Fifty Shades of Grey Film Review

 

Please note that this post contains spoilers of the films ending and is a little bit x-rated… ready to continue?

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Last night I decided to go and watch Fifty Shades of Grey at the cinema with a friend. Now let me be honest here, I’ve read all three books in the trilogy and I barely tolerated them so I wasn’t looking forward to the film. Apparently it was Valentine’s Day yesterday so in an aim to not spend my evening in feeling utterly miserable because I had no one to buy chocolates and flowers for but myself, I booked tickets to go see the Christian Grey get hot and naked.

When the book came out I only read it to see what the hype was about, we’re all adults here and can handle a bit of slap and tickle in fiction, TV and film so it was nothing new to me. I’ve also recently started watching HBO’s Girls and that is explicit. Fifty Shades of Grey is almost a PG in comparison. Now that I’ve seen one of this year’s most hotly anticipated and talked about films, Fifty Shades seems to be more about the glamour and sensuality of doing the dirty that actually ‘doing it’ on the screen. I know there’s quite a debate about this novel and film not accurately representing the BDSM community and I’m not even going to go there in my comments about the sexual practises in this film, I’m just going to concentrate on the character depth and study of this film of which it should be championed for because no, I did not see Jamie Dornan’s manhood during the 125 minute running time. I did see lots of Dakota Johnson though.

On that note I think you, dear reader, should take a break in reading this post to google Jamie Dornan topless. Go on, do it. You won’t regret it.

Back are you? Did you have fun? I know I did.

Anyways, let’s get back to business.

I enjoyed the film. Why? Well because it was actually a very good exploration into the depths of these characters that were created for the page, not for the screen. Hats off to the writing and directing team for creating a stunning study of one of the world’s most famous literary couples. Nearly everyone has read the book and knows the characters. A lot of people even have a personal opinion about them, and that’s something that I hope the films will address.

For me, it really irks me that Christian makes incredibly drastic moves to protect and control Ana in her life outside of the bedroom. Obviously, that’s part of the parcel as to why he is infatuated with her and must make those moves, because she has him under the thumb even though he is meant to be the dominant in the relationship. For once someone is challenging his feelings, making him feel all warm and squishy inside when he makes a strong effort to feel nothing – and that just can’t do now can it? Basically Ana doesn’t completely agree with Christian’s practises and in the books, even though she shows her initial distaste of all of it she never quite gets around to showing him the door, even though his controlling tactics go too far at times.

In this film Ana is introduced to Christian’s sexual kinks and even though she is… well hang on she doesn’t really show that much dislike toward them at all until near the very end… and that’s when I’m sitting in the cinema when Ana storms into the elevator of Christian’s apartment and snaps “No” at poor Jamie Dornan who pulls back and I just want to jump up onto my seat and start a round of applause. Yes Ana! Can we continue more of that dominance and power onto the next two films please, because it sure as hell doesn’t come across in the books to me enough.

Watching this film was like swimming out to sea and being swept away by the current, you just keep getting deeper and deeper into Christian and Ana’s relationship and especially Christian’s motivations to the way he treats Ana in this screen adaptation. I enjoyed the unwitting power that Dakota Johnson carries in her portrayal of Ana, she was sweet yet sophisticated and very relatable. Oh and Jamie Dornan… oh boy can that man play a tortured soul under a mask of the cool and collected charm that an attractive young business with a buckets of success on his shoulders has to wear.

Oh please sir, may I have some more?

I could go on and on about the little things that made this film stand out for me. I still don’t feel one hundred percent comfortable with it as a story because with the reading the books I know what happens, but the film feels more like something I could slip into and just enjoy – without getting too annoyed with it. Okay, so it still makes me squirm that Mr. Grey has to slip into a pair of low-riding jeans for a lot of sex scenes in the play room but oh well… it certainly didn’t hurt my eyes to watch.

By the way, the soundtrack is killer. Beyonce, Sia and Ellie Goulding have some incredible tracks playing throughout. I mean if you go see Fifty Shades of Grey for that mix of Crazy in Love alone, it would be worth it.

Rating: ★★★ / ★★★★★

All in all I give the film 3 out of 5 starts, the strength in it’s award comes from the screen adaptation rather than a standalone film. I think if you haven’t read the books you’d be a tad confused in the cinema.

Have you seen the film? Did you love or loathe it? Let me know in the comments.