Flash Movie Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

The only reason I started listening to their conversation was because I thought they were talking about Russian royalty. As I stood in line to check out my groceries, two women in front of me were talking about someone named Anastasia. Since it was the title to one of my favorite Ingrid Bergman films, my ears perked up upon hearing that name. I quickly realized they were not talking about the movie so I lost interest in their conversation. Some time shortly after I was in a store and while in the shoe department I heard some people nearby talking about Anastasia and Christian. What were the chances I would hear the name Anastasia twice in one week? It was not long before I kept hearing about these two individuals everywhere I went, from the office to the health club to any retail establishment; it was unreal how many people were talking about them. Feeling like I hadn’t been invited to the party I asked a couple of coworkers to explain to me who were these two people, Christian and Anastasia. After getting acquainted with these characters from author E.L. James’ 2011 book, 50 Shades of Grey, I became even more fascinated by their ability to draw so many people into their world.    AFTER all this time I have finally been introduced to the infamous couple in this dramatic romance film based on the book. Dakota Johnson (Need for Speed, Beastly) and Jamie Dornan (Marie Antoinette, Shadows in the Sun) played Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey; she, a college student and he, a young successful business entrepreneur. If there is anyone left besides me who has not read the book, the story is about these two characters’ attraction to each other, though for different reasons. Starting with the screenplay written by Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks, Terra Nova-TV), I really wished E.L. James would have written it because I thought the script was poorly done, with some real awful lines. I do not know if it was due to the lack of chemistry between the two main stars (there was none), but I still do not understand what the attraction was for Christian. From her 1st entrance into his office to him suddenly flying out to see her at the hardware store where she worked, I just did not get it. Scenes seemed disjointed or maybe I should say they lacked the emotion one would expect for such a scene. Again I want to stress I did not read the book; but as for this movie, I found sitting through it to be a painful experience. However, maybe you should check with the majority of women at my viewing who were hooting and hollering whenever Christian took off any of his clothing.


1 2/3 stars


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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on February 16, 2015, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 30 Comments.

  1. I couldn’t believe anyone would make a movie of such tripe (I’ve neither read nor viewed a word of it, but I’ve heard plenty about it), or that anyone would go to see it. Not to put too fine a point on it, but apparently I always underestimate mankind’s prurient interest in such Macaque monkeyness.

  2. I’ll take your word for it. After seeing the trailer I had not interest in watching this travesty. Thanks. 🙂

  3. Well I am with on never having read the book, and now completely have no interest in the movie either. Thank you for the review.

  4. I haven’t read the book but our film reviewer on National Radio said the film script was superior to the writing in the book. So…….! I will not be seeing the film.

  5. I haven’t read the books and don’t plan to. It seems every magazine from Time to Vanity Fair have articles this month. I haven’t read anything that will send me to the theater.

  6. Like you I hadn’t read the books, but I thought the film was appalling. I was crying “red” within ten minutes… In its defence, I did like a couple of moments, such as the trip in the glider but the reality is that I was just grateful that I’ve now seen the film so I don’t have to read the novels…

  7. You can add me to the list of your readers who have not read the book. I was told it was badly written by a friend who otherwise loved it and that was enough for me. I don’t waste time reading badly written fiction. Furthermore the plot and themes do not interest me, might offend me even, so I have zero interest in seeing this movie. I think the popularity of the book was a flash in the pan zeitgeist thing. I can only imagine the film will be as disposible.

  8. Whenever the book appeared on the scene, I was astonished to find that my ninety-year-old aunt and many of her friends at the assisted living facility where she lived were gobsmacked by it. Apparently they passed one copy of the book around and read the covers off it! That tickled me because I had absolutely no interest in reading it – and after your review, I have the same level of interest in the movie. If my aunt were still alive, I’m sure she would ask me to take her to see the movie!

  9. No not reading, not watching. But thanks for the review.

  10. So the movie makes justice to the book… They are both bad! 😀

  11. Great work! I think the script was doomed no matter who wrote it…

    Nope, haven’t read the books, and I have zero interest in doing so.

  12. I haven’t read the book and don’t think I will bother, your review sums up what the tabloids and critics here are saying also, disjointed and poorly presented, pity as the name Anastasia is a beautiful name, if I recall it was the name used in Doctor Zhivargo.

  13. Thanks for taking the time to give a like to my current post at Evolution Made Easier. I always appreciate when someone does that, plus it helps lead me to what they’re up to, like this interesting blog and post of yours. I didn’t read the book or see the movie, but I’ve certainly heard a lot about both over the last couple of years. There was a mother that posted an open letter on FB to her teenage son and daughter after seeing the movie and said she hoped they’d never see the movie, but if they did, to please realize that how the movie portrayed “love” was really something akin to stalking and abuse. She made some very thought-provoking points. Wish I had a link to it and I’d share it here in case anyone else might like to read it.

    • Thank you so much for stopping by to leave your comments. I appreciate you mentioning the stalking and abuse angle because for some it will come across like it. Keep up the wonderful work you are doing on your site.

  14. I haven’t read the books or seen the movie nor will I. I’m taking it on good advice that is one of the most abusive movies around currently. I’m no prude but I’m saddened by depictions of abusive relationships which try to ‘normalise’ violence and abuse for the public particularly young people. Try Amanda Woolst’s write up for a full review.

  15. Well, the book is pretty terrible, in a prose style for which pedestrian is too kind a descriptor. So maybe the movie and the book are well matched.

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