Fifty Shades reviewed
Fifty Shades of Grey is a 2011 erotic romance novel by British author E. L. James. It is the first installment in the Fifty Shades trilogy that traces the deepening relationship between a college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a young business magnate, Christian Grey. It is notable for its explicitly erotic scenes featuring elements of sexual practices involving bondage/discipline and sadism/masochism (BDSM).
Universal Pictures and Focus Features produced a film adaptation, which was released on 13 February 2015 to mass audiences but generally unfavourable reviews.
Richard Leonard SJ is a member of the Australian Catholic Media Council and a film critic for all the major Australian Catholic newspapers. He has served on juries at the Venice, Berlin, Hong Kong, Brisbane and Melbourne International Film Festivals and has lectured on film, faith and culture across Australia and the Pacific, Asia, the UK and the USA. Here he talks to Pat Coyle about his review of the movie.