The Fifty Shades of Grey Movie: Release Day Review

Thank you to Mel MacFarlane of Voluptasse for this release day guest review of the Fifty Shades of Grey Movie.

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I hated the Fifty Shades of Grey book, there I said it. I thought it was a boring story with tame sex and a couple of lacklustre, crazed idiots – one of whom wanted to mercilessly beat one and another who simpered, bit her lip and let him do exactly what he wanted.

However, millions of women (and some men) fell in love with the story of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. Fifty Shades of Grey became one of the bestselling books of 2011 and the most anticipated movie of 2015. In Blackburn, the seats to all 7 showings on the 13th February were fully booked as couples flocked to experience the passionate love affair on the big screen. According to a member of management, this has never been seen before at our Cinema.

I met the film release with a groan. Did I really have to go? The thought of sitting through all those raging hormones and angst all just really didn’t appeal to me but, I promised myself that I would open my mind and give it a try. After all, as a seller of sex toys Fifty Shades has been marvellous for my business.

The story centres on a passionate love affair between Christian Grey, played by Jamie Dornan and Anastasia Steele, played by Dakota Johnson. They meet after Anastasia steps in to help a friend by interviewing the successful billionaire for the student newspaper. The attraction between the couple is instant and incredibly intoxicating. Christian finds himself unable to tear the unassuming Anastasia from his mind, unaware that she is sexually inexperienced virgin. Anastasia, consumed by this powerful connection, is willing to do anything to please Mr Grey -but are the depths of his dark fantasies too much for her to handle?

I recall being slightly disappointed by the choice of actors to play the characters in the film but admittedly, Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson played their parts beautifully. Mr Grey is a rather unpleasant character in the books but with some polished writing and better guidance, Jamie Dornan plays a much warmer and likable version of Christian Grey. He was also much more attractive on screen than he was in photographs so I was very impressed.

The film isn’t without the cheesy moments and I found myself rolling my eyes on a few occasions but it was also very entertaining and fun to watch. The sex scenes were more erotic than pornographic and relatively tame, but still enjoyable and arousing. Anastasia is clearly a consenting adult and her enjoyment of the process is evident by her responses and eagerness to continue. I also loved the Red Room of Pain. It had so many fascinating implements and was met with a collective gasp of appreciation from the cinema audience.

Overall, I really enjoyed the film which was a pleasant surprise. I found it much easier and more enjoyable to follow than the book. I appreciated a faster pace of story including the removal of the unnecessary dialogue. The more intense traits of Grey’s character have been discreetly removed to create a more likable and realistic character, whilst Anastasia who is initially rather feeble and frustrating develops into a much stronger and more relatable character.



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  1. Now that’s the kind of review I want to read. I won’t go see it in theaters, but I might see it when it comes out later on DVD/BluRay…maybe.

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