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Now to the movie. I was looking forward to seeing it as I was very curious on how it was going to be played out on the big screen. And when the original casting came out with Charlie Hunnam, I was stoked, because as a fan of the TV show Sons of Anarchy I thought he could totally pull off the Christian Grey role. And I wasn't sure about Dakota Johnson portraying Anastasia Steele, having only seen her small part in The Social Network but she seemed cute enough. Well then Charlie dropped out and Jamie Dornan was cast. And at the time I only knew who he was from years back when he was a Calvin Klein model who dated actress Kiera Knightley.
So I looked him up on internet and found out he starred in a BBC television show called, The Fall, where his character Paul Spector, is a serial killer. I binged watched all of the episodes on Netflix and thought not only was the show very well done, Jamie was great in it. So I figured he'd probably be good as Christian Grey, though I know many who didn't feel the same way.
Especially over the past few months and more specifically in the past few weeks, I've read and heard tons of negative reviews about the movie and the casting. Everything from how there was a lack of chemistry between Dornan and Johnson to how degrading the plot was to women.
That said, I never go by critics reviews, there are tons of movies I absolutely adore that were panned by many people. Can't please everyone. And I would think one would have to be living under a rock to not know what Fifty Shades of Grey is about. But what I think some people forget is that it's just a MOVIE and not a PSA (public service announcement). It's fictional characters in a fictional story for entertainment purposes. If one is offended at the fact that there's BDSM (bondage & discipline, domination & submission, sadism & masochism) then just don't go see it.
In regards to the BDSM in the movie, most of it was eluded to and anything closely hardcore was shown in a way that wasn't too over the top. And without spoiling it for those who haven't read the book or haven't seen the movie yet, there's only one specific time where the action of 'punishing' was hard to watch, but not because of the actual act, more so of the effectiveness of Ana's pain, both physically and emotionally. I credit Dakota Johnson for adding many layers to that scene and the character itself. And to the critics that stated Jamie Dornan wasn't convincing as a Dominant, I don't know much about BDSM but he was pretty convincing to me. He sure looked like he knew was he was doing and portrayed Grey as being conflicted by it.
Plus Grey isn't supposed to be a 'fun and carefree' kind of guy, at least in the book he didn't come off like that. He's reserved and kind of lacking in personality. That's not an insult, it's just the way he is and I thought Jamie did a great job conveying that.
I believed the chemistry between them worked. But I do know chemistry is subjective, so maybe not all agree with me.
The movie itself was beautifully shot. Director Sam Taylor-Johnson put a lot of effort into the aesthetics and scenery. The buildings, Christian's office, his penthouse, even Ana's apartment, had such great detail, that it was pleasing to watch. Plus I also think the director did a great job showing why Ana was so torn about Christian and his alternative lifestyle.
There was a good balance between the amount of sex scenes and their relationship outside of them. And honestly I felt the scenes were tastefully done, even the more 'adventurous' ones. Nothing too graphic, though it was an R-rating, not NC-17. There was nudity, more so on Dakota's part, which I give her major props for it cause she had to strip down to nothing quite a few times and that couldn't have been easy to do on a movie set and for the whole world to see on the big screen.
Overall, I really liked it. I went in with an open mind and was pleasantly surprised. The supporting cast was good and the soundtrack is awesome. The movie doesn't take itself too seriously so neither should the movie goers who choose to see it. It probably isn't for everyone but that could be said for most movies. To each his/her own I say.
- Heather Carnassale aka the Delusional Novelist