A picture of imperfection.
The set and costumes are impressive, much more so than Ben Barnes, pictured, whose portrayal of the hero is more wooden than the frame of the infamous portrait.
Emotion scarcely troubles Barnes's porcelain face, and it's hard to understand why the womenfolk of the city would swoon at a Dorian so lacking in charisma or vitality. The lifelessness of the main character is thrown into greater relief by Colin Firth's eyecatching supporting performance as his corrupter. Dorian Gray is Parker's second adaptation of Wilde, 10 years after An Ideal Husband, and the move from comedy to horror doesn't suit the director well.
Barnes's shortcomings in the pivotal role prove fatal, even with sterling work from Firth.
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|Publication:||Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||Sep 11, 2009|
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