Beyond Books Reviews Fifty Shades of Grey

fifty poster 2Last night, thanks to admin Gemma’s competition entering skills, 4 of us from Beyond Books attended the ‘Grey Carpet’ premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey in Leicester Square, London. The event was massive, a scale of which we haven’t seen since the heady heights of the Twilight movies. We have all been massive fans of the story since it was a fan fiction, so the wait for this movie to come to fruition has been long. Take a look at our reviews after the synopsis and trailer.

Fifty Shades is due for release on DVD and Blu-ray on June 22nd as is available for pre-order now from Amazon UK

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. Christian, as enigmatic as he is rich and powerful, finds himself strangely drawn to Ana, and she 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.


Fifty shades of grey has to be one of the most accurate book to screen adaptations I’ve seen.
Ana, is still portrayed as a strong even if a little inexperienced woman who doesn’t let Christian always get his own way.
The casting, the wardrobe even the soundtrack have made this movie the perfect adaptation and that will be noticed by fans of the books.


After a long wait, the Fifty Shades of Grey big screen adaptation certainly didn’t disappoint. Ana and Christian were perfectly portrayed with Dakota capturing Ana’s strong will and no nonsense demeanor while Christian battles his demons around the woman who could change everything. I truly feel that Sam Taylor Johnson and EL James really brought the book to life. This isn’t a bias opinion of someone who followed the story from the beginning, I just speak truth! The film had everything I hoped it would be. Intensity, humour, great wardrobe, music and visuals and some of my favourite quotes. Fifty fans won’t be disappointed and neither will newbies!


As a fan of the story from its humble beginnings as a fan fiction through to the books, I was desperate to see how the story would change through a script and under Sam Taylor Johnson’s directorship. Most scenes were taken straight from the books with the odd understandable changes necessary to make the movie flow. Dakota Johnson captured the essence of E.L. James’ Ana perfectly and even injected the character with humour. Jamie Dornan’s Christian Grey started out stoic and very much the in control CEO/Dominant but through his relationship with the very unsubmissive Ana, you saw him change. The sex scenes that have been described as graphic were actually tastefully executed. Lots of bum (both actors) and boob were on show in these scenes but I’ve seen more on television. The movie does a good job of James’ novel in fact, Id go as far as to say it’s made it better. Ana’s inner goddess was no where to be seen, nor were the repetitive references the author tended to use throughout her work.
No film is ever a true representation of the book it’s based on and I think I’m one of those rare breeds that can separate the two and take the movie at face value. The expected cliff hanger to this part one was there, leaving things open for Fifty Shades Darker which is rumoured for next March. The whole thing was played out with the brilliant soundtrack, stunning visuals of the Seattle skyline and a natty array of grey ties! The sets were straight off the pages of the books, with the Red Room of Pain containing everything right down to that red leather chesterfield! Bring on the next movie, I can’t wait.

1 Comment

  1. avatarNita

    Awesome books, absolutely clever soundtrack, and movie well put together. You could see the relationship developing between Christian and Anastasia. That’s what I really hoped for and there it was. It’s a beautiful romance…


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