My feelings toward the Fifty Shades of Grey movie can be described as inconsistent at best. I never really went gaga over the prospect of a movie adaptation because I just didn’t think that these books would translate well on screen. I was worried that it would come off as pornographic, and the emotional nuances would be missing. But once the release drew closer, I got swept away by the hype. But then when it was released, I couldn’t bring myself to watch it because of what I kept hearing. So I waited until all the noise died down, and watched it when I was ready.
I’m happy to say that, although this movie wasn’t my favorite book-to-movie production, I can say it wasn’t the worst! 😉 Let’s be honest, this was never going to be a best picture winner. All I hoped for was that it stayed true to the story and that the actors captured the essence of the characters.
Overall, I was happy with it. I was initially skeptical of the casting of Anastasia, because Dakota Johnson just wasn’t who I pictured. Well, I was wrong to doubt her. She truly brought Ana to life, and in fact, I liked the Ana seen in the movie more than I liked the Ana on the page. Dakota’s interpretation of her was strong, witty, and confident. She brought a levity to the character that I didn’t see when I read the first book. Loved it!
Now, let’s talk about Jamie’s Christian. I’m going to be his defender. I thought he did a good job with his portrayal. I was excited when he was casted because I fell in love with Dornan when he played another brooding hottie – Sheriff Graham – on Once Upon a Time, so I didn’t think Christian would be a stretch for him. I’ve heard criticisms that he came of as stiff and creepy in the movie, and my response to those criticisms usually goes something like this. “Um, wasn’t Christian awkward and creepy in the first book?” I know that we see Christian in a different light now – after experiencing the complete series, and fully understanding his motivations, but let’s be real, he was totally stalerish and awkward in “Fifty Shades of Grey”. I thought that Jamie’s performance was nuanced. It was all in his eyes and subtly displayed on his face. I liked that. I think he did a good job staying guarded and keeping Christian closed off so that we saw him as Ana saw him in the beginning. My favorite scene of his was the one after the photoshoot, when he’s watching her so intensely as she tells him about her family. Look at his face after she says she’s a romantic. The silent freak out before he pushes her away. Yeah…loved it. He didn’t reveal his motivations, which legitimized Ana’s heart break in the end. She just wanted him to open up! I’m looking forward to watching his ice melt in the next movies. I’m also looking forward to him working on his accent more. He went in and out a bit during this movie (he’s lucky he as a hot ass accent so I didn’t really mind).
As far as the other actors are concerned…were there any other actors? Kidding! They were great. I particularly loved Eloise Mumford. Her scenes with Dakota were exactly how I pictured Ana and Kate’s relationship. Oh, and how cute was Marcia Gay Harden?! But seriously, this was all about the two leads and their chemistry, which I thought was pretty fucking hot (side note: I didn’t watch this in theaters; I watched the unrated version, so I’m sure what I saw was sexier than what moviegoers saw on screen). So sexy!!!
All in all, I’d give this movie a C+/B- for enjoyability. I’ve already watched it twice, so it’s passed the re-watch test. I keep smiling at the scenes between Jamie and Dakota. I love the moments when they’re looking at the other when they aren’t aware. Especially when Jamie/Christian is watching Dakota/Ana (interview scene, helicopter ride, negotiation scene, glider scene). I’m a happy book nerd right now, and I’m going to lose it before the next movie comes out. Now I have to go read Darker and Freed!
51 Thoughts While Watching Fifty Shades of Grey
1. Focus. I can’t believe Focus features produced this. I love their movies!
2. I love this song!
3. She’s funny.
4. He’s cute.
5. Yep, he’s Irish.
6. He’s cold.
7. He’s intense and awkward. Yep, he’s Christian.
8. I need to change my name to Anastasia.
9. Jose is cuter in the books.
10. Elliott is definitely cuter in the books.
11. That toast scene was cute.
12. Ana’s head tilt says to me,”You don’t do romance? But you’re from a romance novel…”
13. The lip thing is annoying.
14. Yes, let’s rectify the situation.
15. Such a nice ass.
16. Well, this business meeting wasn’t in the book. I love it.
17. He’s so cute.
18. They’re so cute together.
19. Ha! Who’s the dominant now?
20. Laters, baby.
21. He’s so awkward.
22. I love him.
23. I can’t believe you missed her graduation. And now you wanna give advice? Girl, bye.
24. Braid my hair!
25. I love him.
26. Smelling her panties? Freak.
27. Damn, he’s fine in those jeans.
29. Aye! That looked painful.
30. “Dance with me.” Cute.
31. Ana, why are you so needy? Leave him alone!
32. Don’t be sad, Christian. 🙁
33. What’s wrong with first class?
34. You’re right though…he’s controlling as hell.
35. I love him.
36. Ana’s thinking, “Yes, I’m having another Cosmo! Stalker.”
37. I love him.
38. That looks so cool!!
39. He’s so cute. I love him.
40. Shit! My Apple TV is down.
41. Okay, we’re back.
42. What is this choir music they’re playing while he’s whipping her?
43. Girl, don’t ask if you don’t want to hear the answer.
44. Six times doesn’t sound so bad…
45. Never mind.
46. You shouldn’t have asked.
47. Stop hurting him.
48. Of course she loves you. We all love you, you idiot.
49. Stop hurting her. Don’t leave!
50. Sad montage. 😥
51. What the hell? It’s over?!?!!