Summary from Google: 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.
I went to see this with my mother. No I did not read the books before seeing this movie and still haven't. There was a curiosity factor and when I asked my mother if she wanted to go her answer was yes. No she hadn't read it either but clearly word circled her social circles of this movie as well. Watching it we were both taken in by a movie, while not cinematic gold, caught our attention. We both knew there was no way either of us would be interested in the BDSM lifestyle (anyone who does have such a sexual lifestyle I'm not knocking your choices, just a no for me) displayed in the movie and had some laughs as well when scenes got ridiculous. What we did not like was that belt scene. Sorry consent or no, just no. Anyone hits me like that as an adult is going to wish I fell through a wormhole. Anyone even thinking of doing that to my grown mother would die instantly just from the look she would give that individual. NO. The reaction and chatter in the theater proved that many like us did not approve. But my mother conceded and I agreed that Anastasia did consent to doing it so at least he had not forced her. That was it though, we did not get anything positive from that scene. Don't care how well it was shot or acted or whatever. Boo. Felt like a reminder of whipping and as a black person from the Caribbean who knows her history lessons...fuck that shit.
Also the name Anastasia Steel is just...yeah that name came from someone's fan fiction. I could tell even my mother was thinking "Really?". I'm a lover and writer of fan fiction by the way (and would never use that name. To me it's the Freddy Longbottom of names). Still there were scenes I thought were done well like meeting Christian's family and I had fun watching early negotiations including refusing butt plugs. I would refuse that too but then again no one could dare even think of bringing me that contract. I wouldn't have to lay a hand on you. I'd just take that thing over to my mother and give her the address of the freak who stalked me from the netherworld to try and push me into that contract. She would send him back to where he came from. Yup this traditional girl saw Fifty Shades of Grey and it was okay. I had no high expectations and also saw it half off like I do with a lot of movies. This movie can be very polarizing so I'll only recommend it if you want to see it. Plus it came out in 2015 so you can see it for free at home on cable or online.