I am the first to admit that while I have read the Fifty Shade trilogy, I found them incredibly dull.
When I heard they were to turn the books into films, I rolled my eyes but like the majority of the female population, was intrigued by who might play the notorious Mr Grey. Now the trailer has been released, I couldn’t resist a peek.
Now, as most people know, these books started out life as raunchy Twilight fan fiction. If you didn’t know this, all you need to do is watch the trailer to find out. The majority of the scenes used in the trailer look like direct rips out of the tween fantasy series. I mean, Christian Grey pushing the guy away from Anastasia Steele by his throat at lightning speed? That might as well be Bella and Edward!
While Jamie Dornan can be considered to be attractive (not my cup of tea, personally), an actor he certainly is not. Throughout this trailer he appears to be constantly confused about something. Or maybe he’s employing a technique known as “smell the fart” acting by Joey from Friends… Christian Grey may be an eternally brooding and “dark” character but this does mean that his facial expression can change from time to time! He appears to have as much charm and charisma as a lamppost.
As for Dakota Johnson, I have no problem with her. She seems to be fulfilling the role of dowdy and normal that Anastasia Steele’s supposed to be. It’s more the fact that a film where a woman must rely on a man to become strong and confident sells in this sort of time astounds me. From the trailer (and indeed the books) it is clear that she is weak willed and flat. Her attitude sets back feminism by about 50 years.
As you may be able to tell, I’m not a fan of this and definitely won’t be prebooking my tickets any time soon. I also know, however, that millions of women the world over will be booking their tickets as I type this and preparing to throw their knickers at Jamie Dornan at the next opportunity.
After seeing this trailer I can see exactly why Charlie Hunnam walked away from this film.
Am I missing something completely? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments!
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