It’s not bad, the “Fifty Shades Of Grey” film. Not bad at all. Went to see it last night with low expectations, and actually enjoyed it more than expected to.
Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele is great: funny, spirited, beautiful. The film looks very stylish: lush colours, shiny buildings. It’s directed by an artist: Sam Taylor Johnson, and this shows. There are helicopters and planes and very expensive flats with beautiful interiors. Jennifer Ehle is beautiful and great, if underused, as Anastasia’s love addict Mum: reminds me of the Bolter – Linda’s much-married mother in “The Pursuit of Love”:
“But I think she would have been happy with Fabrice, I said. He was the great love of her life, you know.”
“Oh dulling,” my mother said. “One always thinks that. Every, every time.”
Must be getting old: the Elizabeth Bennet of the “Pride And Prejudice” of my day is now playing the heroine’s Mum in this generation’s romantic blockbuster.
It’s a lot funnier and archer and more knowing than was expecting. Anna is always sucking a pencil with Grey emblazoned on it. Christian has a huge display case of ties in – you’ve guessed it – different shades of grey.
Anna’s flatmate Kate is good, although as my male chum pointed out, she must be about thirty five. The girls seem older than the twenty one they’re meant to be, which is good. Anna’s awful internal monologues have been discarded.
There are a few weaknesses, of course:
1. Lack of plot.
2. Jamie Dornan just isn’t strong enough for Christian Grey. He seems like a male model, and not a very buff one at that. There’s no sense of authority about him that suggests he’s a powerful billionaire or head of a huge company. He doesn’t seem very bright either.
3. All the BDSM stuff just isn’t very nice. There has been a lot written about this, so am not going to dwell on it. Suffice to say: the red room of pain and the characters’ interactions in there are not sexy.
4. Apparently Johnson and Dornan didn’t get on with each other and it shows. There’s no chemistry between them.
5. There isn’t a proper ending. The film rattles on for two hours and then stops dead. It could lose at least 30 minutes of that I think.
Anyway, anyone else seen it? What do you think?