Fifty Shades Of Grey: Blu-ray Review











The Movie:

Shy and unassuming literature student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) finds her life forever altered when she interviews the enigmatic Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and is dazzled by the charismatic entrepreneur and his high-flying lifestyle. As the pair embarks on a passionate affair, Ana soon discovers that Grey has dark secrets and desires that will push her to the limits of her imagination—and beyond.

Ok, I’m going to throw out a disclaimer right at the beginning. I have had no knowledge of this story outside of what I’ve heard in the media so I went into this with a clean slate and an open mind. Now that that’s out of the way let’s get started. This film finds a shy girl being pulled into a world of BDSM but I don’t see Johnson playing this part. There’s something about her that seemed like she was just half asleep or just woke up from a nap throughout the film. Dornan is a handsome guy and all but in trying to make his character mysterious and brooding it just came off as weird and creepy. As far as the story goes, I didn’t buy any of it. You have a rich guy that scoops up a random girl and tries to motivate her and pressure her into BDSM stuff by having a contact put together. I can just see women that are fans of this book rolling their eyes at me and telling me “You don’t understand”. Maybe I don’t but what I do understand from a male standpoint is that it looks like he could end up being some sort of serial killer in the end and not just a misunderstood billionaire. Sounds like Robert Durst to me. Sure there is some Super Fun Sexy Time sprinkled here and there but then he does something weird by saying “I told you, I don’t sleep next to anyone”. He then proceeds to tell her that he’s “Fifty Shades of Fucked Up” which is the worst line to be used in the film and starts to tell Anastasia that it’s just the way he is. That gives the audience a clue that this guy has a backstory but it wasn’t really enough to make me even want to find out why and it just kind of ends there. The best moments from the film actually came when they actually did normal couple kind of things. For instance the whole plane scene I thought was really cool and kind of sweet but it was over within a few minutes and went back to being what it was. The cinematography however was beautiful and every shot was amazingly set up with the best shots being of the city and the nightlife. Don’t get me wrong I know that this isn’t aimed towards a male audience but I just wish it was at least interesting enough to watch. There’s definitely an audience out there for this film but this guy isn’t a part of it. If you’re curious to check it out I would suggest at least Redbox’n it first. 5/10

Special Features:

Theatrical and Unrated Version – There’s only a 3 minute difference between the two and you can barely tell where.

The World of Fifty Shades Of Grey – Character profiles and interviews with the cast and crew.

Behind the Shades – Cast and crew talk about the film and the themes throughout.

E.L. James & Fifty Shades – The author of the book talks a bit in depth about the success of the story and the two main characters.

Fifty Shades: The Pleasure of Pain – A look at the world of BDSM.

Christian’s Apartment: 360 Degree Set Tour – An overview of the set by way of stills.

Music Videos – Videos for The Weekend “Earned It” and Skylar Grey “I Know You”

Behind the Scenes of The Weekend’s “Earned It” Music Video – A quick feature about making the music video.

Fifty Shades Of Grey is available NOW on Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment


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