This review contains mild spoilers
Finally, we watched Fifty Shades of Grey in Singapore, and fortunately, the result is kinda worth our struggle. The queue we were standing was overwhelmed by young adults and couples. Obviously, a sort of steamy enthusiasm appeared on every face we saw, including ourselves, just if there were a mirror standing in front of us. Luckily, there was none.
Before we start telling you further about this most anticipated unconventional romantic movie in 2015, we have to inform that we read all the novels already. Yes … three of them, complete, and unabridged, so we kinda lowered our bar about the visual we were going to see. Fortunately, like we mentioned earlier the result is kinda a satisfaction, apart from the intense hot kinky sex scenes starting from the mid until the last minutes of the movie.
The novels have warned that they are only for mature readers, however, with no reading restriction for those under age readers. But when it comes to visual, it comes strict by means whatever mature written on the novels shouldn’t be seen AKA censored (the movie even banned in some countries including Indonesia). Then the question lingers on which part of the sexual excitement will be fully revealed and partially hidden. Luckily, Singapore’s Media Development Authority (MDA) allows the movie hits screen uncut so ya … there’s a lot of skin to be seen. However, beyond it, a lot more of graceful chemistry between Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) we can watch under a kinda artsy direction of Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy).
First, Dornan is just almost perfect to be the charming sex masochist unless he smiles that much and shows his dominance intermittently. Second, Johnson is just flawless to be Ana. She fits the role the best and matches every details of this sweet, smart, anxious, yet somehow naive beauty. They’re both entangled in such a complicated relationship and little does Ana know how completely bizarre Christian is.
What such an unfortunate for Ana who has longed for a desire of being loved because Christian doesn’t do romance … at all. On paper, we kinda believe that there’s no such romance issue in Christian’s head but when we finally enters the scene which Ana conducts the interview with Christian in the Grey House, his eyes ooze something different. Yes … he has actually fallen for Anna since their eyes first met.
On paper, the more we read, the more we’re certain that Christian builds his kind of wall covered by the BSDM (Bondage/Discipline, Dominance/Submission, and Sado-Masochism) practice he inherits since the age of fifteen. The truth is that Christian actually needs a true love, he needs someone to love him for real, in conclusion, he needs … romance. Lucky him that Ana reveals her all from the start and grows her interest to Christian much deeper. She evens says yes to become Christian’s Submissive, staying at his Escala every weekend, pleasing her man of her dream, baring her skin, letting the t***, b***, and her all being f***** up like a slaughtered pet.
Speaking the truth, unless E. L James wrote this, Fifty Shades of Grey might have been a sloppy porn. De facto, James is a professional, being an active novelist after working as a TV executive. She definitely knows where to place the touch and kiss of this heartfelt dilemmatic romance. Although in the beginning Ana is so driven by the chance of having Grey just for herself, she is devastated by how the deal ends. The climax scene showing Ana cries out loud while being punished (read : spanked on her b***) is the best remark to show how devastated she is and what Christian actually wants from her.
Not to mention that the rest are superfluous but please bear in mind unless you’re a big fan of the novel, you won’t enjoy much and may find some are excessively sentimental especially on Ana’s part. Her point of view is from a young girl’s who is still so naive, thus easily dragged to the surreal world Christian offers her. Somehow, we find this issue dangerous for some non-conformist audience to see. If you’re one, you’d better enjoy the novels and push away the thought to watch both Christian and Ana practice BSDM lifestyle under no shade. We mean it …
Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson
Cast: Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Marcia Gay Harden, Rita Ora
Duration: 125 mins