On Friday night I went to see Fifty Shades of Grey with my boyfriend. I was quite happy to go alone as I couldn’t find anyone who wanted to see it, but I think he was intrigued as to what all the fuss was all about so he tagged along.
Does it live up to the hype? I think it depends on a) whether you have read the books and b) what you were expecting. If you’ve read the book you understand the small things that aren’t shown in the film, and why Christian is the way he is. This won’t be shown until the next film but I think it’s good to have the context. My boyfriend made the comment ‘Christian is sick’, which is probably true to someone taking it at face value, without reading all thee books – but we know the reason behind the behaviour. Some of the scenes translate to some really awkward scenes on screen but I just think it emphasises the niavety of Anastasia.
There has been a lot of hate for the film, even before it’s release, commenting on how the film is showing an abusive relationship and is a danger to impressionable young women. Firstly, everything in the relationship is consensual. The relationship Christian outlines may not look healthy to the majority of people, but it works for all parties involved and they agree to all aspects of it. Just because it isn’t healthy for you, doesn’t make it unhealthy for everyone else. Christian asks Anastasia multiple times if she is OK with it, telling her she can leave, but she choses not to.
We start to see that the relationship with Anastasia changes the dynamics of Christians usual relationship, to the extent that he relaxes on the contract and just wants to be with her, with some form of ‘rules’ of course – but even if this wasn’t the case, there is nothing wrong with the relationship, after all it is fiction anyway…
If you are expecting porn, go online and watch some as this isn’t for you. Expect some pretty intense sex scenes, a lot of boobs and Jamie Dornan looking mighty fine. Although he isn’t my Christian Grey he plays the part really well. Dakota Johnson is also amazing and the chemistry the two have is unreal.
If you do go and watch it be prepared for the fact you’ll have to see the next films, it ends of a pretty big cliff hanger, which I suppose is pretty frustrating, but it’s the same as the books – roll on the next film.
Would I see it again? Yes, so if anyone is looking for someone to go with, I’ll be there! If you don’t like the idea of Fifty Shades of Grey, don’t read/watch it just so you can have an opinion, spend your time doing something constructive. There are plenty of books that actually promote/discuss rape, murder etc – so why aren’t they under the limelight when brought to the big screen? Why do we all seem scared of anything other than ‘vanilla’ sex? The film is an 18, not a PG!