Fifty Shades of Grey is an erotic romantic film based on a novel written by E. L. James which goes by the same name. The film was released on 9th February 2015 and is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson. Released by Universal Pictures and Focus Features, Fifty Shades of Grey features the likes of Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, and Marcia Gay Harden as the main cast.
How to Stream or Download Fifty Shades of Grey
To start streaming or downloading click on the Download button at the end of the review. The movie is available as an iTunes download both in SD and HD quality. There are different language versions (audio and subtitles). You should also watch out for the follow-ups: Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.
The Film Review
The movie focuses on a 21-year-old girl named Anastasia Steele who, after giving an interview, falls in love with a successful young businessman named Christian Grey. After finding out about Christian’s bizarre sexual desires mostly consisting of domination and BDSM, Anastasia has to make a choice to either conform to his Christian’s desires or move forward without him. The film mainly highlights Anastasia’s life as she continuously struggles to make decisions relating to her sex life with Christian. The film is strictly for those audiences who are above 18 as it contains nudity and bold scenes.
The producers and director initially opted for a different cast. The company wanted Ryan Gosling to star as Christian Grey, but the offer was rejected by the La La Land star. Other superstars who took an interest in the part include the likes of Ian Somerhalder and Chace Crawford. Whereas, for Anastasia’s character, actresses that were considered by the company included Alicia Vikander, Imogen Poots, Elizabeth Olsen, Shailene Woody, and Felicity Jones. After much consideration, it was finally decided that Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson would star in the trilogy series.
The film’s first single, Earned It, was released on 24th December 2014 by the Canadian singer The Weeknd. Following this, the second single, Love Me Like You Do, was released by Ellie Goulding on 7th January 2015. Love Me Like You Do quickly became popular amongst the fans. The hit song reached the top 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs, eventually becoming an overall success in the long term as well.
Despite the hype of the film, it has been deeply criticized by audiences from around the world. In addition to that, the film was also welcomed by controversies and anti-release petitions out of which, one of them managed to achieve 50,000 signatures from people all around the world who were calling for a ban on the film permanently. Moreover, many critics and fans have also believed that the film, as a whole, was based on a badly written book that encouraged the act of abuse.
The fact that most of the film revolved around Anastasia being dominated and beaten by Christian gave vibes of domestic violence and a girl who constantly tolerated it throughout the film. Even fans of the original books have claimed that the film is plain boring and predictable.
Fifty Shades of Grey is a film that can only be watched by a very specific audience. It’s not family-friendly nor is it relationship friendly by any means. The film is a mix of people taking pleasure from a beatdown during intimacy. Needless to say, the film isn’t the kind one would want to watch repeatedly with interest.
- Love me LIke You Do is a great song
- Worse than the books
- Not family-friendly
- Might encourage abuse