I don't understand where the hate against this movie comes from: if you adjust your expectations you get rewarded. To start with, it's not a piece of art, it's just another romcom, a teenager movie. And no, it's not porn, erotic scenes are very decent imho, the camera always stops before showing too much, and if someone believes teenagers nowadays would be shocked by these scenes, you don't know what you're talking about. I expected the protagonists to be lousy, yet I must confess they are convincing in their roles, and believe me I had a prejudice against them!
I find the story be very suitable for today's young generation - in this material world obsessed with sex and false images here there are the two characters being authentic ( she is a virgin at more than twenty, no false breasts, quite common facial features, romantic, looking for the human being beyond the public image and the wealth; and him, looking for a true, ingenue and smart girl) - something unusual among the plethora of in-human movie characters.
So if you understand every story is a form of message, this is a good story put in the form of a movie
I wish this movie was like Whoopi Goldberg's eyebrows. Didn't exist.
I had zero expectations, before watching it, based on all the shitty reviews.Dakota Johnson is actually pretty with a very nice body. And I enjoyed seeing her naked alot. Since it's not possible to give zero stars on imdb anyway, that one star goes to her body. The acting is not as horrible as I expected. But certainly not impressive either. There is chemistry between the two leads. Why people say there isnt any, I dont know. The movie is not PG13 either as I expected it to be. Having finally seen Fifty shits of crap, I can understand why women enjoy this. As a man however I was pretty bored.Why Anastasia put up with Christians behaviour and the way he treats her, his BDSM-needs and pretty much everything else is hard to believe.Anastasia being a virgin, when meeting Christian (even though she's an american) is also hard to believe. Her not knowing what butt plugs are and appearently having never watched porn either, is also unbelievable.Those scenes where he gets mad about her visiting her parents and actually follows her there, would have made any sane woman break up with him. Just as the ridicoulus contract as well as him saying he will pretend to be her boyfriend one night per week. What the hell is his problem?? Yeah, yeah Ive read about his troubled childhood and the woman who had him as a BDSM slave for 6 years. But that does not justify Christian being a complete asshole to Anastasia. Why women would be turned on by someone treating ther that way, I have no idea. But Anastasia does put up with it. Untill the very end of the movie anyway. Where he whips her ass cheecks six times and she suddenly has had enough and leaves him. She puts up with his dominant abusive attitude during the entire film, but him whipping her is appearently too much??
Avoid this unless youre a dumb middle aged housewife, that finds this more interesting than actual porn. No men should ever watch it. Not even to please their girlfriends or wifes.
Two years later I found this movie surfing channels on TV (I avoided seeing it at the time it was released because of bad reviews about both film and the book).They were absolutely right... It was sooooo boring, I fell asleep.
Nothing interesting happened.
It never caught me at all.It's useless to write anythng else. A forgettable flick.