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Fifty Shades of Grey (UMHiram Review)
Fifty Shades of Grey
"Like a moth to a flame burned by the fire, my love is blind can't you see my desire ..." These lyrics are from Janet Jackson's 1993 Grammy Award winning song "That's The Way Love Goes." These few words would describe the beginning stages of the unconventional love story between Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey.
Intense, guarded, controlling and dark are the main characteristics I would use to describe the introduction to 27-year old billionaire Christian Grey. It was intriguing to see how he struggled with facing the demons of his past coupled with unexpectedly meeting the woman of his dreams.
He never felt out of his element and always seemed to be in control of everything pertaining to his life until Anastasia Steele fell into his office, literally. She sparked a change in him, his outlook on life and how he started to view his future from his present state of being.
She was introduced as an innocent, carefree, highly intelligent and naïve young woman. However, there was always this underlying quiet strength to her character which began to come to the forefront as this unconventional love story unfolded. As she embraced her newfound womanhood courtesy of Christian, Anastasia chose to embark on a journey that would test every fiber of her being.
Ultimately, Christian pushed Anastasia to the point where she found the strength to walk away even though it broke her heart to do so. But, as we know that was not the end of their love story, it was just the beginning as well as a coming of age moment for self-conscious young woman.
Book vs. Movie Adaptation
In my opinion, the movie adaptation stayed true to the journey of Christian and Anastasia's non-traditional relationship as detailed in E.L. James "Fifty Shades of Grey" book. It displayed a combination of the innocence, eroticism and emotional rollercoaster this couple dealt with as they were figuring out the definition of what they meant to each other - "The Submissive" vs. "The More."
Actors Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan captured the very essence of both leading characters. There were moments of intensity, edgy sexiness and comic relief. I think the pace of the storytelling was great as it built to the suspenseful finish to the first phase of this dynamic relationship.
Director Sam Taylor-Johnson did an excellent job visually chronicling through and highlighting as much of the pivotal moments in the book on screen as she could in the two-hour five-minute film. Overall, I think the movie was a great adaptation of the first book of this best-selling trilogy.
One Down, Two To Go
Although the first installment of this trilogy ended with Anastasia choosing to walk away, it will be interesting to see how the second book "Fifty Shades Darker" is brought to life on screen as Christian and his lady love decide to work things out without dealing with the details of the contract outside of the playroom. Additionally, there will be other outside forces that they will have to contend with so I believe that it will definitely be worth the wait.
It looks like there will be a 2017 film release for the second installment of this book series. Additionally, I hope that the original cast returns because it will be great to see how the characters evolve for the next storyline on screen.
*One thing that I would like to address is that I know there has been a lot of emphasis on the BDSM aspect of the book; however, my review is based a majority on the complexity of the characters and their unique background stories.