Looking at the reviews, I'm not sure why it didn't get better reviews. Sure there was room to improve the build up to Dorian's corruption, however I can say young people are easily impressionable, so the speed at which Dorian fell into his ways doesn't surprise me. The soft core porn scenes weren't very artistic or meaningful, so I think the movie could've done with less.
Overall, I must confess the only reason why I watched the movie was because I didn't know of this "mythical" being when I watched the "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen". But I have to say, I am quite satisfied and more of this film. Not only did it remind me of the exquisite taste of Sleepy Hollow (one of my favourite films), but Ben Barnes does start to look like a very young Johnny Depp in some dark angles. Which of course is a plus :D
The only good thing about this film was the CG team.
I honestly thought It wouldn't suck as much as it did. But even someone like me who only knows the jist of what goes on in Avatar as a series, is highly disappointed. The ideas behind this show are amazingly brilliant. I vaguely remember seeing this first on Newgrounds years ago.
I think what really failed this movie was essentially the casting. I think the kids are cute, just not meant for this film. Especially when some dumbass director doesn't speak up when asian looking characters have white kids cast for them. Hell even wikipedia points it out in it's first paragraph, it's like how dumb can you get?
"Avatar is set in an Asian-influenced world of Chinese martial arts and elemental manipulation. The show drew on elements from traditional Asian culture, blending the styles of anime and US domestic cartoons"
The only Chinese looking actor I saw in there were the members of the first Earth tribe we encounter in the film.
In the end, a lot of crap.
Where do I start with this movie...
Characters, didn't feel too much of a connection with them, since they were so hastily put together.
Plot, the idea of inception was very interesting, however the reason for them to enter Fisher's mind seemed too vague (which perhaps plays into inception theories).
Overall, it got very confusing, lots of things didn't correspond very well. As a mind fuck movie, it gets away with not explaining a lot. But as a movie itself, it has a lot to be desired. I mean when you portray something complex, and there's only so much fr you, at a certain point you're going to lose people, and that makes it less appealing.
Theories, read some of them, only one stood out to me [spoiler] it occurs when Saito interupts Cobb's "reality confirming" moment in the bathroom, because of the interuption, Cobb can't confirm if the dreidel falls naturally or not since he stumbles over it [/spoiler]. Other than this one, the other "clues" in the movie are very obvious.
Thus I'm not sure if this was the best brain fuck in movie history. Honestly I thought "The Prestige" made me think more afterwards than this did.