First, let me just say that it may seem a little out of my wheel house to do a blog post on Fifty Shades of Grey because this is kind of a mommy blog. But for anyone that has been following me for a while knows, this is totally in my personal wheel house, just a bit off topic for a mommy blog.
Many of you may remember that my first foray into the blogosphere was with my blog Pop Culture Junkie, where I unapologetically swoon-blogged about Twilight and other hotness back in the day. So I really just needed to get this monkey off my back and share my review of Fifty Shades…
Four years ago I was singing the gospel of this little known online Fanfiction story called “Master of the Universe” before it eventually became published and skyrocketed to bestselling status with its new title, Fifty Shades of Grey. I was pushing this story so hard to anyone who would listen it’s not even funny. In fact, at times it was embarrassing. My friends were all; “Courtney, get off my nuts about this weird porno you’re trying to get me to read with my eyes.”
Anyway, I saw the movie with my girlfriends’ opening night and as we assumed would be the case, it didn’t live up to the hype. How can it? I believe my imagination is way better than an actual movie adaptation could ever be. It is what it is.
From the get go, I wasn’t happy with the characters cast as Ana and Christian. I didn’t get Dakota Johnson, because all I knew of her was a comedic actress and I couldn’t picture her all naked and stuff. And Jamie Dornan? Who??
For the record, this Fifty Shades of Grey historian wanted the gorgeous Matt Bomer to play the infamous Christian Grey. You may know Matt Bomer from his lead role in White Collar, or his six pack abs from none other than Magic Mike. Matty one thousand percent embodies the physical description of Christian in the books, and he’s got swagger for days – as Christian would if he were real.
So the world took a collective sigh and slumped our shoulders when a relatively unknown underwear model took the role of Mr. Grey after months of speculation and praying that anyone from Matt Bomer, Robert Pattinson, Ian Somerholer, and Ryan Gosling would take the role. Ok, sure the guy is good looking. But does he make women want to willingly go into the Red Room of Pain?
I guess we were just going to have to wait to see how it plays out in the movie.
And for me, when I saw the film, I was all; meh. I’ll give a guy props for being pretty. But that’s as far as I can go. Jamie Dornan had very little chemistry with a surprisingly impressive Dakota Johnson that it left me with a deep feeling of disappointment.
THIS is what I’ve been waiting for all this time? This girl’s night on Valentine’s Day weekend in 2015 has been burning a hole in my iPhone calendar for a year?? Dun dun duuuuun.
But wait, what’s this article I just read on Movie Pilot –> “Fifty Shades of Grey to Lose Director AND Mr. Grey Himself.” WHAAT? Can this be true?
According to the article, Jamie Dornan’s wife is unhappy with his role as Christian Grey and the hordes of new screaming female fans that are beating down their door. Um, hello? What the hell did she expect was going to happen if her husband played CHRISTIAN GREY?
The way I see it, this can go one of three ways.
One, with the loss of its lead actor and the director, who also plans to exit the film series, the future movies could flat line. One and done.
Two, Dakota and Jamie need to go to couples counseling to learn to like each other enough to convey genuine chemistry in films two and three.
Or three, if they’re seriously going to change Christians mid-trilogy, the powers that be have to wise up and give the fans what they want –> Matt Bomer!!! With him cast, just watch the hype hit astronomical levels and have the greatest opening weekend of all time on Valentine’s Day 2016!
But ultimately I can’t picture such a drastic character change like that, so hopefully the actors can just ACT like they’re obsessed with each other two more times.
So what did you think of Fifty Shades of Grey? Did you like Jamie Dornan? Did he and Dakota have chemistry? Who would you choose to replace Christian if it came down to a switcheroo?