On February 13, 2015, years of torturous anticipation and tantalizing Internet teases will finally climax with the theatrical release of "Fifty Shades of Grey." With Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson taking on the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele from E.L. James' beloved trilogy, fan-ticipation for a romantic film series is at the highest its been since "Twilight" came out in 2008.
Basically, to call this film's release a major cultural moment is an understatement. The book's NC-17, "mommy porn" material is unprecedented for a major film release, which is why our anticipation climaxed when we saw the film's first theatrical trailer:
The slow-downed Beyonce “Crazy In Love" track, the steamy kiss in the elevator, and -- of course -- the Red Room of Pain had us stoked to see just how many boundaries would be pushed with Sam Taylor-Johnson's film. Would they show the book's controversial tampon scene? Would we see Anastasia do that, um, thing with those... you know ... balls? And, perhaps most importantly, would the film break major cultural boundaries by showing full-frontal male nudity in a major blockbuster movie?
Our excitement for the film was at an all-time high after this trailer last summer, but then Dornan did an interview with The Guardian last November that somehow managed to intrigue us even more. In the interview, Dornan said that he would not be showing his "todger." And -- perhaps even more intriguingly -- Dornan added that a lot of the racy material that made fans fall in love with the books probably wouldn't make it to the movie.
“You want to appeal to as wide an audience as possible without grossing them out," Dornan said. "You don’t want to make something gratuitous, and ugly, and graphic."
Okay, woah. If we were excited to see this film after the trailer, we're even more intrigued to see it now. Is it going to be the graphic sex-romp we were expecting after reading the books? The scintillating romantic drama teased in the preview? Or, as Dornan teased, will it be something a bit more PG-13?
We're still not quite sure, and the unknowns about this groundbreaking film are what will keep us going throughout the dreary box office month that is January. Laters, babes!