Friday, 13 February 2015

Movie Review: 50 Shades of Grey written by EL James directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson ***spoiler alert***

When Anastasia Steele, a literature student, goes to interview the wealthy Christian Grey, as a favor to her roommate Kate Kavanagh, she encounters a beautiful, brilliant and intimidating man. The innocent and naive Ana started to realize she wants him, despite his enigmatic reserve and advice, she finds herself desperate to get close to him. Not able to resist Ana's beauty and independent spirit, Christian Grey admits he wants her too, but in his own terms. Ana hesitates as she discovers the singular tastes of Christian Grey - despite the embellishments of success, his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family - Grey is consumed by the need to control everything.  Written by MischaLeCroix

My Review:  First I want to advise readers that I did read the trilogy and enjoyed it.  I understand there has been a backlash and "boycott" planned of this movie due to some personal views.  I want to point out that I don't intend to sway anyones opinion as this is someones livelihood and hard earned earnings that would be effected, but feel I MUST report my honest opinion.

When I saw the original trailer I wasn't too excited as I wouldn't have chosen who they chose to be Christian or Ana.  Casting must have been very difficult and I couldn't imagine being in their shoes to fit the very descriptive characters portrayed in the books.  It must have also been a tough undertaking to get actors who were in proper physical shape and willing to bare most/all on screen.  I am sad to say that personally the movie did not live up to all the hype in my opinion.  In my view this movie didn't exude the "passion" and "feelings" I related to when reading the books.  I also found a lot of the movie felt to be "glorified porn".  The book includ what the characters are thinking which is VERY important in translating their motives  and actions but this is lost with the movie.  The characters seemed to get lost behind this big bad taboo of BDSM and the play room.

Another problem I have with this film is because the books gained such a strong cult following which will probably translate to more movie would have been nice to see a female actress with a more realistic body type.  I know that a lot of young adults will be looking at this film and strive for this unattainable tiny figure (which by the way was seen naked through most of the movie).  

I found the story to be very true to the book storyline except for the internal dialogues and was surprised by this factor that the film was still only rated R and not NC-17 or XXX.  

I would like to express that in no way did the movie change my opinions about the novels.  They were extraordinary!  I also loved all the scenery views specifically the ones of Seattle (my old stomping ground).  The soundtrack was wicked and at times I found myself gazing in the background and listening to the songs.

I would give this movie a 2 out of 5 as I was not that thrilled with the screenplay version.  I will probably not go see the next 2 (assuming this enterprise survives that long)