I may have been one of the few in the audience, who had not read Fifty Shades of Grey or knew the story. I was glad of that. It gave me a chance to enjoy the film from a non-biased point of view. And, I did.
First off, Casting Director Francine Maisler hit a home run bringing Dakota Johnson in as the female lead Anastasia Steele. She brought the right mixture of innocence, curiosity and lustiness into the role. And, while there may have been other actors equally qualified for the main role, Jamie Dornan made a fine Christian Grey.
Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey brought out the beauty of the cast as well as David Wasco’s sets. And, Danny Elfman’s music perfectly set a tantalizing mood.
So, what was wrong with the film? Not much in my opinion.
The only thing I didn’t understand was why the producers Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and E. L. James opted for an “R” rating as opposed to letting the audience have more of what they expected with an “NC17” rating? How many under 16-year-olds did they expect would come with their parents?
I’m sure fans of the books may have all kinds of debates about the film, but the fact is they are coming. Whatever anyone’s opinion, it’s a classy production. I give Fifty Shades of Grey a 4 out of 5.