Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey

Sam Taylor-Wood (2015)

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Our Score
University student Dakota Johnson is tempted to become a submissive sex slave to dominant mogul Jamie Dornan in this antiseptic adaptation of the first part of EL James's bestselling trilogy. Stripped to linear basics by scriptwriter Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr Banks) under the slick if mannered direction by Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy), the pop culture phenomenon is revealed, beneath its bondage shackles, to be a straightforward soap opera romance. Those after titillation should look elsewhere, as the kinkiness is tame, the nudity doggedly softcore and the S&M more M&S than anything edgily erotic. One discussion held in an office, about what both want to do in bed, is about as pervy as it gets. There is some humour as Johnson attempts to get to grips with the role play, but when the time comes to test her sexual limits, high camp takes over and it all becomes a little hard to take seriously.


A naive young literature student's life is thrown into turmoil by an affair with a mysterious billionaire. Initially she is intrigued by his aloof and distant manner, but soon realises he is harbouring dark secrets and desires. Erotic drama based on EL James' bestseller, starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.

Cast & Crew

Anastasia Steele Dakota Johnson
Christian Grey Jamie Dornan
Carla May Wilks Jennifer Ehle
Kate Kavanagh Eloise Mumford
José Rodriguez Victor Rasuk
Elliot Grey Luke Grimes
Dr Grace Trevelyan Grey Marcia Gay Harden
Mia Grey Rita Ora
Ray Steele Callum Keith Rennie
Bob Adams Dylan Neal
Director Sam Taylor-Wood
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Sex scenes, nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 13 Feb 2015