Kenna has worked in the entertainment business for over 20 years, promoting special events with musicians, celebrities, and dignitaries.
Started as a Blog
E.L. James wrote Fifty Shades of Grey as a blog while at work. And readers loved it, so she wrote more and published the first book. It became a whopping success, so she wrote another, creating a trilogy. Now, the three bestsellers are movies.
Three Books and Three Movies
The story is about two people who fall in love and share a precarious relationship. Christian and Anastasia endure an erotic bond that Christian dominates. Anastasia is overwhelmed by it all and tries to end the relationship.
In the second book, Fifty Shades Darker, we find out why Christian still enjoys inflicting pain on his women. He struggles with his demons, but Ana loves him and confronts his anger and the other women in his past.
In the third book, Fifty Shades Freed, they become married, and Ana gains more independence while Christian struggles with letting her be free.
The three movies arrived in the movie theaters on subsequent Valentine's Day to catch the romantic spirit of the holiday. Whether you have seen any of the films or not, I am delighted to share some favorite movie clips.
Best "Fifty Shades of Grey" Movie Trailer
Fifty Shades Darker is the second film in the trilogy. The trailer is by far the best one of all three. The music and edit cuts indicate all the qualities that made the book series extremely successful.
Anastasia Takes Charge
This clip shows how Anastasia is no longer the naive young woman she was in the first movie, Fifty Shades of Grey. She is even willing to banter with Christian and have a little fun.
Pick Option Two
“I don't know whether to worship at your feet or spank the living shit out of you.”
— E.L. James, "Fifty Shades Darker"
The Vanilla Relationship
I watch this scene, and I can't help but be impressed with Jamie Dornan. His acting is believable as a struggling Christina who doesn't want to lose the only woman he ever truly loved.
Still, this is a silly scene, done differently, and more appealing for people who find it hard to believe in such a relationship.
"He Let's You Call Him by His Name"
I remember when I read this scene in the book. I thought the writing told the story well, and it kept me glued to the pages.
Christian ruined the girl, showing the adverse effects a dominating relationship can cause. This storyline also shows how strong and caring Ana is and how she wouldn't put up with such domination from Christian.
“I wasn't aware we were fighting. I thought we were communicating.”
— E.L. James, "Fifty Shades Darker"
Get Your Hands Off My Husband
I like this scene because it is refreshing to see Ana tell this woman, "Get your hands off my husband."
I remember reading this part in the third book and thinking, "Boy, Anastasia sure has grown into a strong woman." I wondered if Christian was still faithful to his wife.
"Oh, I am so Sorry."
This scene sold the third movie, Fifty Shades Darker. The actors feel more comfortable around each other and are having fun.
This scene is too sweet for my taste. I don't remember it being in the book, and the screenplay is by Niall Leonard.
"Would You Change Your Name for Me?"
The movie clip is a good scene because it shows the fans how their relationship has grown into a give and take.
I scratch your back. You scratch my back. Ana needs to prove herself, and Christian is letting her but at what cost.
Dornan's Naked Back
This movie clip shows us the old Christian. He surprises her but places a mask on her face. It seems romantic but different when Ana initiates a romantic interlude.
There is tension in the scene - foreboding. With that, I sure do like all these movie clips showing Jamie Dornan's naked back. His back is in perfect shape. Don't you think?
“God, I’m a lucky son of a bitch.” - Christian Grey
— E.L. James, "Fifty Shades Freed"
What are Your Favorite Scenes?
I hope you have enjoyed my favorite scenes from all three Fifty Shades of Grey movies.
Please feel free to comment and tell me which ones are your favorites.
Fifty Shades - The Honeymoon - Behind the Scenes Look
"Fifty Shades Darker" and "Freed" with Jack Hyde
Did any of you like the scenes with Jack Hyde? The story is about Ana and Christian, but Jack arrives and plays the villain. He is gorgeous.
The costume designer talks about his looks and how she dressed him for the movie. Watch the movie clip, and see if perhaps you thought some of his scenes were at the same level as Ana and Christian's.
The scene when Jack grabs Ana is scary but hot.
Another Fifty Shades Movie?
Is there a fourth Fifty Shades movie? From the looks of it, probably not. E.L. James wrote two books since the trilogy, Grey and Darker.
They tell the same story but from Christian's perspective, not Ana's. It works in literature but not in film since it's the same story.
The trilogy has Ana telling the story, and the reader knows the story from her perspective, not Christian's. But in the film, we see Christain and Ana objectively, so it's like seeing both views. Making a movie from Christain's perspective is too much like the Fifty Shades movies. It's like making the same movie again.
Doran has even said he doesn't see himself playing Grey anymore because he's too old.
Marcia Gay Harden, who played Christain's adoptive mother, won't mind returning for another go at being a Grey.
It appears unlikely another Fifty Shades movie is on the horizon, but it could happen. Hollywood is infamous for keeping a profitable franchise going. Look at Fantastic Beasts, a spin-off from Harry Potter or Solo: A Star Wars Story.
© 2018 Kenna McHugh
Kenna McHugh (author) from Northern California on March 15, 2018:
The story is interesting and sparked too much controversy for my taste, but the movie was a box office success. The main character Christian Grey being a mystery made it a page-turner. Ana being naive at first and then becoming stronger for Grey is a great way to tell a story. I am sure the Blu-rays and DVDs sell even better than the box office. It launched Dakota Johnson's career. I am interested in seeing how her career develops.
Nikki Khan from London on March 15, 2018:
Book was wonderful to read, movie was amazing and acted very well by Christain and Ana, movie characters.
I liked many scenes, especially the inner mind tension of Ana to become a fearless lady.
Thanks for sharing your fav ones with us Kenna.