MTV Review | Fifty Shades of Grey
Read MTV's exclusive review of the most anticipated film of the year...
By: Katherine Raymond
UK Release Date: 13 February 2015
Running Time: 125 mins
Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Marcia Gay Harden, Rita Ora
Plot: At this point, even your gran is probably already familiar with the story of E.L. James’s phenomenon of a novel. But for the uninitiated: virginal, mousy university student Anastasia meets hunky 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey, and sparks fly. But it turns out he has a secret dark side… he’s all about S&M (no snuggling). If she wants a relationship with him, Anastasia has to sign a binding contract agreeing to do his sexual bidding.
Best Scene: The first time Christian shows a stunned Ana his well-equipped sex dungeon, which she dubs the ‘Red Room of Pain’.
Best One Liner: "I have a very particular set of tastes." Indeed.
Date Movie or Mate Movie: Date movie… under the right circumstances. It’ll certainly give a long-term couple some fresh inspiration—but invite a first date to this risqué flick and you’ll likely both spend two hours squirming in awkwardness.
Scene Stealer: The supporting cast is solid (although, hello, Rita Ora is onscreen for all of 2 minutes and 2 lines? Epic letdown!). But the real scene-stealer is Christian’s amazing apartment, from the to-die-for views to the infamous Red Room’s crazy assortment of kinky contraptions.
WTF Moment: Errr… Well, you can take your pick of the dungeon scenes. Or there’s the ‘business meeting’ at Christian’s super-slick corporate HQ where he and Ana haggle over terms of the sexual ‘contract’.
Summary: Diehard fans of the book will be thrilled to see the twisted romance played out on the big screen. And those who simply enjoy a steamy scene (or seven) will be thoroughly entertained. But the more dramatic the dialogue gets, the likelier you are to snicker when you’re meant to swoon.