The steamy adaptation barreled its way onto the big screen with erotic detail, intensity and just a shade of romance.
A breath of fresh air from the novel, Sam Taylor-Johnson‘s Fifty Shades of Grey aimed to please. Unfortunately, while telling an intriguing and convincing story, the chemistry between Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) fell below par.
‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Review
Meet Anastasia Steele, a nervous, shy, English literature student at Washington State University who meets business man, Christian Grey when she interviews him for the school newspaper. Just one look at her and he sees her for what she is — an innocent, smart, and insanely beautiful woman. In his eyes: a submissive. After some very brief stalking and insanely expensive gifts: ie., original Thomas Hardy novels, a laptop, a car, etc., he asks her if he can be her dominant.
Of course, with contracts and safe words, virgin Ana is torn — does she allow him to control her fully just to be with the man she’s in love with, even though she can’t get the “more” she’s yearning for? Well, for those of us who read the books and have seen the films, of course she is getting the “more” slowly but surely.
Movie Vs. Book
Unfortunately, after reading E.L. James‘ novel, there were expectations. Sure, things like an unnecessary hygiene chapter was left out, and the writing of the film was noticeably more impressive than the novel. However, the bond between the two — which could be the main factor of the entire love story — was nonexistent.
The red room of pain was glorious: impeccably organized, meticulous and dark, and somehow even more detailed and intense than described in the book. While that was visually perfect, the scenery in the duration of the film was not. Christian’s office, the views of Seattle, and even Kate and Ana’s apartment were underwhelming.
However, the biggest downfall was the chemistry. It’s tough to display a backstory made in a whole novel in the intro of a two hour film, but the segments that shouldn’t have been rushed were. After their first ever coffee date, Christian tells Ana that he can’t do this and must “let her go.” Coming after a first date, this falls short.
For those who haven’t read the novel, the film is a story of a man, whose dark past has changed him and made him a violent one. I spent the majority of the film cringing at him and hoping she would tell him off. But for those of us who have read it, know that we fell for Christian too in the book. The pain behind his eyes made us understand why he was doing what he was doing — and even find it sexy. Unfortunately that disconnect was a strong one when it was brought to the big screen. I was left rooting for Ana to leave him!
An Impressive Upgrade
I have to say, I was blown away by the performance by Dakota Johnson, who combined sexy, sultry, smart and witty all in one. She portrayed the awkwardness of Anastasia Steele without missing a beat, and without coming off cheesy and dare I say it, Kristen Stewart like.
We do have to remember that this novel began from Twilight fan fiction, and yes, the similarities were uncanny. I was half-expecting to see a shirtless Jacob riding his motorcycle at one point. But the visual effects, the acting, and to me, the story, was above and beyond anything Forks ever had to offer.
Was the film sexy, enduring and unlike anything I’ve ever seen? Of course. However, for a geared toward women series, would I have liked to see a little less of Ana’s breasts? Absolutely,
Let me know what you felt about Fifty Shades of Grey here! Laters, baby.
— Emily Longeretta