Fifty Shades Of Grey (Blu-ray)
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|Contributor||Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Eloise Mumford|
|Runtime||1 hour and 58 minutes|
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Fifty Shades of Grey
The worldwide phenomenon comes to life in Fifty Shades of Grey, starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in the iconic roles of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. Ana is an inexperienced college student tasked with interviewing enigmatic billionaire Christian Grey. But what starts as business quickly becomes an unconventional romance. Swept up in Christian's glamorous lifestyle, Ana soon finds another side to him as she discovers his secrets and explores her own dark desires. What results is a thrilling, all-consuming romance as Christian and Ana test the limits they will go to for their relationship.
Cast, Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford, Victor Rasuk, Luke Grimes, Marcia Gay Harden.
Directors: Sam Taylor-Johnson.
Sam Taylor-Johnson directs this erotic drama based on the best-selling book of the same name by British author E. L. James. Dakota Johnson stars as demure literature student Ana Steele, who, as a favour to her friend Kate (Eloise Mumford), meets up with the handsome and enigmatic businessman Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) for an interview. Very quickly, an attraction grows between the pair and Ana realises a need to become close to Grey. However, with Grey's need to maintain complete control over everything in his life including his sexual partners, Ana finds there is much more to him than meets the eye...
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Package Dimensions : 18 x 13.8 x 1.5 cm; 70 Grams
- Director : Sam Taylor-Johnson
- Media Format : Blu-ray
- Run time : 1 hour and 58 minutes
- Release date : 21 May 2015
- Actors : Eloise Mumford, Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle
- Studio : Universal
- ASIN : B01DOQ9A5M
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 32,995 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The movie itself seemed a poor man’s Pretty Woman. None of the main characters were likeable. Billionaire with “growing-up issues” somehow has clandestine BDSM with a naive student who looked too innocent to try these sort of sexual games. Story may appeal to a woman’s secret fantasies hence the book sold well but on screen it looked ludicrous.
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The acting is hammy and the diction is deplorable - and at times the dialogue is totally incomprehensible – requiring one to switch on the sub-titles to determine what is being said. As to the direction – it is atrocious on so many levels. As an example, ALL plots since the Greek tragedies follow a well-defined ‘timing’ structure driven by ‘unforeseen circumstances’ and dialogue that adds mystery and intrigue so as to drive the narrative forward. What we have here is long drawn out sequences with bland mundane pointless dialogue that does not serve any purpose, of the sort written by pathetic script writers one regularly encounters in TV ‘soap operas’.
We also encounter a ‘text dialogue’ (lifted straight from the BBC series ‘Sherlock’) – but the producer and director clearly did not realise that the film would be released in ‘small-screen’ format because the text is miniscule and totally unreadable – so it fails miserable on two fronts: if there WAS an intent to convey information it did not and could not do so due to the physical size of the font; and if it was inserted as a ‘fill’ to ‘pad out’ the action then the unreadable snippets do not serve any purpose or function and add frustration - and so serve as yet another distraction to constantly ask the question ‘when - if anything - is anything going to happen?’ – which is the ‘driving force’ behind GOOD story-telling – and the failure to DO this is the reason why 98% of films, plays, and books FLOP and the books and digital media ends up being dumped in charity shops – and why people vote with their feet and walk out of films half way through.
After three separate attempts to overcome the mind-numbing boring mundaneness, I did eventually persevere and reached the inevitable predictable conclusion. On the way I observed several ‘missed opportunities’ to bring suspense and reveal the terror and horror of being stalked by a sick-minded fiend – one notable scene being the scene where the protagonist is disturbed in the shower by the antagonist – who has had her flat keys cut and let himself in to her flat so as to enforce his depraved ‘will’ on the protagonist – who we learn in the first scene is not very bright from the lengths her flatmate takes to explain to her how to get to a venue – and later when the protagonist gets soaked because she does not have a coat, or the sense to go into Poundland to purchase a brolly – and so she succumbs to the terror of the antagonist - and does not report the antagonist to the police.
This scene COULD have been a classic Hitchcock ‘Psycho’ moment or it could have resulted in the Hitchcock ‘Dial ‘M’ for murder’ plotline – but it didn’t. A second truly upsetting horrific scene – where the vile man sexually assaults and totally debauches the protagonist - so as to terrify her and fully empower her - is the scene that delivers and drives home the message at the EASE in which this vile man accomplishes what he does – all in plain sight of those all around him as he torments and distorts the mind of his prey.
The narrative is reminiscent of Noel Coward’s classic film ‘Brief Encounter’ (now fully restored and available on DVD and BluRay). Many people view ‘Brief Encounter’ as a ‘love story’ – but it isn’t – it is the story of a womanising CON ARTIST who seeks to ‘bed’ as many women as possible – and Coward shows how women with ‘romantic’ ideologies are easily duped.. ‘Fifty shades of Grey’ ATTEMPTS to enlighten women but sadly the ‘long wait’ – filled with mundane TV soap nonsense totally detracts from the CORE message of how easily it is for women to be LURED into entrapments and entrenchments from which there is NO escape.
FOOTNOTE: Thanks to the constant effort of Susan Nicholson’s MOTHER, Robert Trigg was eventually tried and convicted and imprisoned for life in 2017 - SIX YEARS after he committed his vile crimes. BE WARNED! Sussex Police did not consider the deaths as ‘suspect’.
The film is a stunning work of art (I speak as one who has made 13 films myself, though none with Sex, so do know something about the art and craft, thus do have an 'informed' opinion), but it needs delving into via the extras on the disc to appreciate fully, and then glory in an achievement by all of those involved, from script-writer (female), to director (female, and brilliant), to both principal actors (wonderful and beautiful as they are), to the extra-ordinary soundtrack, which uses silences so effectively, and yes, even to the sex scenes, done with care, devotion, sensitivity, and so much understanding that one wonders at their creator's amazing skills, and so on... A masterpiece? Yes, and one of the finest in the art of filmmaking, so don't you dare dismiss it (unless you are a born philistine!)
If you are going to watch this for the Sex scenes, - forget it - Game of Thrones and the Tudors are far more explicit...
Casting was excellent, though initially I was disappointed that the Vampire Diaries guy was not Mr Grey after all - though, on reflection, I don't think the Character that Ian Somerhalder plays in VD would have a change of heart like the Character of Grey has.
Yes it has some graphic scenes, but contrary to some opinions, it also has a story.
I have read the books and this is only the beginning of Christian and Anastasia's journey.
I couldn't see Jamie Dornan as Christian when it was announced he was cast as Mr Grey.
After all he is " Paul Spector" in The Fall, but he nailed this part.
I was engrossed at the cinema, and now I can't imagine anyone else as Christian.
Not as keen on Dakota Johnson, but she played Ana quite well.
I never imagined the characters like either actor.
I now own my very own copy and I can watch Mr Grey whenever I want to.
The fact I am a big fan of Jamie probably helps.