I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction (FreshFiction.tv) as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.
Preston Barta // Film Critic
FIFTY SHADES OF GREY | Opening Feb. 14, 2015 | Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson | Stars: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Aaron Taylor-Johnson (rumored), Jennifer Ehle, Max Martini, Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford, Dylan Neal, Victor Rasuk and Marcia Gay Harden
Universal Pictures gives us our first teasing-glimpse of Sam Taylor-Johnson’s forthcoming film adaptation of the incredibly popular E.L. James novel, in which a student journalist named Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) takes up an unconventional relationship with Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), a wildly successful young entrepreneur with a dangerous taste for sadomasochism.
Below is the first teaser and our reactions (female and male perspective).
Trailer No. 1:
Having read the books, I think it’s going to be a love-hate movie-going experience. When you’re reading the books you’re very into the situation, and watching this movie (based on the trailer) might be a little cringe-inducing at times (such as the pick for the guy to play Christian Grey). However, it does have its moments where it brought me back to the feelings I had when reading the novel. So color me excited, but not ‘super’ excited.
– Haley Barta
While this movie doesn’t hit any new notes in terms of love story, I have to commend Universal for going with two leads who are not ‘models.’ The two leads (Johnson and Dornan) look like ordinary people.
Yes, like every guy, I rolled my eyes at this trailer. I’m not excited for this like I am, say, the next STAR WARS or AVENGERS, but I drag my wife to a lot of movies she doesn’t want to see. It’s her turn. Although, my interests would probably be a little higher if Charlie Hunnam (SONS OF ANARCHY) hadn’t dropped out, but then again, it was a smart career choice of him to pull out. I’ll see all you guys in line for this movie come Valentine’s Day…
– Preston Barta
FIFTY SHADES OF GREY opens Feb. 14, 2015.