Fifty Shades of Grey
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As excited as I was to see Fifty Shades of Grey, I had reasonable expectations. And while it is not perfect (though, honestly, I wouldn't have changed much if given the chance), I felt like Sam-Taylor Johnson made an incredible film adaptation out of a wildly popular book that is some 500 pages in length---and with a restrictive R-rating, no less, for such an intensely erotic story. There is a lot missing from the book but the important stuff remains, and many favorite quotes are included.
I think my greatest concern was with how the sex scenes would translate on to the big screen, but they made it work and handled it with style and class. When you consider how much sex is in this film (and there's a lot---as there should be), I never once felt that it was overdone or gratuitous. It pushes a few boundaries, yes; however, everything is done in an extremely tasteful way. What Sam created here is a stunningly beautiful, artistic film unlike anything I have seen before. The chemistry and steam-factor is prevalent from the start. One thing I really loved, though, was the unexpected humor throughout. I appreciated that counterbalance. When I wasn't holding my breath or generating heatwaves in my seat, I found myself laughing a lot---and for all the right reasons, I assure you. As a fan it was honestly everything I could have hoped for and more.Read more ›
What I found most striking about the film has to be Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele. She totally did it justice to Ana's character in every way. Her acting was outstanding and so spot on that I felt I was transported right back to the book when I felt everything Ana felt because I felt it once again in the movie by watching Dakota. Really, her portray of Ana's shyness, excitement, playfulness, and even sadness were all so very vivid in the movie that I instantly connected with her. She was just the perfect Ana and I loved how she embraced her to the max by making her look and feel both so genuine and strong from beginning to end.
Now Mr. Grey... Oh boy, talk about intensity. Jamie Dornan really brought to life that intense persona and that seductiveness in Christian Grey's character I loved so much. He made Christian look strong, graceful, and very much enticing as I pictured him in my head and that perfectly blended with Ana's character. Moreover, I felt like Jamie was successful at making Christian feel like the vulnerable man he really was at the end. He precisely showed the emotional conflicts his character was going through and I really liked how he managed to transform Christian's character.Read more ›
1. COMPELLING CHARACTERS: We have two. Anastasia Steele is a college student with almost no personality traits to speak of other than the fact that she is both a virgin and clearly much older than your average college student. She's also remarkably dumb, which we'll get to in a moment. Christian Grey is a young billionaire with almost no personality traits to speak of other than the fact that he enjoys BDSM, is barely able to disguise his Irish accent, and apparently doesn't like blinking very much. Neither of these characters exist as anything other than featureless blanks upon which for the audience to project themselves. Hence, Anastasia's only hobbies and interests are "books" (which is one degree shy of saying your interests are "entertainment"), and Christian never needs to work or even allude to any specific business in order to stay stupidly rich.
2. CHEMISTRY: Both actors seem stunned by their roles and the long, torturous lunacy of the script. They fall madly in love with each other, but the reasons why are never clear. I assume that Anastasia falls for Christian because he's wealthy and handsome, whereas Christian falls for Anastasia because she's the protagonist. Because she vacillates constantly between childish whining and adult indignation, it's impossible to gauge what it is about her that he likes so much. She's pretty, sure, but no more so than any of the other women that are constantly hanging around Christian's workplace. Given this massive gap in the script, the actors have no clue how to portray the relationship, so every exchange is done with wide, blank eyes and excruciating pauses between ... every ... single ... sentence.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a classic case of, love the book, but not the movie. The movie left out much of what made the book a story, not explaining much. Read morePublished 7 hours ago by H. F.
Unrated version gives depth to Christian's desire and pain.Published 11 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Yes it's steamy. Not for the faint of heart. I would give it a 5 star but the story is somewhat predictable. Rich man seduces Naïve College graduate that is a virgin. Read morePublished 17 hours ago by P. Jarrett
Enjoyed the book. Enjoyed the movie. Just the beginning of the trilogy.Published 1 day ago by Rob Jensen
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