I have to admit, 50 Shades of Grey, 50 Shades Darker and 50 Shades Freed along with the movie, 50 Shades of Grey, released on Valentines Day, have me under their spell.
It's clear from the beginning Christian has done something he has never done before. He has fallen for Ana, but she has no idea how much control she actually has over the situation. Ana may be Christian's sub, but she definitely has all the power. For anyone who may be under the impression Ana was abused, everything Christian did to her was consensual, and Christian would not have done anything that Ana wouldn't consent to.
One wonders what an independent young woman, who is obviously not after his money, sees in such a controlling and demanding man. But as we discover dark secrets about his childhood, we begin to understand Christian, his inner demons and what makes him tick. Ana sometimes amazes herself at the things she does for him, but she always stands her ground and never backs down.
After reading all three books, I just couldn't wrap my head around the idea of a movie doing these books any justice. How is it possible to cram a nine-hour book into a two-hour movie? How much will have to be cut? How will those steamy sex scenes be presented? It just didn't seem possible. But after seeing the movie, I have to admit, I was wrong. Oh My! Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan brought the characters to life. It was much more than I was expecting. Yes, there is a lot of unconventional sex, but all tastefully done.
I know a lot of people were disappointed in the ending, but the movie followed the first book closely, and it ended the same way.
I wasn't expecting the movie to live up to the books, and I can't say that it did. How many movies actually live up to the books? It would be impossible to squeeze all of the details of a book that takes several hours to read into a movie that will run less than two hours. To my surprise, I actually loved it. I honestly can't wait for the next installment. Even though it hasn't been formally announced yet, it appears Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan will continue to portray Christian and Ana, and I am happy to hear that. I loved reading about the evolution of Christian and Ana, and I'm looking forward to seeing it continue on the big screen.