Well hello there Mr Grey: I came, saw and wouldn’t mind seeing you again in Part 2. Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson star as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in the film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey.
Did you even bother reading the book? Well if you did wow you have stamina and if you didn’t you will be pleasantly surprised by what in my opinion was a poorly drafted trilogy of fan fiction turned into a visually aesthetically beautiful film with an above par soundtrack. The story is that of billionaire Christian Grey interviewed for the College newspaper by sweet, innocent, virginal Anastasia Steele. She falls for him and he tells her that’s not his thing but shows her his playroom – not an x box in site but a myriad of whips, rope etc. He wants her all to himself but will she sign up to his version of “love”.
The direction is incredible along with the cinematography although there are too many rain/thunder metaphors.The scriptwriter deserves a medal and Sam Taylor-Wood directs with a firm hand showing that sexy doesn’t have to mean naked bodies and sexual organs flailing all over the place. For a film that is all about BDSM, dominance and control the sexual tension and innuendos actually made me think back to old hollywood and An Affair To Remember – less is more and sometimes the viewer doesn’t need to see everything to be turned on. The weakest part of the film was in fact the character of Christian Grey. Jamie Dornan didn’t bring enough of that dark, psychopathic brilliance from his time in The Fall and beardless he just isn’t very sexy.
Consider this film as part 1 – a familiar entrée – you’ve had it before but can’t quite remember where and not as spicy but still tantalises the tastebuds. Part 2, and there will be a part 2, will bring the spice to awaken all your senses or at least that is the hope.
This is worth going to the cinema for, leave your expectations behind and relax and enjoy a visually beautiful film. 50 Shades of Grey is on general release everywhere in the UK.
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