With a career relatively traced to that of Robert Pattinson, Dakota Johnson is one of the most interesting actresses on the current scene. Visceral, restrained and charismatic performances in an unclassifiable and multifaceted career.
Adapting youth best-sellers is a risky sport. On the one hand, it is a guaranteed mass success thanks to the faithful followers of this literary model. On the other, it is the perfect target for a large part of the public. Sagas like Divergent, The Hunger Games or Twilight are the clear example of this idea. Bulk movies that get worse with each new installment and arouse more hate than love.
Of all the best-sellers of the century, Fifty Shades of Gray is one of the most extreme cases. 31 million copies sold in 37 countries and a huge legion of fans. Any adaptation of such a controversial novel (both thematically and in terms of success) to the big screen was going to arouse excessive hype. Fifty Shades of Gray, directed by Sam Taylor-Wood, premiered in 2015 and was followed by two sequels: Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.
Unsurprisingly, the first film was a massive box office success (over $ 500 million grossed worldwide) and its two subsequent installments went flat, but were still a success. It should be said that the word “success” remains on the sidelines if we talk about the assessment of critics and the majority sector of the public. It was torn apart and branded as a macho movie and badly shot and performed. A bad movie, after all.