Summary: With the premiere of the movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” this weekend, early reviews from critics are compared to help viewers decided whether or not to go out and see the film.
The screen adaptation of E.L. James’ steamy romance novel “Fifty Shades of Grey” hits theaters across the U.S. on Friday the 13th. Ticket site Fandango has already announced that tickets for the movie are selling fast – the fastest of any R- Rated Movie in the company’s history – with multiple states selling more than two times the expected amount of tickets for the movie. It has already sold more tickets for it’s opening weekend than any non-sequel movie since the first “Hunger Games” movie came out in 2012. So will movie-goers who spent their money on tickets feel as though they are having an unlucky day or will it be well worth their money?
According to the reviews critics have been giving the movie on Rotten Tomatoes and in the international press, the movie is more than watchable, it’s delightfully entertaining and according to one critic, even better than the book. Favorable reviews on the movie from esteemed sources include:
“Gone are the truly dreadful aspects of the book, and the biggest surprise may be that Ana and Christian have developed senses of humor.” – Sara Stewart, New York Post
“The stylish and mostly satisfying film will be [a blockbuster], and deservedly so. Starring a vivacious Dakota Johnson and a game Jamie Dornan, Taylor-Johnson’s erotic romance is a skillful distillation of James’ first book.” – Inkoo Kang, The Wrap
“The movie Fifty Shades of Grey is considerably better written than the book. It is also sort of classy-looking, in a generic, TV-ad-for-bath-oil way.” – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
“Fifty Shades of Grey is not the lame, hot-and-bothered fantasy romance many, including myself, thought it would be. It’s got wit and humor and a modest intelligence about human behavior that, say, the Twilight movies never had.” – Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair
“Accept this genuinely sexy, somewhat silly, relatively timid romantic drama on its own escapist terms and you’ll find sufficient pleasure.” – Tim Grierson, Screen International
It has been noted by many who attended the pre screenings that the movie is lacking all the raunchy sex scenes from the book and that people watching for that may be disappointed but according to Time Out New York, the fact that it “fails to be even a fraction as titillating” as the books is why it works. Some critics had less praise for the film giving it a rotten rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Some of their criticisms of the film include:
“We may have all been curious going in, but by the time the credits roll, there’s another question that springs to mind: Is that all there is?” – Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press
“Despite the endless sex, a highly unsatisfying encounter. Cold as a fish and almost as dumb.” – Rafer Guzman, Newsday
“Lacks any of the raunch or controversy promised, and is instead tiresome, banal and as thinly plotted as a porno.” – Greg Wakeman, CinemaBlend.com
“No amount of polished technical ingredients can salvage a relatively faithful screenplay that lifts much of the book’s painfully rudimentary dialogue verbatim.” – Eric Kohn, IndieWIRE
To it’s credit, the movie currently has more positive reviews from critics than negative ones and fans of the book will be happy to realize that much of the dialogue has been taken verbatim from the books. Set to the movie’s killer original soundtrack with contributions from the likes of Beyonce, Ellie Goudling, Sia and the Weeknd, the chance of a viewer enjoying the movie seem pretty high. If you don’t, you’ll at least learn a little about BDSM which may help you through your life.
Curious potential watchers can see a preview of one of one of the scenes in the movie below: