I am on the fence with this one
Summary : When college senior Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) steps in for her sick roommate to interview prominent businessman Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) for their campus paper, little does she realize the path her life will take.
RELEASE DATE: February 13, 2015
STUDIO: Universal Pictures
DIRECTOR: Sam Taylor-Johnson
MPAA RATING: R (strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behavior and graphic nudity, and for language)
SCREENWRITERS: Mark Bomback, Kelly Marcel
STARRING: Victor Rasuk, Marcia Gay Harden, Callum Keith Rennie, Jennifer Ehle, Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Max Martini, Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford, Rita Ora
DURATION: 2 hrs and 4 minutes
Just the names Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele remind you of Harlequin Romance characters. White horses, tender kisses and happy ever after is what you would expect until you open the book written by E.L James or view the screenplay adaption by Kelly Marcel.
Last night I viewed the screen version expecting scenes that would embarrass and or terrify me in the playroom (since I read the book). Instead I actually was entertained in the first half of the movie. One liners usually spoken by the Anastasia to Christian were bold, strong and funny. The audience responded to the humor. Gradually though the action dives into darkness losing the characters interaction. Now I am not a prude by any means but was disappointed that the S&M scenes got boring after a while. I started thinking what I have to do when I get home and when the movie will get back to exploring the reasons for their behaviors. It never did. Sex is predominant in many movies these days. Done tastefully and when the scene fits is acceptable. Sometimes it felt like they were not in the same scenes. He did not look satisfied and looked like he was apologizing for the scene. The chemistry just wasn’t there.
An interesting fact about this movie is there is a cast of 40. Can’t remember any of their names or why they were in the movie. Makes you think can two actors pull off a movie like this alone?
To say it was a bad movie would be wrong; to say it was the best would also be incorrect. If you’re curious go see it. If not, save your money and wait for on demand.