Based on the book by EL James, the movie Fifty Shades of Grey tells the story of literature student Anastasia Steele, who goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey and encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too — but on his own terms.
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success — his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family — Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires – read: her pussy.
Director Sam Taylor-Johnson is a cougar, married to actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick Ass and Kick Ass 2), who is 23 years her junior.
Dakota Johnson is the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith.
Charlie Hunnam, who was originally cast in the movie as Christian Grey, is the sexy actor who stars in TV’s Sons Of Anarchy and who starred in the big screen movies Nicholas Nickleby, Cold Mountain and Pacific Rim.
Fifty Shades Of Grey (Review)
By Audrey Shine (Wild About Movies resident movie critic)
I always believe that movies derived from books should stand alone as artistic works, but in this case, my review is tainted by the fact that I read the books, so comparison is inevitable. I was a little surprised that the film focused on only one aspect of the story- the dominant/submissive sex story that binds Christian and Anastasia in a constant dance of emotions. In one sense, 50 Shades of Gray is a classic “Cinderella” story – “poor but worthy young woman meets rich handsome prince and lives happily ever after.” Only this “Cinderella” has conflicts – love vs contract; submission vs equality – which have to be reconciled before she can have her Prince Charming.
There is so much they left out – the “Mrs. Robinson” history; the crazy ex-submissive; Christian’s real mother, etc. The story of Anastasia and Christian is center stage; all the other characters are minimalized, almost invisible. If they go forward with more movies – it is going to take a really long time to tell this story.
The writer, Kelly Marcel, decided to focus on Anastasia’s infatuation with Christian and reveal the little known world of sado-machistic sex. I assume that quite a few members of the audience were there out of curiosity, which was fulfilled by the numerous scenes of the beautiful Datoka Johnson naked and not afraid of the ropes, leather straps, and ice cubes. But honestly, there is a story in the books so that the reader is satisfied that all the sex serves a purpose to advance the character development and story line, and not just pander to the reader (it does that too.)
The lead actors sell their characters very well. Dakota Johnson brings Anastasia Steele’s honesty, naivete, and quirkyness to life. She’s better than the book. Jamie Dornan doesn’t disappoint as the really messed up Christian, but his story is really downplayed in favor of her exploration of the “red room of pain.”
If you haven’t read the books and bonded with the story, I’d say skip this movie unless your curiosity overwhelms you. If you read the books, of course, you have to see it.