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Fifty Shades of Grey
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The Razzie Awards sure did drop some shade onto this movie...
Genre: Erotic
Drama
Romance
Directed By: Sam Taylor-Johnson
Produced By: Dana Brunetti
Michael De Luca
E.L. James
Written By: Kelly Marcel
Based On: Fifty Shades of Grey
by E. L. James
Starring: Dakota Johnson
Jaime Dornan
Eric Johnson
Jennifer Ehle
Marcia Gray Harden
Rita Ora
Luke Grimes
Victor Rasuk
Photography: Color
Cinematography: Seamus McGarvey
Distributed By: Universal Pictures
Release Date: February 9, 2015 (Los Angeles)
Feburary 13, 2015 (United States)
Runtime: 125 minutes (Rated)
128 minutes (Unrated)
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $40 million
Box Office: $571 million
Franchise: Fifty Shades
Sequel: Fifty Shades Darker


Fifty Shades Of Grey is a 2015 American erotic romantic drama film directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, with a screenplay by Kelly Marcel. The film is based on E. L. James2011 novel of the same name and stars Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, a college graduate who begins a sadomasochistic relationship with young business magnate Christian Grey, played by Jamie Dornan. This film (along with Fant4stic) won Worst Picture at the 36th Golden Raspberry Awards. The film premiered at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival on February 11, 2015, and was released on February 13, 2015, by Universal Pictures and Focus Features. It is the first installment in the Fifty Shades film trilogy and was followed by two sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, released in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

Plot

When college senior Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) steps in for her sick roommate to interview prominent businessman Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) for their campus paper, little does she realize the path her life will take. As enigmatic as he is rich and powerful, Christian finds himself strangely drawn to Ana and her to him. Though sexually inexperienced, Ana plunges headlong into an affair -- and learns that Christian's true sexual proclivities push the boundaries of pain and pleasure.

Why It's Fifty Shades of TRASH

  1. For starters, this movie has no good reason to exist, as it is based on an already terrible book. Why would you make a book adaptation that already has really bad writing? That's like making a gritty film adaptation based on Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing.
  2. It romanticizes sexual abuse.
  3. Really bad acting, especially from Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey. No words to describe how bad the acting is, save for the latter's poor acting skills.
  4. The film has barely any actual story whatsoever. Its basically just a story for soft-core porn and abuse.
  5. Some of the sex scenes are rather poor and just come off as forced, as they are just rape and torture.
  6. Christian and Ana's relationship has anything, but really bad and no chemistry. In fact, their relationship is more abusive than loving.
  7. The portrayal of BDSM in this film is so incorrect, it can be fatal to those who try it.
  8. Christian Grey is a really unlikeable character, as he stalks and abuses Ana throughout the film. He's also a big insult to maledom and dominatrixes, especially the males. What an abusive creep!
  9. Anastasia Steele is also unlikeable due to her being a huge Mary Sue, and is also stupid enough to not see the red flags coming from Christian Grey's actions.
  10. Lazy directing of Sam Taylor-Johnson. Even the director herself hated the film. She said that her differences with E.L James caused her to walk away from the series.
  11. Poor pacing. This is because of sex scenes, which come off as boring.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The soundtrack is amazing courtesy of Danny Elfman with notable examples including:
    • "Earned It" by The Weeknd is an R&B/chamber pop track that just oozes seduction. Although some people express dismay we now have to refer to Fifty Shades of Grey as an "Oscar nominee", the song itself is thought to have more than "earned it".
    • "Love Me Like You Do" by Ellie Goulding is universally acclaimed and agreed to be much sexier and more romantic than the actual movie thanks to the writing and Goulding's performance. It even got a reprise in Fifty Shades Freed. It was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song
    • "Crazy in Love" by Beyoncé...the remix she recorded specifically for Fifty Shades of Grey, that is (although the original's great too). Featured in the trailer, this version of the song has a much darker, more dramatic sound and atmosphere, coming off as positively eerie at times. It helps establish the tone the film is going for very well. There are even some who opine that it surpasses the original.
    • "I Know You" by Skylar Grey is a hauntingly vulnerable song detailing a person entreating their love interest to let them in and not let their past ruin their future, which fits perfectly with Ana's view of Christian and their relationship.
  2. Beautiful cinematography thanks to Seamus McGarvey's excellent filming.
  3. Turning a fanfiction into a film is a unique idea as the Fifty Shades trilogy started as a fanfiction of The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer.
  4. The ending scene where Christian and Ana broke up in the original cut was great, although it was very short lived in the extended cut as it hints that the pair get back together anyway.
  5. Depending on your view, the sex scenes, while are somewhat forced, some of then are arousing and seductive to watch, and many are well done, such as the ice on her body. Unfortunately, the following films degrade a lot.

Reception

Fifty Shades of Grey received generally negative reviews, with criticism of its acting, screenplay, and pacing; however, some critics noted it as an improvement over the book, and others praised the cinematography and set design as well as soundtrack. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 25% approval rating with an average rating of 4.20/10 based on 281 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "While creatively better endowed than its print counterpart, Fifty Shades of Grey is a less than satisfying experience on the screen.". Metacritic gave the film a score of 46 out of 100, based on reviews from 46 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". In CinemaScore polls conducted during the opening weekend, cinema audiences gave the film an average grade of "C+" on an A+ to F scale.

Jeremy Jahns give it Dogshit! rating and was featured for Top 10 Worst Movies of 2015.

Box office

Despite receiving generally negative reviews, Fifty Shades of Grey was an immediate box office success, breaking numerous box office records and grossed $166.2 million in the US and Canada and $403.5 million in other countries, for a worldwide total of $569.7 million against a budget of US$40 million. It is currently the fourth-highest-grossing film directed by a woman (behind Mamma Mia!, Kung Fu Panda 2, and Wonder Woman), and at the time of the end of its theatrical run, it was the fourth-highest-grossing R-rated film of all time (behind The Hangover Part II, The Passion of the Christ, and The Matrix Reloaded).

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Trivia

  • The film was banned in Cambodia, Kenya, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, India, and Zimbabwe. In Kenya, Anyone who distributes or shows the movie is liable to prosecution.
  • Sex scenes constitute 14 minutes and 17 seconds of the run-time.
  • After its release, many parents are furious to discover this movie being shown within view of children's movie at the drive-in theatre of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, which cursing to cancel the planned cinema trip and head home.[1]
  • Remote controlled cameras were utilized for a majority of the sex scenes so the set could be more private for the actors, though stunt coordinator Melissa R. Stubbs said in an interview that in some of the wilder scenes, the two lead actors had to spend hours naked in front of a full crew.
  • There was initial speculation that the film could receive an NC-17 rating in the United States. Studios typically steer away from the adults-only rating due to the impact the classification has on a film's commercial viability, with some theatre chains refusing to exhibit NC-17-rated films. While screenwriter Marcel said she expected the film to be NC-17-rated, producer De Luca anticipated the less restrictive R rating. On January 5, 2015, the MPAA did give the film an R rating, basing its decision on "strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behavior and graphic nudity, and language."

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