FILM REVIEW | 50 Shades Of Grey From A Gay Perpective

★★★★ | 50 Shades Of Grey

Since its release in 2012 in book form, the Fifty Shades trilogy has been destined to hit the big screen; and this Valentine’s Day the first finally did, starring the delicious Jamie Dornan and beautiful Dakota Johnson as the leads, and a supporting cast, including Eloise Mumford, Luke Grimes, and pop ‘singer’ Rita Ora. All in all, the film was great if you haven’t read the books. If you have, prepare to be (ever so slightly) disappointed!

The film, based on the novel of the same name, follows the story of Christian, a BDSM-made sex God played by Dornan, and Anastasia (“just Ana”) Steele, naive student of English Literature. from their first meeting at Grey’s workplace to Ana’s departure after being belted by the dreamy Christian Grey. Throughout the film, the relationships between the characters are explored; including Ana and roommate Kate, played by the radiant Eloise Mumford. The plot highly differs from the book, but still gets across a few key points.

Despite following a straight relationship, the film is still to be enjoyed by the LGBT+ community. Although we don’t see much of Dakota and Jamie’s bodies, what we do see is sure to not disappoint! For the ladies, we have Ana undressing constantly, desperately, showing her lady bits. For the men, we have Christian’s deliciously peachy bottom shown sporadically throughout the film. The film also inspires new things for the bedroom for all couples – ranging from the use of floggers, not spontaneous fumbles in your garden shed.

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Most of the cast is pleasing, though. For me, Eloise Mumford’s portrayal of Kate Kavanagh is the best performance in the film. Luke Grimes does well in his brief appearances as Christian’s brother, Elliott – and also gives the film a sexy rugged feeling. On the down side, the casting of Rita Ora as his sister, Mia, is the most disappointing casting of the film. Her four lines would be missed if you moved.

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The film, which isn’t as good as its paper counterpart, can be enjoyed by all, and has many pleasing qualities, although many down sides feature, especially the fact that neither Ana or Grey have gay fantasies. The film is set to be released on DVD and Bluray on May 8, 2015, and can still be seen in a few cinemas.

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