Fifty Shades of Grey, the trilogy book series by E.L. James, which has been adapted into a 2015 blockbuster movie, has its share of fans and detractors, much like the novels themselves. The film adaptation stars Jamie Dornan (The Fall) and Dakota Johnson (Need for Speed) in the lead roles of billionaire businessman Christian Grey and soon-to-be English Literature graduate Anastasia (Ana) Steele. According to sources, both actors have signed on for all three movies based on the trilogy series, and this first film has stayed true to the first novel’s plot (or lack thereof depending on varying opinions). However, there are questions raised in the film that should be addressed. Here are some random thoughts about the film, Fifty Shades of Grey.
The audience is introduced to the powerful and sleek Grey in his impeccable surroundings. Everything is meticulous, clean, and sterile at first sight, yet as Fifty Shades of Grey progresses, viewers see the tormented businessman in various forms of dress, included ripped and holy jeans during Bondage/Domination/Sadomasochism (BDSM) scenes. Are faded blue jeans the new bondage outfit for the 21 Century? The scenes seemed out-of-character and bizarre for the notoriously erotic Fifty Shades of Grey legacy.
Another random thought about the film was the vague details given regarding Grey House and how the young entrepreneur amassed his empire and fortune. Fifty Shades of Grey does not reveal exactly what Grey does for a living or the origins of his business. Over the course of a two-hour and change film, viewers would expect to be given some insight into it. However, there were really no details given at all. It stands to reason Fifty Shades of Grey will likely reveal more details in the two upcoming films, but that remains to be seen.
The following random thought was a sticking point as a writer and journalist. Ana’s roommate and friend, Kate, who was portrayed by Eloise Mumford (Reckless) in the film version of Fifty Shades of Grey, apparently graduated at the top of her class from journalism school, yet called in sick and sent her inexperienced friend to conduct an important interview? That was wrong on so many levels. Why not reschedule the interview or ask a work colleague to stand in for her? No amount of creative license in Fifty Shades of Grey could excuse that error.
Another Fifty Shades of Grey plot point that did not hold up was Ana’s mother missing her daughter’s college graduation due to her husband’s broken foot. First of all, it is her mother’s fourth husband and Ana’s father died when she was young, so would it harm the mother or her marriage to come on her own without her hubby to support her hardworking daughter? It certainly would have mattered to Ana. Luckily, the stepfather who raised Ana, Ray, knew his priorities and actually showed up to support the young graduate. Moreover, it was apparent from Ana’s demeanor, wardrobe, car, and backstory that she worked her way through college, which makes her graduation all the more rewarding and hard-earned. This point will segway nicely into the next random thought about the film, Fifty Shades of Grey.
Ana, the English literature student, worked her way through school at a hardware store? How realistic is this scenario? Would not one reason that a college student majoring in English literature would seek out a job more in line with her future career ambitions? Not that the audience is given much detail about Ana’s career goals in the first Fifty Shades of Grey film installment. Of course, if Ana was not employed at the hardware store, then Fifty Shades of Grey viewers might have lost out on the shopping trip exchange between Christian and Ana when he purchased some of his BDSM gear for future use with the co-ed. Tape, rope, and cable ties, oh my!
One of the most paradoxical random thoughts about the film, Fifty Shades of Grey, lies in the concept of Christian’s whole BDSM lifestyle, which he does not really seem to relish in or even enjoy. He spends most of Fifty Shades of Grey attempting to lure Ana into a lifestyle he seems to be both disgusted and bored by in equal parts via a salacious contract. Despite all of Christian’s claims to the contrary, it becomes very apparent that he wants a modern-day “normal” romance and relationship with Ana, but is not sure of the boundaries outside of his BDSM proclivities.
Now that Fifty Shades of Grey has been adapted into a 2015 blockbuster movie, the film has found its share of fans and detractors, much like the novels themselves. The film adaptation is based on the trilogy book series by E.L. James, and stars Jamie Dornan (The Fall) and Dakota Johnson (Need for Speed) in the lead roles of billionaire businessman Christian Grey and soon-to-be English Literature graduate Anastasia (Ana) Steele. It has been reported that both actors have signed on for all three films based on the trilogy series. Whatever questions have been raised in the first film installment of Fifty Shades of Grey will hopefully be addressed in the two future installments yet to come. Until then, viewers and critics alike will likely have many random thoughts about the film, Fifty Shades of Grey.
Opinion and Review By Leigh Haugh
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