I never thought seeing a movie like 50 Shades would make me want to do some of the things shown, but it did. I’ll get to that in a minute.
First, there is some beautiful cinematography in the movie, where the camera zeros in on certain things. A hand gripping the edge of a desk, which shows a ton of emotion without dialogue. A pencil that Anna chews on…also another great shot. I thought the sensual scenes were well done. Not crude.
However, the movie is not for the weak hearted. There’s plenty of nudity, and some foul language. That’s been widely reported, but yet, one woman still brought her daughter, who looked to be about thirteen! I could not believe it!! Made me wonder what that child sees in everyday life???? Call me a prude, but I think movies like Shades should have a strict policy of no one admitted under 17, regardless of parental consent. Let’s face it, there are a lot of idiot parents out there!
In my opinion, Dakota Johnson is perfectly cast as Anastasia Steele. A balanced combination of innocence and self-confidence, especially when deciding about Christian Grey, played by Jamie Dornan. Unfortunately, I didn’t find his portrayal as engaging as hers. That had more to do with his physical appeal than acting ability. He’s a model, so there isn’t much to him. I really didn’t see him as dominating.
That’s strictly a personal opinion, I’m sure others will LUV Jamie Dornan. Several women in the audience did, and let it be known.
That brings me to the part where I was influenced by the movie. There was a loud-mouthed woman in the audience who had something to say about most every scene. Before the end of the movie, I wanted to bind her, gag her, and whip her…all the way to the front door!
I suppose if I rated the movie, I’d give it 3 stars. It wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t fantastic. I felt the same about the book. I’ve never understood what all the fuss is about. I’ve read much worse…and seen more erotic scenes in other movies (Coming Home, 91/2 Weeks) that haven’t gotten the hype this one has….or maybe they did back in the day, and I’ve forgotten.
I’m old…I do that sometimes.