Movie Review: Fifty Shades of Grey
FIFTY Shades of Grey was a best selling e-book published independently in 2011. The sales were so explosive that it was printed in 2012, and when the movie deal was announced nobody was surprised.
The book is an erotic romantic novel, the first instalment of a trilogy tracing the relationship between a college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a young business magnate, Christian Grey.
It became notorious for its explicitly erotic scenes featuring elements of sexual practices involving bondage, dominance and sado-masochism.
This film, and the leading female character, reminded us of the Twilight trilogy: a very unappealing young lady is 'discovered' by a 'supreme male figure' (a vampire in Twilight and a handsome billionaire in this case).
After the first five minutes, I thought: "What kind of self respecting woman would look up to her?"
Then it dawned on me. They don't.
Anastasia is such a bottom feeder that no female in the audience would feel competitive towards her.
As in Twilight, I expect Anastasia to undergo a transformation.
I disagree with those who have said that this movie advocates domestic violence. I don't know about future films of this trilogy, but this one does not.
And those who think Fifty Shades depicts a true version of a dominant/submissive relation, it does not either.
The deep connection, the intense feelings and the trust between two people who enjoy a consensual relation of that nature has no resemblance with the shambolic mess this movie depicts.
Their depiction of a 'dom' and a 'sub' are so off the mark that by the time they hit the Red Room I started laughing at this film. It became a joke.
For a much better document of power and eroticism in film, refer to Secretary (2002) with James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
In Fifty Shades of Grey, producers were given a massive budget, bad actors, a bad script, a decent director, a superb soundtrack and a great cinematographer to make a blockbuster movie, and a blockbuster movie they did.
Fifty Shades of Grey
Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson
Stars: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle
Reviewer: Javier Encalada