Sunday, October 16, 2016

Movie review: Fifty Shades of Grey

Based on the novel, Fifty Shades of Grey follows the erotic relationship of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. Ten years her senior, wealthy Christian has unusual and specific tastes in which Anastasia quickly becomes very interested.

Dakota Johnson (Anastasia), Jamie Dornan (Christian), Jennifer Ehle (Carla), Eloise Mumford (Kate), Victor Rasuk (Jose), Luke Grimes (Elliot Grey), Marcia Harden (Mrs. Grey), Rita Ora (Mia Grey), Callum Rennie (Ray).

Fifty Shades of Grey is an interesting story following the formation of an erotic relationship between Christian and Anastasia, who finds his unusual tastes interesting. Having not read the book I can't make a comparison, but without a doubt many of the films critical reviews seem based on the book instead.
The relationship expressed here was not only consensual, but Christian was very communicative about his interests and respected the limits Ana set. At the same time I would say the relationship negotiations, which are only mildly represented in the film, are more than I have seen from most in the lifestyle.
Regardless, the film is an interesting look at BDSM from a relationship structure perspective with drama and emotion thrown in to round things out.

Acting was decent with Johnson delivering quite nicely in a variety of, what I'm sure were challenging, situations. Her chemistry with Dornan also worked well in the film. Dornan was good but came across as somewhat dry and detached at times. Rasuk, Rennie, and the remainder of the cast in much smaller roles supported nicely.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were enjoyable with good attention to detail. Color and furnishings were well used to support the theme of the film. Action scenes were mild but good. Dialogue was nicely done and added good depth to the film. Sound and soundtrack were good.

Overall Fifty Shades of Grey just isn't for everyone. Apparently those who have read the book will probably not enjoy the film. Likewise those who are offended by BDSM or unusual erotic relationships may not enjoy this one.

With plenty of strong sexuality, nudity, adult situations, and some foul language, save this one for adults and above.

Released: 2015
Reviewed: 10.5.16
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Drama, Romance, Romantic Drama, Steamy Romance

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