FIFTY SHADES OF GREY Satisfies Your Every Desire – A Fan’s Perspective
By Melissa Frost, Fangirlish.com
Fifty Shades of Grey opens with the melodic “I’ve Got A Spell On You” sung by pop veteran Annie Lennox, sinuously revealing the appropriately grey skyline of Seattle, Washington. The audience is introduced to the outrageously attractive and exorbitantly wealthy Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) as he is getting ready for the day. His collection of grey ties is titillating. Simultaneously, we are introduced to Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) as she prepares for her day in a less than spectacular way. She’s the girl that carries an inner beauty awakened (or rather erupted) by carnal desire.
The chemistry between Dakota and Jamie is impeccable. You feel their tension, desire, passion, and compatibility, as if these roles were made for them. Sex is what obviously drives the narrative of Fifty Shades of Grey; however, deeply woven within this fiery passion is an encompassing love story. This film is more about exploring limits in a physical and mental way than it is about BDSM.
Most surprising to me was Dakota’s performance as Anastasia. This young actress puts in the performance of her career in Fifty Shades of Grey. She not only brings Anastasia to life, she gives her life. Dakota adds dimension and personality (did I mention sass?) to a character boldly described as homely and uninspired.
It’s hard to capture the perfect man, rich with good looks and more money than God. Jamie Dornan does an acceptable job at becoming Mr. Grey, but holds back in his performance, not going all the way there. It seems that his personal conventions override his ability to fully become the Dominant. However, with that being said, Jamie is definitely not hard on the eyes. In fact, I can’t look at a man in a suit the same way now. I almost forgot to mention, Jamie was partially lying when he said he wasn’t going full-frontal in this movie… yes, there is a smidgen of that glorious nether region.
As a fan of the book, I’m completely satiated with this film adaptation. Every pivotal scene made it into the film, including many of the sex scenes – vanilla and all! With that being said, this is definitely a movie I would not recommend seeing with a crowd. You will need a seat (or two) buffer between you and that creepy stranger that came to the theater alone and decided to sit next to you. Dakota is naked in a majority of this film, and the sex is plentiful. Fifty Shades of Grey isn’t for the weak. If a little boudoir fun isn’t your cup of tea, this movie isn’t for you. A little role-playing never hurt anyone 😉