To see "Fifty Shades of Grey" is to realize that movies could really use more sex scenes directed by women like Sam Taylor-Johnson. Women know how to take their time. As directed by Taylor-Johnson, those bedroom and playroom interludes are as erotic as any reader of E.L. James' novel might hope them to be, and they're not at all lewd. They're effective because they're personal, all about the people involved and their longing.
In a movie that's as much about sex as this one, that's a major asset, and "Fifty Shades" has the additional advantage of two charismatic leads in the main roles. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are not merely adequate. She is instantly engaging and the focus of the audience's sympathetic attention ...
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