I don't want to give anything away but I was fortunate enough to see an advanced screening of this film on Friday Feb. 6th in Los Angeles, and I have to say---if you are a fan of the book, the movie will likely NOT disappoint you. And if you're not a fan of the book and are simply CURIOUS, you might be surprised (and in a good way, I hope).
As excited as I was to see Fifty Shades of Grey, I had reasonable expectations. And while it is not perfect (though, honestly, I wouldn't have changed much if given the chance), I felt like Sam-Taylor Johnson made an incredible film adaptation out of a wildly popular book that is some 500 pages in length---and with a restrictive R-rating, no less, for such an intensely erotic story. There is a lot missing from the book but the important stuff remains, and many favorite quotes are included.
I think my greatest concern was with how the intimate scenes would translate on to the big screen, but they made it work and handled it with style and class. When you consider how man intimate moments are in this film (and there's a lot---as there should be), I never once felt that it was overdone or gratuitous. It pushes a few boundaries, yes; however, everything is done in an extremely tasteful way. What Sam created here is a stunningly beautiful, artistic film unlike anything I have seen before. The chemistry and steam-factor is prevalent from the start. One thing I really loved, though, was the unexpected humor throughout. I appreciated that counterbalance. When I wasn't holding my breath or generating heatwaves in my seat, I found myself laughing a lot---and for all the right reasons, I assure you. As a fan it was honestly everything I could have hoped for and more.
Dakota Johnson embodies the innocent, virginal Anastasia Steele perfectly---and I so enjoyed watching her start off kind of awkward and shy and then blossoming into this confident, empowered young woman. And Jamie Dornan made an excellent Christian Grey. He exuded power and confidence (with an obvious need for control, of course), but with a pained vulnerability beneath a closely guarded steel exterior that Ana only begins to crack the surface of in this first installment. You will especially see his vulnerability in the final scene, which is actually quite heartbreaking.
Not sure what the critics are going to make of this film but I know for sure that most fans are going to love it. And really, isn't that the most important thing?