With the huge success of this book trilogy by British writer EL James there was always going to be a film. This raunchier Mills and Boon for the mommy porn generation definitely generated discussion amongst friends. I like to understand the zeitgeist and what is making people tick, so I did persevere with all three books. Let’s be honest here it was tortuous and by book two there was much skim reading going on. Take away the Red Room of Pain action, this is above all a classic princess / fairy tale fantasy of meeting a rich man and falling in love. You could say it’s an updated Pride of Prejudice for our times, minus the skilful writing. It has that classic theme of misunderstood man, righteous woman and the roundabout of start / pause / stop / go that ensues. However kudos to EL James for being able to create such a huge seller of over 100 million copies and counting.
Now I will confess I’m rather keen to see the movie and if I’m honest, admittedly it’s mostly to see Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey. He was great in The Fall playing a serial killer alongside
Scully (sorry but The X-Files is etched in my memory) Gillian Anderson as the detective who is tracking him down. He has also modelled in some well oiled Calvin Klein ads that are rather hot alongside sexy Eva Mendes. Dakota Johnson plays Anastasia, the young woman who will come to embrace the S&M action and she is a relative unknown, although she has certified Hollywood pedigree. Melanie Griffith is her mother, Tippi Hedren her grandmother and Don Johnson (forever known as Sonny Crockett from his Miami Vice days) her father.
I will report back as 50 Nuances de Grey (as it’s called in France) is screening at the local movie theatre, although I’m not sure if they’ll have a Version Originale option. I’m sure the script is not too complicated so I’m hoping if I see the French version it will be AOK for my capabilities.
Are you seeing the movie? What did you think about the books?