“Fifty Shades of Grey” Preview Skips Sex, Ramps Up Romance
As the guilty literary pleasure of ladies the world over, “Fifty Shades of Grey” contains some of the most explicit sexual content of any mainstream book in the past century.
However, when Focus Features teased a five-minute preview at Las Vegas’ CinemaCon on Tuesday (March 25) there was no kink to be seen.
Nicole Sperling of Entertainment Weekly wrote, "Rather than fill the five-minute teaser with the sex that made the books by British author E L James so popular, the studio went against expectations and highlighted the romance between the two leads. But with the exception of a brief blindfold, a hand on a thigh and a glimpse of a riding crop, Mr. Grey's penchant for domineering sex was kept to a minimum."
"While the movie promises to be filled with all kinds of taboo carnal relations, what was shown in the clips was very PG-rated (they didn't even mention the word "sex."). Of course, there was plenty of innuendo and suggestion of Christian Grey's habits behind locked doors, but none of it was explicitly shown. The closest it came to showing anything even remotely R-rated was Ana tied to a bed with a blindfold on, but even that shot lasted only about half a second,” added CinemaBlend’s Eric Eisenberg.
And HitFix’s Gregory Ellwood didn’t seem convinced that stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson can create a spark on the silver screen- "As for the actors, Johnson appears to play Anastasia's wide eyed perspective appropriately and certainly looks good with a reddish brown dyed hair. Jamie Doran is handsome and has that debonair thing down, but…whether the two of them have genuine chemistry remains to be seen."