‘Mr Grey will see you now.’ It feels like for almost a year, these words have become imbedded in the deepest parts of our brains followed by the thrilling tune of the sexed up version of Beyonce’s ‘Crazy in Love’ rendition, as the media consumed us with endless updates on arguably the most controversial film of its decade.
Right from the beginning we were kept eagerly waiting to see who would be cast for the role that would in time become iconic and guarantee in making a global star out of the actor and also the actress who played alongside him. Then began the shooting of the movie in Vancouver, months later came the unrevealing trailer that did nothing to subside anyone’s curiosity in fact all it did was intrigue and enthral even more. But then we were rewarded with released music from the movie’s pulsating sound-track that began to excite those who weren’t even remotely interested before, and then as the days were counted down until the zealously anticipated movie would be released; fifty second teasers were flaunted across the internet and then finally the film premiered in London on the 13th February 2015 just in time for Valentines Day.
Dakota Johnson and Britain’s very own Jamie Dornan welcomed their movie that has since whipped records in sales taking in $240million globally in it’s opening weekend proving that sex does in fact sell. These are just some of the noteworthy highlights that epitomise the waiting fascination that is 50 Shades of Grey.
The Director of the film, Sam Taylor-Johnson, has to be credited for the tasteful and almost elegant way she decided to portray and translate the story on to film. Let’s face it the plot was always seen as something unorthodox which made people begin to assess whether Mr Grey’s ‘unconventional’ love habits were in any shape or form appropriate to romanticise on such a large scale. As a female Director, it was important for Taylor-Johnson to defend her movie and convince women that the film is in fact pretty feminist. When watching the film, it’s easy to see what she means, Steele’s character manages to find humour in much of Christian’s manners and customs. She has all of the control during the film, she is assured that she doesn’t have to do anything she doesn’t want to and in the end she is the one left empowered whilst Christian becomes vulnerable as he learns to love for the first time. As a woman there’s very little more empowering than a strong, charming and successful man succumbing to your wants and needs, whilst opening up to you in a way he hasn’t with anyone before, showing a deep insight in to who he is and how he got there and Christian does all of this plus more. Some considered the idea of the film to be degrading to women, let’s face it whips, butt plugs and chains are not seen as desirable to most people and not usually associated with humans but actually as a means of punishment, but the film has been made tactfully, careful when approaching the explicit scenes yet daring at the same time, and so these unusual notions are somewhat, dare I say it, justified by Grey’s troubled past. And to be fair he does ask her a hundred and one times if she’s sure, he even makes her sign various contracts explaining what she can and can’t do whilst explaining coloured codes he has prepared incase she can’t take anymore pain. The film is very decadent and true to the attraction and appeal that comes with (we can only imagine) dating a twenty seven year old, ‘breathtakingly’ handsome, billionaire.
Dakota Johnson pleasantly surprised with her consistency throughout the film, she played her part exceptionally well often delivering reactions to correspond with how the audience was feeling. Jamie Dornan was everything and more than what one expected from the mysterious Christian Grey, his Northern Irish accent did occasionally become more prominent at some points but it didn’t matter because as he pensively gazed in to Ana’s eyes and his deep voice asked her ‘where have you been?’ with the utmost love and sincerity, we all wished that we were her.