Fifty Shades Of Grey: What You Need To Know
Much was made when Universal Pictures parted with a cool five million dollars to acquire the film rights to EL James’s massively successful erotic thriller and more when two relative unknowns were cast in the lead roles, but Fifty Shades Of Grey went on to be a huge success at the box office.
After taking almost 570 million dollars at the box office, it’s now heading for DVD shelves, here everything you need to know about this very unique smash hit…
What’s The Plot?
Anastasia Steele is a 21-year old literature student in Seattle, she’s in her final year of college and weighing up her future. When her roommate is ill, she’s forced to stand in for her and conduct an interview for the college newspaper with Christian Grey, billionaire entrepreneur.
She arrives, conducts the interview and leaves thinking it didn’t go so well, but, after a chance meeting, the two begin to get friendlier and eventually begin a relationship. Thing is, Christian has a secret, a taste for sadomasochism and a large collection of toys to carry it out. After all is revealed, Anastasia must decide if this is the life for her…
Who’s In It?
Dakota Johnson, who hadn’t been in a great deal before this, save a very minor part in 21 Jump Street, plays Anastasia, while Jamie Dornan, the brooding serial killer from The Fall and star of Channel 4 drama New Worlds, plays Christian.
This film is pretty much a two-hander, but there are also star turns from Eloise Mumford, Luke Grimes, Jennifer Ehle (who does a particularly excellent job as Anastasia’s needy mother), Marcia Gay Hayden and Rita Ora, who plays Christian’s sister Mia.
Does It Deliver?
This film was also going to stand or fall on the chemistry between the two leads and both Johnson and Dornan are on top form. This is a sleek, breathless thriller, albeit one not for the faint-hearted as the sex and nudity of the book is not downplayed or shied away from. If you’re curious, this is a rock solid thriller with a few racy bits, if you loved the book, you’ll love this.