Fifty Shades of Who?

Love it or hate it the Fifty Shades of Grey books have captured the public’s interest and now a movie is on the way its only going to get bigger. Now that they’ve cast the lead actors we’re getting ever close to its arrival on the big screen next year. So who has been cast in the lead roles?

Not surprisingly there’s no A-list stars lined up (I’m sure most would consider it to be career suicide). Playing the role of Christian Grey is British actor Charlie Hunnam, perhaps the most well-known of the two due to his work in tv series Queer as Folk and Sons of Anarchy and the film Pacific Rim. The film’s protagonist Anastasia Steele is to be played by Dakota Johnson who had a supporting role in The Social Network and is the daughter of Miami Vice star Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith.  Going for relatively unknown actors is probably a smart move  (although I’m sure it wasn’t intentional) as they come with no previous expectations, even though I expect some fans will be unhappy that  they don’t look how they imagine the characters to be.

However for me the issue was never really about who they cast in the roles (although Matt Bomer or Ian Somerhalder might have persuaded me to see this movie). The main problem the film has is getting the script right. Fifty Shades of Grey can be a shocking read at times-and not for the reason it hopes. There are some pieces of dialogue so bad its funny, and I can’t imagine the actors saying some of these lines with a straight face. If director Sam Taylor-Wood has any hope of this film being a success someone will need to fine tune that script to perfection. No mention of Ana’s bloody inner goddess!

Some change to the characters would also be welcomed. Ana is such an annoyingly weak character she needs to be more well-rounded and not such a pushover. As for Grey-well I’m not sure how they can make stalking seem romantic but then it seemed to work for Twilight so what do I know.

Despite myself I can’t help but be interested to see how this film turns out. Will it be a surprisingly good adaptation or the biggest flop of 2014? I guess we’ll find out this time next year.


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