A wealthy, older man and a naïve college student engage in an intense relationship marked by the exploration of erotic extremes.
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I know it’s very cliche that the only woman on the New on Netflix review team would be the one to review ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, and you’re probably thinking that I’m one of the millions of women across the world that devoured the books when they became a sensation back in 2012. Well I didn’t, in fact I’ve not read a single one, nor did I jump at the chance to see it on the big screen when it was released in 2015, instead I waited it out for it’s inevitable Netflix debut.
The film begins with Anastasia Steele’s roommate Kate Kavanaugh (Eloise Mumford) giving Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) a list of questions and the directions to the Grey Enterprises Building. Kate is meant to be going to meet and interview Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) for the college graduation programme but has been struck down with flu. When she meets Christian Grey, Anastasia is clearly intimidated by him and also clearly lusting after him; at the same time Christian is clearly lusting after Anastasia.
After the meeting Christian starts chasing after Anastasia who keeps rejecting his advances until he proves himself to be a gentleman by looking after her when she gets drunk, taking her back to his home letting her sleep in his bed while he sleeps on the sofa and leaving food her for when she wakes. This is where the film starts getting interesting as Christian shows Anastasia his ‘Play Room’ and she freaks out. I think that this is where I should point out that this is not a porn film in any way and if that is what you are looking for this is definitely not the film for you.
The plot line now becomes a power struggle between Christian who likes to be in control and Anastasia who also, albeit more subtly, wants to be in control. If you have read various reports of how this series of books and films is glorifying marital rape and the pressuring of others to do want you want to do sexually then I would recommend you watch ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and make up your own mind – it certainly didn’t feel that way to me. Christian has a list of things that he likes to do and would like to do to and with Anastasia but he never makes her do anything that she says no to.
The acting by both Dakota and Jamie is fantastic and really believable, the cinematography is brilliant, especially the aerial shots in the helicopter. Sam Taylor-Johnson directs the bedroom scenes in “Fifty Shades of Grey” in such a way as not to be sordid or pornographic and these only form a small part of the film anyway.
As someone who never had any interest in reading the books by E.L. James I thoroughly enjoyed watching “Fifty Shades of Grey” which shows that you don’t have to have been a fan of the books to enjoy this film; this does mean that I can’t say how closely the film follows the source material, however if you’ve watched the film and read the book please let us know in the comments below if the film makes full use of the ‘based on’ tagline or if it is actually quite close to the book.
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