5 Sexy Secrets from the ‘Fifty Shades’ Trailer

The dialogue will be as cheesy as 'Twilight'

Helicopters! Elevators! Beds! Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele travel to such erotic venues in the first trailer for “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which Universal Studios unveiled on “Today” on Thursday morning. Here are five things we learned about the film, which opens on Valentine’s Day 2015.

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(1) Jamie Dornan > Charlie Hunnam. There was pandemonium when Hunnam suddenly bailed on playing Christian Grey last fall, but it might have been a blessing in disguise for Universal. Hunnam looked disheveled when he recently appeared at TCA, to promote his TV series “Sons of Anarchy.” On the other hand, Jamie Dornan, a former male model, makes for a more plausible kinky businessman. He seems to be interpreting the role as a cross between Robert Pattinson in “Twilight” and Tom Cruise circa “Eyes Wide Shut.” This could work. And his abs, which are briefly on display, earn an A+, according to our panel of experts.


(2) This is Dakota Johnson’s movie. I’ve been skeptical about whether she could carry her first major film role, especially given her limited onscreen film parts in “The Social Network” and “Need for Speed” (where she barely registered). But Johnson, who opens the first 45 seconds of the trailer, seems up for the task of projecting Anastasia’s vulnerability. I especially like the way she scrunches down in her blue cardigan sweater before her first meeting with Christian. And she doesn’t flinch with terrible lines like, “There’s really not much to know about me — look at me!” Speaking of which …


(3) The dialogue will be as cheesy as “Twilight.” Exhibit A: “I’m incapable of leaving you alone.” “Then don’t!” Also, director Sam Taylor-Wood films Christian and Anastasia in the woods, with the sun streaming through the branches, like they are a grown-up version of Edward and Bella.


(4) The sex is still a question mark. “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which will be rated R, can’t be as explicit as E.L. James’ pornographic books. The trailer downplays the story’s eroticism, with merely a glimpse of Dakota tied up, making a not-safe-for-morning-TV sound.

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(5) Beyonce’s remixed “Crazy in Love” is a good anthem for this story. But it would have been even better if she had a cameo in the film.

Trailer Grade: B+

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  1. steff says:

    I can’t wait to see Dakota become tge next big star. Shes so perfect for this role I’m in love with her natural beauty.
    Having read all the books i hope the movie does not disappoint .
    Are the squeezing everything in one movie or will they break this down to three movies like the books? Anyone know?

  2. Bobby says:

    Actually, Tanya makes some good points. If nay-sayers took the time to read the book(s), the entire trilogy….including the last chapter of the epilogue, “Meet Fifty Shades” that E L James has provided from Christian’s point of view, the readers find that Anna’s no chump, becomes a successful business woman, mom and an equal partner in marriage; and that Christian turns out to be a loving and faithful husband and a pretty cool dad. For the 100 million people that have read the books, we GET IT. From this trailer, we understand where Sam Taylor-Wood, as the director of the movie, is going with the story, AND WE LIKE what we see! It all seems to be on point, including the casting. For those that don’t know what I’m talking about, try reading the books, otherwise, your negative comments, just sound uninformed and silly.

    • Von says:

      Define equal and you must be talking about the “business” he unrealistically bought for her so he can control her right? It’s simply a movie based on fan fiction.
      When someone writes fanfiction they put a disclaimer stating the characters don’t belong to them correct?
      All EL James did was change the hair and eye color of the characters along with their names and fixed a few minor mistakes. Reading the book it is clear which Twilight character each of her characters used to be. Their personality is the same, which explains the dialogue being so similar to Twilight. Jamie isn’t channelling Pattinson as Edward. He is playing Edward Cullen as even more of an abusive person in a book that portrays BDSM immaculately.

      That is plagiarism. She’s lucky Stephenie Meyer isn’t allowed to read raunchy things.

  3. Carrie curtis says:

    I can’t wait. The trailer was interesting. Now. I have to read the books first

  4. Before the trailer, I was not convinced about Dakota in this and accepted Jamie as Christian, now I’m 100% for Dakota and about to cry over the terrible casting of Christian. WHY NOT ALEXANDER SKARSGARD? Also,did the trailer really need to promote Beyonce? Like people are seeing the movie you don’t need to name drop.

  5. Lee says:

    Wait for cable…

  6. Steve says:

    The trailer makes this film look horrendous – which it probably is.

  7. LOL says:

    Ugh! Terrible trailer. Girly crap. I bet it’s all champagne and cakes.

  8. Chris Lucas says:

    Wow! I think Dakota Johnson is going to be a big star. Look how she effortlessly she conveys a dowdy and innocent girl. Then she develops into an “experienced” woman by the end of the trailer. I take back my initial doubts. I think I’ll see this film on opening day after all.

  9. LL624 says:

    It’s expected for the dialogue to be as cheesy as Twilight. Why? Because the books were a Twilight fan fiction (who didn’t know this?)! This is also the reason I’m not interested in this movie

  10. lulu says:

    One singer in the film is enough (Rita Ora). Thanks but no. Beyonce on the soundtrack is good enough.

  11. Tanya says:

    So every time someone says “I love you” or “I can’t live without you” in a film, I guess that’s cheesy too.

    “There’s really not much to know about me — look at me” is a cheesy line? How?!! Did you not see what she was wearing? Her hair? Did you see what he was wearing? How he looked? The room she was in?

    She looks so plain Jane next to him. It’s a good comparison line. What woman who looked like her would think she could get a man like that? HOW IS THAT CHEESY?!!! Maybe you just don’t understand because men don’t think that way. Only a woman would understand that line. Men think they look good even when they don’t.

    When you say something is cheesy, you need to explain why you think it is because you sound like an idiot. The line fits the scene.

    Please don’t start with the Twilight references and bad attempts to compare because you sound foolish. It’s obvious you never read every book in either series because if you did, you wouldn’t go there. Besides, it’s a cheesy way of describing a film that is nothing like Twilight and it makes you a lazy writer because you think the non-Twilight fans would agree with you.

    For the record: Bella was not vulnerable or meek around Edward like Ana is around Christian. Maybe you should try reading the actual books and then you would understand that Ana is no Bella and Christian is no Edward. Robert isn’t Jamie and Kristen isn’t Dakota.

    Edward would NEVER sleep with Bella much less do the things that Christian does sexually with her. Bella could barely get a kiss from Edward up to the point where she changed into a vampire. He was always afraid to kiss her.

    The two stories and characters stand completely on their own regardless of its origination (MOTU). The only similarities between the two is that like Christian, Edward would give Bella the world and he loves her deeply. That’s it. Oh, would that be a “love story” perhaps? How cheesy. A love story. Geesh.

    It’s only cheesy to you because you’re middle aged man. An old man who has no spice in his life. What’s cheesy is seeing a middle-aged/old-enough-to-be-her-father man driving a 20-year old blonde a red corvette. Now that’s cheesy.

    The trailer is hot. The lines are hot. The story is hot. The actors are hot. Go into your cave and wake up February 15th and leave us be until then.

  12. Beyonce can’t act (stand down Beyhive, I’m a crazy Stan myself, I’m just a realist) , so I’m going to have to disagree with #5….

    • Blake says:

      actually in Obsessed she was not that bad considering… and secondly this is really not the kind of film material where you need to be an oscar nominee. just saying

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