STORY BY CLAUDIA WILLIAMS
As someone who has read the “Fifty Shades of Grey” books multiple times, I had some pretty high expectations for the movie that just took the world by storm.
I have been infatuated with the series ever since I bought the first book and hid it from my mom in fear she would be mad I was reading them due to the explicit content at my young age of 16.
After book one, I was hooked and soon bought “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades of Freed,” the second and third books in the steamy series.
When I heard that they were making movies off of the books I became a bit skeptical because how on Earth can someone make a movie out of those books that can be shown to the public?
Well, they did it and it was just as wonderful as I was hoping.
The minute the opening scene began playing in the theaters, I grabbed my two friends on either side of me to brace myself because of the excitement.
I was about to see the movie that had been so hyped up for years.
The two characters they picked to play Anastasia and Christian were less than perfect when I first saw the two and watched some interviews with them.
I didn’t find Jamie Dornan to be the perfect Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson was not the Anastasia I had envisioned.
But boy, was that assumption 50 shades of wrong. They completely fulfilled every expectation I had and they made the audience fall in love with them.
Anastasia was hilarious, witty and strong, just as she was in the book.
I think I laughed more in this movie than I did in Bridesmaids. She was so sarcastic and grew into this complex character throughout the film and had every woman in the audience relating to her in some way here or there.
She made me wish I could pull off straight across bangs and had a vintage Volkswagen.
The scenes in which she toyed with Christian, playing with his mind or cracking bad jokes while drunk dialing him were my favorite. They made her seem so relatable.
She wasn’t one of those girls who looked absolutely perfect when she woke up in the morning. That may be one of the most frustrating things about movies these days, because they give guys the false idea that we are beauty queens when we climb out of bed.
Ana was awkward at times, like I am three quarters of my life, and she danced embarrassingly just like I do.
She was a real girl, and I loved that about her.
Christian was a god. His character is so deep, with multiple sides to him, all of which made us fall in love with him harder and harder.
He was sleek and classy, but also funny and romantic, and let’s not forget … sexy as ever.
Compared to the books, I didn’t think Jamie Dornan was the best fit for the role, but my mind was changed the second he took a bite of Ana’s toast.
For those of you who have seen the movie, you know what I’m talking about.
I don’t think most women find it cute when their boyfriend shows up at the same restaurant as they’re at, 1000 miles from home. Actually most would find that slightly creepy and insane. But Christian Grey made it seem perfectly all right and normal.
When you have your own helicopter and can pull off a suit that well, you can do anything.
I know some people felt that the movie didn’t live up to the book, but I feel it fulfilled all of my “sexpectations.”
I don’t really know how the director of the movie made the sex scenes, which included riding crops and handcuffs, a tasteful experience, but they sure did.
The scenes that took place in the “red room of pain” were executed just as they should have been.
The room itself resembled what I had envisioned down to a T, and there sure weren’t any X-boxes in that playroom like Ana thought.
The only thing in the movie that truly bothered me was Ana’s flip phone.
Nobody has those prehistoric things anymore, and her lack of a smartphone in no way made her seem more average.
But hey, if Christian can buy her a red Audi, maybe he will buy her an iPhone in movie number two.