Featured image: Fifty Shades of Grey
“When Anastasia Steele, a literature student, goes to interview the wealthy Christian Grey as a favor to her roommate Kate Kavanagh, she encounters a beautiful, brilliant and intimidating man. The innocent and naive Ana starts to realize she wants him. Despite his enigmatic reserve and advice, she finds herself desperate to get close to him. Not able to resist Ana’s beauty and independent spirit, Christian Grey admits he wants her too, but on his own terms. Ana hesitates as she discovers the singular tastes of Christian Grey. Despite the embellishments of success, his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, and his loving family, Grey is consumed by the need to control everything (www.imdb.com).”
Sam Taylor-Johnson brings a controversial novel to the big screen in her second film as a director. We see all sorts of characters, but the audience is introduced to a rather different topic in the movie. With all the anticipation leading up to the release of this film, we found ourselves wondering where the movie falls on the scale.
Fifty Shades of Grey is based on the infamous novel of the same name by E. L. James. The movie features Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, the innocent love-struck female protagonist of the film and novel, and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey, the young, handsome, business- savvy, and charming man with a “dark” side. Dakota Johnson did a wonderful job portraying Anastasia, with her amazing facial expressions. She gave off an air of actually “being” Anastasia Rose Steele in E. L. James’s hit novel. We have previously seen Johnson in small roles in movies like The Social Network and 21 Jump Street; however, her performance in Fifty Shade of Grey was truly exceptional.
There were several aspects of the film that caught my attention such as the soundtrack and the dialogue between characters. The soundtrack featured new pieces of music from various artists such as Beyoncé, Sia, and Ellie Goulding. The music was quite fitting for the moments it was used in the film and did not take away from the reason the viewer is actually in the theater for: to see the movie. In regards to the script, there were some instances that did not truly match up with the novel. The first is when Ana and Christian have their first encounter at Christian’s home. There are several instances throughout the movie that Ana tells Christian “no” and argues with him. These moments did not actually happen in the book and can be quite misleading about Ana’s character. The reality is that Ana was quite submissive to Christian and rarely disagreed with him on anything, unless they were discussing something major.
After reading the novel and watching the movie, this reviewer has come to one conclusion: You are better off reading the book than going to see the movie.