Where to begin with this one. I read the trilogy, several times. I enjoyed it–hence the multiple readings. I knew going in to have low expectations for the movie. I never go to the movies, but for my budding blog career, I thought it was necessary that I watch and review the eagerly anticipated and most over-hyped romance movie that the world has ever seen.
From the movie trailers I saw, it did not appear that Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson had any on-screen chemistry. This was also true in the movie. Dornan, while cute, was not Christian Grey Drop-Dead gorgeous. Nor did he have the presence of someone who commanded the type of power, success, ambition, intelligence… He just wasn’t Christian to me.
That said, Dornan clearly had his own interpretation of the role–I just didn’t care for it or think it rang true to the book. Similarly, Ana was feistier in the book than Johnson’s on-screen character. I’m not sure what her interpretation was of Ana other than that of someone whose personality is slightly more interesting than a cardboard box.
The movie was dull, slow-moving, and uninteresting. (And as a small aside–why does it take 20 minutes for a movie to even start these days? Movies aren’t that good in general anymore so does one really need to see just shy of half an hour of trailers for movies no one wants to see anyway? They’re making a Hot Tub Time Machine 2–for the love of all things, WHY?!?!?! But I digress…)
At just over 2 hours, it’s amazing that more from the book–which I re-read last night for comparison purposes–wasn’t incorporated into the movie. Some of the more memorable lines were–and I will say, overall, the dialogue was a bit better in the movie than in the book–but we all know, the book wasn’t well-written. Essentially, Hollywood took a poorly written book and made a poorly performed movie. And all that sex in the book? NOT in the movie. Let’s be honest here, if it was going to capture the essence of the book, it would’ve needed a rating of NC-17.
And while on the subject of straying from the heart of the book–the major interactions with supporting characters were just flat out missing. Kate and Ana didn’t interact all that much. The ever-present Taylor in the book was only marginally included in the movie. Mia, played by Rita Ora, who is fun and brings levity to the book had 1 scene in the movie. In my opinion, this was a huge missed opportunity and probably could’ve helped the movie. Hello people, you had Marcia Gay Harden!
Since movies are on Netflix and cable in no time these days, if you feel compelled to see it, wait until it’s on something you already pay for, but by all means, don’t waste more money.