What starts of as a typical ‘why to be single’ movie, quickly turns in to ‘how to be’. Different youngsters want to be single or attached for various reasons, highlighting the dilemma of both in the modern world.
A light breezy film, it could have packed more laughs but it had enough to get us through. Not overly reliant on sex or cliché feminism it had a balanced yet mostly bland view of relationships. Dakota Johnson plays her vulnerable card well and Rebel Wilson is dependable with the erratic laughs.
Predictable yet funny, it ended on a surprisingly unconventional note which did justice to the story.
Not having read the book, I was amazed by the ‘odd arrangement’ between the couple and asked myself many times ‘why would a woman do this?’
Based on a book written by E.L.James, actors Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson play the extremes of dominance/power and innocence/vulnerability. Though it is not a conventional couple, you can see why it would or would not work, depending on which flavour of ice cream you prefer 😉
I fear the result is a film which will be better than the book, though it was a bestseller. Some scenes (non sexual) and lines leave a lasting impact in the otherwise confused, painful and twisted fairytale.