Fifty Shades of Grey has been seen. Beyond the usual movie review rhetoric, what are the seven things that we took away from visiting Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in his erotic playroom?
Sam Taylor-Johnson directed the heck out of a "romance" that is unlike anything people have seen... well, since 9 1/2 Weeks.
What else did we leave the theater thinking about?
Check out our 7 takeaways from witnessing Fifty Shades of Grey!
Dakota Johnson Is a Find
The doe-eyed actress could not have been better cast. So much about Anastasia Steele could have been cliched and something we’ve seen in a million other movie characters. And given that Dakota Johnson was provided with so little in terms of true character growth in the Fifty Shades of Grey book or on the screen, Johnson truly nails it. Might we say, a star is born.
The Sex Is Not That Kinky
Sure, a lot of kinky stuff is shown in Christian Grey’s play room. But, this is a Hollywood movie after all that is not rated NC-17 or X. There’s only so much they can show, but there is lots that is alluded to. Honestly 9 ½ Weeks was much more risqué than this EL James page-to-screen effort.
The Sex Is Laughable
Yup, either because it is so outrageously funny (and clearly not meant to be) or the audience emitted nervous laughter, much of what Christian does to Anastasia produces slap your knee laughs that go on for minutes. Yes, we went there. Every time Ana gets slapped, we slap our knee in laughter. Hey, it’s true.
Why Is Christian So Dominant?
Sure, why Christian Grey is taken with S&M is explained in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, but it’s never really touched on more than a plot point mention here and there. And speaking of laughs during serious moments, when he reveals something about his early years to Ana, it is so out of left field, that much of what he said wound up being washed out by laughter.
Sam Taylor-Johnson Could Make Mud Look Good
Sam Taylor-Johnson, like Johnson, was the right person for the job. What she did with camera angles and her cinematography truly saved Fifty Shades of Grey from being the next Showgirls. Although there is one thing…
Jamie Dornan Close-Up
Why, oh why, do we need a close-up of Jamie Dornan’s pubic hair as he takes off his jeans? Just why? If you’re alluding to the Full Monty, then just go there.
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