By Viviana Vidal
Having sold more than 100 million copies and translated into over 52 languages, the much anticipated film adaptation of E. L. James’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” is set to premiere Friday, Feb. 13.
The suggestive tale follows a reserved literature student, Anastasia Steele, filling in to interview the mysterious entrepreneur Christian Grey. Ana comes to the realization that she is inexplicably drawn to Christian, who is unlike anyone she has ever encountered. Enigmatic Christian is also curious of Ana’s shy and submissive demeanor; he wants her desperately, but by his own rules.
Quickly, their provocative and physical romance ensues. Ana discovers Christian’s singular tastes and absolute need for control. She is uncertain, yet willing to participate in Christian’s arousing demands. Even though he appears to have it all—an abundance of wealth, a thriving business, and a caring family—Ana still wonders what else lies beyond those “piercing grey eyes”.
Controversy surrounds the film’s debut as audiences are split due to its depiction of certain sexual practices. Junior electronic media major Bradi Gallagher says, “It will be interesting to see how the movie portrays the BDSM sex culture that many people practice behind closed doors. I think it’s a perfect film to shed light on that taboo.”
Junior library science major Olivia Masser is “curious to see Fifty Shades simply because of the romance factor and how attractive the actor is.” On the other hand, she says, “ I don’t want to see it because of the erotica, that’s just not my thing to read or to see in movie form.”
While Christian explores Ana’s limits, Ana eventually peels back the layers that make up the alluring Christian Grey, but at a price. Will Ana be able to return from the precipice of desire, or will the “Red Room of Pain” forever dominate her? Find out Valentine’s Day weekend.