The book follows the story of college graduate Anastasia Steele, who falls for the wealthy businessman Christian Grey, after interviewing him as a favor to her roommate. Despite his distant persona, Ana finds herself desperate to get close to this enigmatic stranger. She hesitates though as she discovers Christian’s obsessive need to control everything in his life, and the impact this has on his physical relationships.
Given the success of the book, it was almost inevitable that a movie would be made, and much to the delight of Fifty Shades fans around the world, the film came out earlier this year. Starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, it has been filling cinemas around the globe.
One of the great advantages that the film has over the novel, is the fact that it doesn't rely on an inner monologue to describe every last detail of the steamy love affair. Instead, the camera tells the story from Ana’s point of view. Meanwhile, despite rumors that they don’t get along off camera, the stars have real on-screen chemistry, and this also helps to carry the movie. Johnson is especially good, portraying Ana as a vulnerable, yet prickly and compelling character.
The movie doesn't go quite as full throttle in the sex stakes as the book. Although the intensity and heat builds throughout the film, it never gets red hot. In fact, it remains well within the realms of mainstream cinematic material, and you can now find both the movie and series of 50 Shades of Grey books are available from plenty of retailers including Tesco.
While the responses to this movie have been decidedly mixed, it’s a highly watchable film that more than does justice to the book it’s based on. Perfectly portrayed by Johnson and Dornan, the characters really come to life in this slick and stylish flick. It may not go down in history as a classic, but this onscreen exploration into the darker side of romance is certainly well worth a watch.
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