Guest Post by Laura Crawford
Today was the release of the highly anticipated trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey, and I’m not so sure that quite as many undies are dropping as Fifty Shades producers might have hoped for.
First lets get beyond the casting. While I do feel that Jamie Dorman is quite attractive, and wouldn’t turn down an invite for coffee, many agree with me that he just doesn’t physically fit what most of us have fantasized the role of the in-real-life Christian Grey to look like. I can appreciate that he has the scruff, the tousled hair, and some decent intensity in his eyes. I’ve just always felt that Jamie Dorman is a little too soft to properly play Mr. Grey, though that could be because I still see him as the loving, though now deceased, sheriff in Once Upon A Time. (I was completely crushed when Charlie Hunnam backed out of the roll.) And Dakota Johnson? Just. All. Wrong. Although I’m honestly not sure who I would have cast for the part of Anastasia Steele instead of her. But, again, let’s get beyond the actors because we are now stuck with them and the show WILL go on.
What bothers me about this trailer is that I’m not seeing the Christian Grey brought to life by E. L. James. I’m just not seeing the sexual powerhouse, cooly composed and meticulously in control businessman, while keeping the underdeveloped emotional undercurrents tightly locked up under the slightly coy persona who is Christian Grey.
I’m also not seeing the girl who fell clumsily into Mr. Grey’s office leaving her stuttering, flushed, and a bumbling hot mess drowning under her own, surprisingly, immediate attraction to a man she previously knew nothing about. I have no doubt that, per the usual, the characters were edited for on-screen to appease the viewers who did not previously read the books. This is common when turning a book into a movie, so I’m not surprised. In some book to movie evolutions this is acceptable. Here, in Fifty Shades Of Grey, it’s not.
Christian Grey is an extremely enigmatic man, who maintains a severe amount of control in his life to compensate for the lack of control he had through the majority of his adolescence, which also leaves the emotional part of him about 15 years behind his physical age. Because of this he’s never entered into a traditional relationship of ‘hearts and flowers’ and instead chooses to blow off his sexual steam in the Dom-Sub world.
Anastasia is the girl who prefers to stay in the shadows with her nose in a book, taking care of her responsibilities and those around her. She’s very much comfortable living in the slow lane, and has never been in the spotlight and a life in one has never even reached the far corners of her fantasies. And, in case you’re completely new to the story, she’s also a virgin who’s never even so much as double-clicked her mouse.
They come out of themselves and grow into their relationship together because of all of these traits each of them hold, yet I’m afraid that I’m not seeing the body language cues that were articulated so prominently in the first novel. I’m getting glimpses of a mundane first encounter, only enhanced by steamy music, and some possibly kinky sex. And right now? I’m feeling like I just experience some amazing foreplay only to be denied my orgasm.
For reading the line, “We aim to please”, so many times I’m really just not satisfied. Will I still go and see the movie? Of course I will, but after viewing the trailer my excitement level just isn’t as high as it once was. I may be waiting until it hits the discounted theaters, or even Redbox.
What do you think?
Laura Crawford is a freelance writer, hunter of food trucks, hashtag abuser, and coffee addict who believes that a proper Bloody Mary makes the perfect stand-alone brunch. She loves burying her toes in the warm sand, and nose in a book, though as a momma of 3 that tends to be a special treat.