Starring: Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, Marcia Gay Harden, Max Martini
Director: Sam Johnson-Taylor
Movie Page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2322441/
In the first book of the worldwide phenomenon written by EL James we find Ana Steele (Dakota Johnson) as she meets billionaire tycoon Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and begins an illicit affair with him but it comes with a catch. He’s not the typical knight in shiny armor as he has darkness in him that comes out in the form of BDSM.
When this book came out, it took the world by storm and changed countless relationships because of it. Girls were falling in love with Christian and wanting him to be their boyfriend. When news was released that we would be getting to see this book unfold on the screen, fans went crazy with anticipation.
And the movie didn’t disappoint.
It’s hard to begin a review for this movie without pointing out the two main characters first. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan were relatively unknown actors in the business, where Johnson is known because of her famous parents and Doran is know for his role as The Huntman on Once Upon A Time on ABC, so you got two actors know that this is going to be the role that changes their lives, for good and bad who knows.
The movie series could very well end up like how the Twilight series ended up for their stars, but this movie was able to dive deeper in to the story that was overshadowed in the first book.
Ok. Let’s start with the downfalls or what I like to call ‘the things fans of the book will nitpick about’.
First off, Jamie Dornan’s appearance as Christian. His torso specifically. His body is supposed to be covered in various scars including a number of cigarette burns and also chest hair. He had little to none on either account. The number of scars will bother those who liked the story more and the chest hair will bother the fans of Christian Grey more. Also, fans are having a hard time seeing him as this broken soul. He didn’t obsess over Ana eating food (like he does in the book) and you don’t get that feeling of him being broken.
That’s what other fans thing. This fan believes he was great. Yes, there are some things that need tweaking which I think will be done in the next two movies. But overall, he captured what I had pictured as Christian Grey. His smirks, the way he looks at Ana, the physical he struggle he has around her. All good. My only issue (and many fans probably won’t notice) is that I could sometimes hear his Irish accent. But the good news is you probably won’t notice if you aren’t looking for it.
Without a doubt the best part of the movie is Ana. She captures that essence of the character to a tee and would be hard pressed to find an actress who could have pulled it off like she did. She is funny, smart, and is able to really bring Ana Steele to life. It’s the little things that she does that really make her perfect like the facial expressions and her nervous demeanor when she’s around Christian. And the best part is, they did this without making Ana sound like she’s 12 yaers old. This is an issue I personally had with the book. She’s this smart and intelligent young woman but the book sometimes made her sound like a teenager the way she talked about her ‘inner goddess’. The movie Ana was mature, but naïve at the same time. The way that she should be.
Now for the scenes that everyone wants to talk about. Yes there are some BDSM scenes in the movie, and some of them might make you blush, but it’s nowhere near as graphic as it was in the book. Director, Sam Taylor-Johnson did an amazing job at showing that side of their relationship while keeping it so that it can be rated R and not NC-17. She focused more on the romance and the relationship and less on the sex part and for me, that’s exactly what I wanted.
Fifty Shades is a ‘fluff’ movie where it’s not going to be that blockbuster kind of movie like The Avengers but it’s got enough hart that will keep you wanting more. If you go in thinking that, then you will come out feel satisfied.
What did you think of the movie?