I should say for the record, “I detest film adaptations of books“, as they typically fail miserably at replicating the magic of the stories I love so much and yet this doesn’t stop me from going to see them. Strange, I know, there is one recent exception to this and doesn’t the saying go “that the exception proves the rule”? That one exception would have be the Harry Potter franchise and if there was going to be an exception of course it would be for this wondrous series. Having said this I am strangely ambivalent about the casting of the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie, slated for release in August 2014. I have mixed feelings about the novel by E.L. James but I will acknowledge that there was something compelling about the story, which I believe made the book so very readable and as such have been intrigued by the idea of a film using the same premise. My issues were not even with the story per se but the gross lack of editing but that particular topic has been done to death.
Despite my ambivalence about the books I must admit I was slightly disappointed that one of the rumored front runners like Ian Somerhalder or Matt Bomer didn’t get the part but if you think about it both actors have well established personas aside from this film. It is guaranteed that this part has the potential to forever link Charlie Hunnam with the iconic “Christian Grey” in the same manner Robert Pattinson will forever be known as “Edward Cullen” fitting as Fifty Shades originated as fan fiction inspired by the wildly successful Twilight series.
When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.
Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.
In my opinion at least they have made a good decision in selecting relative unknowns rather than reinventing the character as was done to the displeasure of many fans when Tom Cruise took on the role of Jack Reacher in the film of the same title adapting the first novel Killing Floor Lee Child’s popular series. Now I for one am wondering how they are going to avoid a NC-17 rating on a film featuring BDSM?
- 50 Shades film: Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson cast (theguardian.com)
- Charlie Hunnam: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ as Christian Grey!!! (justjared.com)
- DVD Review: Jack Reacher (cinemasentinel.wordpress.com)
- Dakota Johnson, Charlie Hunnam 50 Shades of Grey Critics Howl (theimproper.com)
- Fifty Shades of Grey Casting: Robert Pattinson Was Author’s First Choice, Says Bret Easton Ellis (eonline.com)