helming it; they never get it right. Dorian Gray was by no means dark or mysterious or definitely not overtly sexual; it's like taking the story of a confused lamb and making him a wolf. while I think Ben Barnes is very handsome and does a pretty good job of portraying Gray's youth; he doesn't capture the innocence or emotional torture that this elegantly created character encapsulates. while Colin Firth is a dream casting; his character in the movie seems to lack the perverse sense of humour and dry wit that makes Lord Henry so lovable. the great thing about the 1945 adaptation is that it is not dark and gloomy or portrayed as a gory horror movie; but the deep psychological terror story that so greatly epitomized Gothic literature...
AmandaKrups AmandaKrups 7 years
I thought I read that there is no U.S. release date for this movie. Too bad, I love Colin Firth!
Suspiria Suspiria 7 years
This Dorian Gray is very ugly. :raspberry: It doesn't looks good. I don't wanna watch.
msmoney23 msmoney23 7 years
I suggest watching the original re-make of the classic novel from 1945 with Angela Lansbury starring in it. It was surprising good as well and I would love to see the differences between each portrayal of Dorian Gray.
flowergirl flowergirl 7 years
Looking forward to this one!!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
Yay I've been waiting forever for this trailer! I love Ben Barnes and I can't wait to see him in this film, it looks amazing.
reesiecup reesiecup 7 years
who could resist wilde and british accents?
Gossamer Gossamer 7 years
wow that seems cool. can;t wait to watch it, oscar wilde is amazing.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
Huge Oscar Wilde fan! This was the character he based on himself, wasn't it?
bethinabox bethinabox 7 years
Creepy. Definitely want to see it!
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