"Going in, I was keeping my expectations low because so much hype has been built around this film that the only way it could go is downhill, unless there would be some academy-worthy acting, or a screenplay that just killed. 'Fifty Shades' turns out to have more sex that SEX AND THE CITY and more intensity than TWILIGHT (but for the grown girls). I guess that tells you who the target audience is right?
To my surprise, the first act had wit and humor and intensity than Sex and the City
and is much more intelligent and far more sexual than Twilight, even at times crossing into the realm of a romantic comedy. But seriously folks, this movie is quite erotic and hyper-sexual so if you’re queezy about seeing naked bodies doing the wild thang, then definitely avoid this film.
Here’s the deal; Anastasia is about to graduate from college. Before that, she agrees to stand in for her sick roommate for a scheduled interview with the young handsome Seattle billionaire Christian Grey. As the interview progresses, Christian realizes that he is attracted to Anastasia in a powerful way, and Ana is fascinated with him as well. The billionare hunk is so drawn to the awkwardly sweet, easy-going college girl from a middle class family, that he goes after her with all he’s got. Her dazzles her, and seduces her, but then it gets very interesting as the love story gets more sexual, and much more edgy. This is where the controversy emerges because as soon as he learns that Anastasia is a virgin Christian takes his pursuits to a new and fascinating level because we learn that he is a “dominant” and wants her to be his “submissive.”
No spoilers here, but I will say that Johnson, is a solid actor who’s fun to watch, and her body is captured as the erotic landscape that Christian explores at length. The second act could possibly be described as a high-budget softcore porn film that wrestled with love, desire, sex, dominance, choice and psychological instability. You watch both characters evolve in ways that were surprising and refreshing because the young couple impacted one another so much that they both had to make hard choices, and difficult compromises to preserve their unique relationship.
Again, this is not a film to see if your looking for a high-concept brain challenging thriller. It’s a twisted, erotic, relationship-driven fantasy romance film that takes you inside an intriguing relationship.
By Tony C. Lesesne