By The Filmhead (Holliston, Massachusetts)
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As I am not the target audience for Fifty Shades of Grey, nor did I read any of the books, I am married to someone who did care to read the books and has now seen the film. As I stated before I did not read the books so I have the added benefit of judging this as just a film rather than judging it as an adaptation.

This movie is not atrocious but it’s not good by any means. This film is all about a relationship, regardless of what they do in their relationship. This is the key factor in this film, the most important part about it. It was this key element that Fifty Shades of Grey lacks. The relationship between Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey was not believable at all. The chemistry between the two actors was stiff and unbelievable. Although Dakota’s performance was the redeemable quality of this film, it was Jaime’s performance that gave the relationship its stiff and scripted feel. Even though I didn’t read the books and I don’t know what Christian Grey’s character is supposed to be, I still felt his character should have had more presence on the screen. Anastasia up staged him totally when he is supposed to be the dominant one.

One of the biggest complaints I heard about the book was how poorly the book was written. This is clearly the case because the script was awful. The dialogue, the story, and most importantly the relationship between Christian and Anastasia. I think this film had the potential to portray this relationship and all it entails without making an all-out smut film, but by having an actor who dominates the screen, as the relationship, someone with more charisma. Instead it was Anastasia who stole the scenes.

I think my biggest problem with this film is the fact it would have been interesting to see this story play out the way it was supposed to. To take this taboo subject and have it reflected in this film. I am going to give Fifty Shades of Grey a 4 out of 10. I recommend this if you have read the books and want to see this play out on the big screen, unfortunately if you liked the book I think you’re going to be disappointed.

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