Ever since it was announced that E.L. James’s kinky novel was going to be adapted for the big screen, readers have anxiously been wondering how the explicit S&M love affair between a virginal college student and a spank-happy Seattle billionaire might work as a movie. Could two somewhat unknown actors—Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan—possibly do justice to the tortured complexities of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey? Could any director take Anastasia’s colorful interior monologue (i.e., “He’s my very own Christian Grey-flavored popsicle.”) and convey that same intensity with nothing but a camera?
Having carefully studied Fifty Shades of Grey we can report that the answers to those two questions are “yes” and “thank God not.” Indeed, the film, movie sex scenes and all, proved to be quite the educational experience. Here are 10 things we learned in the two hours we spent with the world’s most breathlessly beloved BDSM couple.
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