UTR: Dorian Gray (2009)

Posted: May 10, 2014 in Joe Giambrone
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There are so many movies, but so few good ones, that I was happy to stumble upon Oscar Wilde’s tale of debauchery and Faustian bargains. For free on Hulu right now: http://www.hulu.com/watch/562422

Colin Firth and Ben Barnes really breathe life into this classic tale. The production is raunchy enough to do Wilde proud, and a modern score pulses and warps the world. They could have gone even more exploitative but opted instead to retain a bit of class. It’s an interesting story, and it can be viewed from several angles.

In one sense Dorian is the ultimate English aristocrat, with power and wealth, and he exists above the law. With these perks his moral compass slides off into oblivion. Unrestrained by the rules that apply to most, the young and attractive lord becomes a Nietzschean superman. Inevitably his excesses lead to regrets and misery. Yet he soldiers on.

From another angle it’s a Frankenstein’s monster story, one of a social mentor and apprentice. Jolly good show.

4/5

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