Following its February release, Sam Taylor-Johnson's adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey has gone on to become one of the most talked-about films of the year. Actress Dakota Johnson has hit back at criticism of the relationship between its lead characters, saying that Anastasia is not a "victim"
Since plans were first announced for an adaptation of E.L. James' bestselling erotic novel 50 Shades of Grey, fans and critics of the franchise alike had expressed uncertainty about what to expect from the film. Unveiled last month to international fanfare, the movie went on to be one of the most successful releases of the year, taking just under $100 million in its first four days. Despite rumours to the contrary, 50 Shades of Grey actor Jamie Dornan declared his wife Amelia Warner to be "massively supportive" of the films during an interview with the Daily Mail. More recently, star Dakota Johnson has defended the film's explicit scenes, saying that her character isn't a "victim".
Speaking to TV2, the actress slammed critics who found the film 'abusive', saying: 'I think that is an uneducated opinion. Maybe because I know more about the BDSM world, so it makes sense to me, but everything that these characters do, they make the decision to do it... Christian doesn’t abuse Ana. She’s not a victim. She’s not a sad, weak-minded, passive person. She’s strong and confident and is exploring her body and her sexuality in a private environment with somebody that she loves. And, you know, it’s a movie.' It looks like fans of the franchise can expect to see Johnson reprise the role of Anastasia Steele, with co-star Jamie Dornan recently confirming his intention to star in a Fifty Shades of Grey sequel. So, what did you think of 50 Shades of Grey? Were you a fan of the relationship between Christian and Ana?