It’s been years in the making and subject to everything from protests by women’s rights groups, to arrests in the cinema and an upsale of handcuffs everywhere. Yes, 50 Shades of Grey has been quite the conversation starter and after seeing the film last week, I was surprisingly impressed at the finished result. This may have been because my expectations were about as low as they are when Britney Spears releases a new single, but it was also because everyone I’ve spoken to hasn’t been impressed. So to open the conversation and understand a little more why, let me tell you about what I saw as the good, the bad and the ugly in this latest cinematic phenomenon.

The Good:

Drunk Ana. If only we could have had a little less inner goddess and a little more tequila in the book, we might have found Miss Steele a whole lot more endearing. Drunk Ana is hilarious and one of the best things about the first 30 minutes, as she plays out a role of drunk-dialling that all of us know so well (minus the charming rescue of course).

The Anna ‘Do. Did anyone else come away and seriously consider what some bangs would do for their face? Somehow that little fringe and the light feathering felt nothing like the 90s-esque chick that it was stolen from and more like something that could work for the now. Although when she started dancing around the kitchen in Grey’s oversized white shirt and the perfect thrown together ‘up do’ I had to remind myself that the simple bun took a team of people hours to create and no my greasy bed hair, would not have quite the same effect.

50 Shades of Grey Film Review: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Dornan. Now come on. I don’t care if you didn’t like the film, if you thought the acting was droll or that the chemistry was fizzling faster than a firework in the rain. You cannot deny the hotness that is Dornan and frankly, we’ll never see someone eat a piece of toast like that ever again.

The Bad:

That last scene. It was strangely more horrific in the film than it was in the book and it was the first time that the little voice in the back of my head (not my subconscious, don’t worry) said, is this abuse? For those who have never read the books, I can imagine that this was a huge curveball that came out of nowhere. In the book at least, the hows and the whys are made clearer which at least adds a little more context.

The Ugly:

It’s hard not to feel sorry for the people involved in the production. As a nation who seem to feed on failure, would anyone have been able to make a film that stood up to our scrutiny? What was once a soft attempt at releasing a different type of sexual fantasy for women, one that wasn’t based on either Judy Bloom or Cruel Intentions, has been turned into something huge, that everyone wants a piece of and an opinion on. As far as I’m concerned, it’s a good, easy watch and we need to remember: it’s just a film and for every 10th person who hates it, there’s another who’s thanking their lucky stars for what it’s done for their sex life.

So what are your thoughts? I would love to find the other 2% who dare I say it, liked it, or even more of the 98% who didn’t so make sure you comment below and tell me your thoughts!


Also, if you haven’t seen it already, you seriously need to see this exchange between Dakota and her Mum at the Oscars. Shit went down.

Beth Gladstone

Beth is a Writer and Digital Marketer who founded The Full Agenda as a place to talk about the things that kept her and her friends up at night. Currently working as a Marketing consultant to various SMEs she is a big fan of the startup market and loves technology, apps and anything social media related. When not obsessively checking Google Analytics, she can be found reading, writing or relaxing with a glass of Prosecco.

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