Fifty Shades of Grey, The Movie

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Like many others I’ve been waiting for this movie since it’s announcement more than a year ago. I was scared of watching it because it had amassed so much hype I thought for sure that it could only disappoint me. In the end, after watching it, it wasn’t that bad.

Fifty Shades of Grey, both the book and the movie, is about naive Anastasia Steele and how she was drawn into the dark sexual world of Christian Grey.

There is a disclaimer in the Philippine showing of this movie that states:

DISCLAIMER AND NOTICE: This movie was classified as is and in its entirety with noticeable BLURS and SCREEN BLOCKS introduced by the film producer prior to its submission for review. The public is advised of scenes of nudity, strong and/or sexual language, and sexual aberrational behavior with elements of bondage, dominance, sadism and masochism. –

It bothered me a bit that the producers had to censor their own film for the Philippine showing. I don’t appreciate being considered stupid, which is what censorship basically does, and it’s made even worse in this case because the film is already rated R-18. But after watching it, the blurs and screen blocks didn’t affect the movie much. It was just the idea of why they were there that is annoying.

Most of my beef with the movie while anticipating it is the casting. I felt iffy about most of the cast actors and just plain aggravated with the rest. Dakota Johnson, however, is brilliant as Anastasia Steele. Her reactions and expressions were perfect for someone who is so innocent, naive and totally hot for Christian Grey. It felt a bit strange and out of place when she suddenly acts defiant towards Christian without reason but that’s not because of her acting but because of the script. She also tends to overdo the head tossing and moaning just a little bit but otherwise she’s awesome. Jaime Dornan as Christian Grey still feels strange but at the same time I can’t picture anyone else playing Christian Grey either. Some of his facial expressions are stiff, like he doesn’t know what to do with his face. He’s totally hot though and the chemistry between him and Dakota Johnson is amazing. As for the rest of the cast, Eloise Mumford is still not as as beautiful as Kate Kavanagh is supposed to be but her spunk as Kate more than makes up for it. Rita Ora’s wig is still weird but she has more or less two minutes screen time so that’s fine.

I like the changes in dialogue, it is much, much better in the movie than in the book. Everyone sounded natural and there was no awkwardness in conversation, just a little corny at times but then this is essentially a love story so that’s expected.

The only thing that I didn’t like is some of the changes made in shortening the book into the movie.There were scenes that should be there but was completely omitted or changed and in effect some of the struggle and effects of what Christian Grey was doing to Anastasia Steele and vice versa and the reason behind some of their actions does not come through. It also feels rushed, like they scrambled to squeeze what they can of the book into two hours, which is probably true. On the bright side, no moment in the movie is boring because something is always happening in every scene. It is understandable, though, if people who have not read the book feels confused by watching the movie.

Overall I like how this movie turned out. Out of 10, I’d give it an 8 and I will be anticipating, squirming in my seat, waiting for Fifty Shades Darker.

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