Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

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When her roommate Kate (Eloise Mumford) asks her to do an interview with wealthy business man Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) happily agrees. But despite making a mess of things there is something about Anastasia which captivates the mysterious Christian who wants her to become part of his world whilst fighting his feelings towards her which take him out of his own controlled existence. The question is whether Anastasia is prepared for Christian's world where he enjoys being a dominant with women being his submissive, where sex is just sex and love does not exist.

Well I have got to say that "Fifty Shades of Grey" was basically "9 1/2 Weeks" made for modern audience which in essence means it got a way with more scenes of a sexual nature. Now of course there is more to "Fifty Shades of Grey" than just those sex scenes but of course that side of the movie, the scenes of a naked Dakota Johnson being bent over a table or tied to a bed kind of dominate your attention. Yet in truth I have to say that for all the nudity, the whips, shackles and blindfolds the sex scenes didn't wow me like other movies have with their scenes of a sexual nature.

But as I said there is more to "Fifty Shades of Grey" than just sex and we simply have a romantic tussle with Anastasia in love with Christian but struggling with his need to exist in this world of control, where he fights his feelings to show and receive affection. And all of this, Anastasia's attempts to understand Christian whilst his constant battle of resistance is meant to keep us on the edge of our seats and wondering as to what is going to happen; will love win out, will Anastasia have enough and abandon him and his play room, will Christian go to far in trying to control her. Yet none of this grabbed me, it never had me enthralled in this tale of sex and romance.

Now look in truth "Fifty Shades of Grey" is not a terrible movie and both Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan actually do an okay job of playing their parts. In fact I reckon there might be some younger audiences who might swoon for Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and be willing submissives given half a chance. But for me whilst it isn't a bad movie I couldn't but help find myself wanting more from pretty much every part of the movie.

What this all boils down to is that "Fifty Shades of Grey" in truth delivered what I expected, which in truth wasn't much other than some over-hyped erotica. But despite delivering what I expected I found myself constantly thinking how much better the movie could have been in pretty much every part of it.