Film Review: “50 Shades of Grey” by Blade Brown
Plot: Literature student Anastasia Steele’s life changes forever when she meets handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey.
The road to the film adaptation of the bestselling novel “Fifty Shades Of Grey” had been a rocky one. First, there was the unfortunate recasting of Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) in the role of the dominant, Christian Grey due to scheduling conflicts. He would be replaced by the almost unknown Jamie Dornan, a move that highly upset a lot of the novel’s fans. Then, the movie’s release date was pushed back six months from August 1, 2014 to Valentine’s Day weekend 2015(Brilliant marketing). Now that its out, how does the film compare to the controversial book? Better than you’d expect. But given the source material, that’s still not saying much.
The film starts off with Anastasia Steele, or simply Ana, heading off to interview young corporate executive Christian Grey for her college newspaper as a favor for her sick roommate, Kate. Upon their meeting, Christian shows an immediate interest in Ana, who in turn is rather intimidated by him. Following the meeting, Ana is surprised to find Christian pop up at her job, a hardware store to pick up some interesting supplies. While at her job, he agrees to do a photo-shoot to accompany the article. During the photo-shoot, Kate notices that Christian hasn’t taken his eyes off Ana. After the shoot, they go for coffee, which ends abruptly as Christian, who clearly is drawn to Ana, tells her he’s not who she wants.
While at a party with friends, a drunk Ana calls Christian and berates him for how he ended things. Realizing she’s drunk, Christian inquiries where she is then tells her he’s on the way. Some time later, Christian arrives to ensure Ana gets home safely. Ana awakens the next morning in Christian’s hotel room, and after a moment of passion, they start dating each other. It is during their time dating that Ana realizes that Christian isn’t a romantic, but a dominant. He then slowly brings her into the world of BDSM, where even a contract is drawn up and negotiated, in which she must agree to exclusively be his submissive.
The film leaves a lot of small, but intricate details from the book out of the film. The film doesn’t really explore how much of a stalker Mr.Grey comes off as on the book. Also, his family is elaborated on a lot more in the book. As well as his relationship with his mother’s friend Elena Lincoln. Who as it turns out, is the person who turned him onto the lifestyle as he was her submissive as a teenager. While Jamie Dornan will probably catch flack for his portrayal, Dakota Johnson is the bright spot of the film. She brings the Ana to life adding much-needed spunk to an overall dull character.
Overall, fans of the book will leave the movie satisfied. Those who weren’t fans like myself, might leave the film surprised. It’s not award worthy, but it’s not the train wreck you might think its going to be.
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