CINEMA REVIEW: Fifty Shades of Grey (18) review by Gavin Miller

Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey – like the title – leaves you with multiple thoughts of different shades that leaves your view of this sadomasochistic-tinged romantic-drama in a grey area.

The over-riding factor is that it’s overall ‘more enjoyable than expected’ – with its fair share of laughs and intriguing scenes – but you are left scratching your head with a ‘so what was all the hype about?’ moment.

Being rest-assured (by my fiancée) that it was never just about the ‘sexual escapades’ and actually gets more intense with the next books – and inevitable film sequels after it took $250m worldwide on its opening weekend – then this is intriguing enough to leave you hankering for more.

Apparently the script is kept close to EL James’ uber-successful novel which will probably make fans of the book happy, but is probably a bit too clichéd for your casual cinema fan.

If you’ve been stuck behind a rock and don’t know the story, Fifty Shades sees timid literature student Anastasia Steele interview the wealthy billionaire Christian Grey – a handsome, brilliant, but intimidating individual – and finds herself wanting to get close to the man who seemingly has everything when he shows an intense interest in her.

But the naïve Steele soon realises the tormented Grey is consumed by the need to control everything – and wants to open her up to his singular kinky and sadomasochistic sexual tastes that will test their relationship to the full.

And while these exploits may give the uninitiated the wrong idea about what the film is about, it is still actually just a romance at heart.

If you’re not expecting too much, then the amiable leads, few decent laugh-out-loud laughs, kinky sex scenes (if that’s your bag), and the need to find out more – then Fifty Shades just about whips up a passable cinema-going experience.

Just don’t expect too much beyond that.

Rating: 3/5 stars