Wow, just wow! What a privilege to be able to watch the most anticipated film in years in a room full of other fans alongside the cast and crew. The Universal team put huge efforts into making the whole event a spectacle, so a big thanks must go to them.
First and foremost, you will not be disappointed. Between them, Erika and Sam Taylor Johnson have managed to put together the best possible adaptation of the book onto screen. It totally delivers. The naysayers who said Jamie wasn’t right as Christian or Dakota was wrong for Anastasia are going to be eating their words; Dakota in particular absolutely knocks it out of the park as Ana.
My first impression of the film was that it was much more playful than I expected and it’s so funny! Dakota’s comic timing and her facial expressions are brilliant, and she captures the innocence of Ana beautifully. There are a number of laugh out loud moments, when we as the audience know the ‘in’ jokes – what Christian is buying in the hardware store for example. Huge cheers also went up in the theatre when we hear the iconic lines, it was great!
The early scenes in the film focus on the tension and the sensuality between the pair, just as it should be. The sex scenes do heat up over the course of the film though and boy do they heat up *fans self*
I was lucky enough to see the film twice and it was during the second viewing I was able to appreciate Jamie’s performance more. I loved him being all conquering Christian in his domineering billionaire role but as we all know, it’s really Ana that wields the power in this relationship. Jamie portrays Christian’s vulnerability and his need for Ana very convincingly.
All in all, I was hugely impressed with the result. Having met Dana Brunetti (top bloke) I can see that Erika has surrounded herself with good people and it shows. They’ve done a magnificent job and they should be rightly proud of the film they’ve released.
If you enjoyed the books, you’ll love the film. I cant wait to go see it again, and again… and again!