Saturday, 21 February 2015

Film Review: Fifty Shades of Grey (2015).

So yes I finally saw this after refusing to for ages because I hated the books so much. The sex scenes really didn't bother me apart from a few bits, it was genuinely the awful grammar and spelling mistakes that the author was making and the fact this trilogy made more money than the Harry Potter books which really annoyed me. Because we all know it didn't make money for its storyline.

What's it about?
I don't know anyone who doesn't know what this film is about but if you don't.. Fifty Shades of Grey is an erotic romantic drama film directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson. Based on British author E. L. James' best-selling trilogy of the same name, it is about a college graduate called Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) who meets Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) to interview him for her room mate and eventually begins a sadomasochistic relationship with him.

My thoughts
I'm not going to go on about the books but I have to say after the huge buzz from them and the film being hotly anticipated, this turned out to be a bit of an anti-climax. It definitely doesn't pass as a "romantic drama" and it lacks any psychological intensity that exists in the books. 

Dakota Johnson's Anastasia was a little bit one-dimensional and her acting was a little flat and almost laughable. However there was some scenes and one liners that made me laugh which surprised me so it was nice to have some comedic elements which broke away from the monotonous scenes. But there were definitely some cheesy lines that sounded bad enough in the book let alone in film form.

I really like Jamie Dornan as an actor and he is great eye candy but even he struggled with this role and I don't blame him for any of it. The Irishman had to put on an American accent which he struggled with as well sometimes. The acting was so flat and wooden sometimes that when it came to the emotional and deep-secret-revealing scenes, I didn't feel at all moved and it just failed to do anything for the storyline.

The sex scenes were quite erotic and graphic enough to push the 18 age certificate to its limit for sure but they also fell a little flat if you compare it to the book. When you've read the books, you do expect it to be a lot more than it was. Also I didn't appreciate how the woman is always the one being sexualised more than the man. We saw Dakota's private parts more so than Jamie's, we literally only saw two sneaky glimpses of his before the camera moved away to linger on Dakota's body again.

So I didn't like it like I knew I wouldn't but the comedic one liners and scenes did make me laugh so at least that's something. It was just odd to actually have the book in film form and hearing it sound even more worse than it does on paper. 

Have you seen it? What did you think of it?
Thankyou for reading.
Laura.

59 comments:

  1. I havne't seen it, again like you have said, I won't like it, I know I won't like it! I think just because a (mediocre) book was a best seller doesn't make it 1) a good book, and 2) it DOESNT meant it should be made into a FILM!! I think the world went momentarily mad when they went on this hype.

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    1. I completely agree, Lucia! I only went because my friend wanted to see it too and we wanted a bit of a girls night out. I knew I definitely wouldn't like it though x

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  2. I didn't like the fact the woman was "exposed" and the male wasn't, how is that fair? I think it's pretty degrading that we can be shown freely and men aren't. I enjoyed the sound track, it was the only positive for me! Haha x

    Hannah x | hannatalks

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    1. Yeah exactly, Hannah, I completely agree. I did like the soundtrack, Beyoncé's parts were pretty good. Thanks for reading x

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  3. I haven't seen it yet and have been debating about it because I feel the movies would be lackluster and ruin it for me.. eh. We will see.

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    1. I would love to know your thoughts if you do see it. Thanks for reading x

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  4. I haven't seen it or read the books but I'm loving reading reviews about it. I have to say it seems like a lot of people agree with you, cringe-y dialogue and predictable plots are never my cup of tea! X

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    1. Oh yeah definitely very cringe-worthy dialogue! Thanks for reading! x

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  5. What a great post. I really enjoyed reading. xx
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  6. I'm wanting to go and see it so that I can see what all the fuss is about. Sounds like it wasn't worth the trip to the cinema! Rebecca | www.rebeccamariee.blogspot.com xx

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    1. If you reeeally want to watch it, I'd definitely say find it somewhere online, it certainly isn't worth the ticket price haha. x

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  8. I still haven't seen it and have heard such mixed reviews! Loved your review!

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  9. Great review, Laura! This was a fantastic reading. I totally agree, the movie sucks, just like the books! xx

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  10. Yeah, I don't think I will be watching this one-- It just seems like way too over the top lol
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  11. super great analogy of the movie.

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  13. I've never read the book but obviously heard lots about it, it's refreshing to read an honest review on the film! All sounds a bit over-hyped to me. Great review :) xx

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    1. Yeah it is by overrated I think! Thanks for reading, Amy c

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  14. I tried reading the first book and could not get through it. You're right, it was not well written. Sad that it made more money than Harry Potter! Great post.

    Sarah
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    1. I know, Harry Potter was so much better by a mile! Thanks for reading x

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  16. I've heard so many mixed reviews of this film so I might have to watch it before I make up my mind
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    1. It's upto you haha. Thanks for reading x

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  17. I have not seen it yet, but thinking about it, just because it is so hyped and everywhere haha! But I didn't like the book(s) either, started reading the first one and had to stop, it was just not good.

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  18. Didn't svn read it so far - it's not what interests me most, and I prefer to spend my time in other ways. Thought about watching the film - as soon as it comes to TV maybe :)

    Rosa
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  19. I have not seen it and am waiting for it on Redbox. Almost everyone I talked to said it was a let down!!
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    1. Definitely hyped up too much! Thanks for reading anyway, Darcy x

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  20. I so so agree with you Laura. The books were so awful that I couldnt get myself to read beyone 100 pages of the last one. The story was a complete rip off of twilight with the vampires and werewolves being replaced by BDSM or kinky fuckery as EL James wrote. When I saw the trailer of the movie I totally realised how flat the film adaptation was. It looked so super boring so I am so not surprised to read from your review that it was quite blah. I guess the only element of interest would be the sex scenes but then again, we can watch porn too. LOL I feel this franchise would be better off of they made a porn flick instead! No wonder the ticket sales fell by 73% in the second week. I'm not surprised! Great review though!!
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    1. Thankyou for your fab comment, June! I totally agree with everything you've said. It's just terrible in all honesty haha. Thanks for reading! x

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  21. I've basically gotten the same reviews from friends... still refusing to see it myself as I also have not read the books. It all just doesn't do it for me.

    BUT go you for actually seeing it!

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    1. Props to you, Kaley! Thanks for reading x

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  23. Interesting review! I have never read the books and I have been torn to see the movie... But I will probably go see it now!
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  26. I think most women prefer to see other women's private parts to be honest...

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    1. Can't say I do haha! Thanks for reading anyway x

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  27. Excellent review! I still haven't been to see the film but heard it was great from my friends but I'm still not to sure :-) xx

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  28. I havn't watched this film as I really wasn't keen on the books and I wasn't eager like most women to go and watch this! I feel its more of a I'm bored and its finally on Netflix kind of film than a cinema film! I'm thankful your review agrees with everything I thought about what the film was going to be!
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    1. Yeah I definitely agree. Thanks for reading! x

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