‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ toes kinky line

Fifty Shades of Gray

As this erotic fantasy story began, it was immediately apparent that this movie journey would take a path much different from most. Within seconds of the movie’s start, applause was heard from the excited and overwhelmingly female audience, who realized that their long wait to see the film was finally over. That roar of approval was quickly followed by giggles and laughter, as a man yelled words of caution from the theater’s back row; “Do not try this at home!” And by “this” he meant kinky sex, powerful seduction techniques and total dominance in the bedroom. Yes, “Fifty Shades of Grey” has all of those sexual qualities, however, it also offers more.

This widely anticipated adaption of E.L. James’ international best-selling fictional novel finds a 27-year old Seattle billionaire named Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) pursuing the younger Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson), an English Literature major about to graduate from college. The wealthy Grey, who we learn had a “rough start to life”, refuses to do affection, girlfriends or romance.

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“Fifty Shades of Grey” offers an escapism for viewers wanting to look inside other’s bedrooms, toy boxes and sexual adventurism. It’s kinky without being raunchy or sordid. It’s seductive with tangibles that include hand & leg restraints, blindfolds, neckties…and ice cubes. The strong sexual content and language that created this film’s massive hype, only appear in appropriate scenes that are relevant to the overall storyline. No gratuitous sex, just dominant-submissive foreplay and intimacy.

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What makes this film so interesting isn’t the power and influence imparted by Dornan’s Christian Grey character upon the physically weaker Ana Steele. This movie’s main catalyst is Miss Steele’s ability to go toe-to-toe with Mr. Grey, pushing back on his misguided mannerisms, re-negotiating his non-disclosure agreements, all the while attempting to come to terms with her own emotional and physical limits.  The banter between the costars throughout the film is abundant, easy and feels natural. Lastly, both Dornan and Johnson deserve credit for better-than-expected acting performances in this bondage story.

No film can ever compete with a reader’s vast imagination created from reading a book. However, most moviegoers who have read “Fifty Shades of Grey” should be very satisfied with this sexual fantasy unfurled upon the big screen. While it may not have been possible for the film to live up to all of its pre-release hype, “Fifty Shades of Grey” does give viewers what they’ve come to expect: explicit, dominant-submissive sex.  And lots of it.

Grade: B+

“Fifty Shades of Grey” is rated R for strong sexual content, including dialogue, some unusual behavior and graphic nudity.  The running time is 1 hour and 50 minutes.

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