So I went to see the long awaited Fifty Shades of Grey movie. My take? 2.5 Stars.
The acting was good. I enjoyed Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan's versions of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. Dakota was especially spot on. Jamie Dornan was probably more benign than I remember the book version of Christian, but he was believable. The story was okay too - I enjoyed their chemistry during conversations and negotiations. I even enjoyed Christian's family at the dinner table and Ana's best friend Kate. Marcia Gay Harden and Eloise Mumford were engaging as Christian's mother and Ana's best friend.
What I didn't like were the most anticipated elements of the movie - Christian and Ana in what Christian called 'The Playroom' and Ana called 'The Red Room of Pain.' It's quite obvious their reasons for the different interpretations. However, the movie made the scenes all too real for me, and I did not enjoy watching them. In fact, I wanted to walk out during the last scene of the movie. It's not that the screenwriters got it wrong. I was the one that got it wrong when I first read the books. I believe my imagination would not allow me to perceive the actual severity of the acts. What I read in the books was much more amorous than what I realize was written. I'm okay with that, because I like my imagination the way it is - harmless and innocent. But watching the movie? It left nothing to my imagination and, therefore, left me startled and disappointed.
But go watch the movie and decide for yourself.
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