Fifty Shades of Grey: A male and female perspective

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‘Fifty Shades’ better in book form

As someone who read the book “Fifty Shades of Grey” the day it came out, I was hooked.

Sure the literature is slightly redundant, and the plot is rather simple, but it kept me reading and wanting more out of the story. When I heard the movie was coming out, I just had to see it.

There was a lot of discussion about how such a scandalous book could be made into a movie, specifically what rating this movie would get, considering the whole book is basically soft-core pornography. I immediately thought that the movie would easily be rated NC-17. I was floored when I saw “Fifty Shades of Grey” was only rated R, yes—only.

Did I enjoy the book? Yes. Did I enjoy the movie? Sort of.

Like all books that are made into movies, some parts from this book were just not movie material. That’s what broke it for me; the parts that were vital in the book were not used in the movie.

Jamie Dornan’s portrayal of Christian Grey’s persona in the movie hit the nail right on the head: 27-year-old, owns his own business, wants to solve world hunger and, oh yeah, he’s a billionaire. What girl wouldn’t want someone like him?

Anastasia Steele, on the other hand, is a mousy senior English literature major and is attracted to Grey as soon as she flops down walking into his office to interview him for a story. Opposites attract, I guess.

If I can recall, Steele, played by Dakota Johnson, wasn’t as quiet in the book as portrayed in the movie. In the book, Steele’s character had much more sass woven into her personality, but in the movie, her sass would appear out of nowhere. First she was quiet, and then she would randomly lay down the law on Grey.

The acting was rather overboard. I feel like the whole tone between the two “lovebirds” was constantly quiet and too romantic. Normal people don’t talk like that all the time. Because of their acting, it made this movie seem super unrealistic just because of the tone of their voices.

As I watched the movie, I felt like there was little to no plot. But in the book, I could more easily understand and follow the plot line.

As a female, I feel like all men should see this movie. Grey’s character is a great model to show men how a woman should be treated….minus the Red Room of Pain and what happens in it.

Director Sam Taylor-Johnson left such a dramatic, open tension at the end of the movie. Because of this, I was left wanting more of whatever crazy twist comes next with the movie trilogy of “Fifty Shades of Grey.”


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Fifty Shades of Awful: movie blemishes film industry, pop culture entertainment

“Fifty Shades of Grey” is disgusting and deplorable in its subject matter, which is basically sadistic sex acts in a contracted relationship between a domineering man and a submissive woman. But that is not necessarily why it is bad.

It is terrible filmmaking and storytelling. Its one-dimensional characters, contrived “romance,” zero actual plot, Velveeta-worthy dialogue, and plethora of dumbly acted and written scenes make an already terrible movie even worse due to its ungodly length.  In reality, the movie is only about two hours, but I seriously felt like I was in the theater for five.

To be completely honest though, there are some redeemable aspects of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” but those arguably have nothing to do with the film.  For one, the soundtrack is actually pretty enjoyable in its modern complexion.  However, all the songs about love and romance seem suitably out of place seeing as there is no romantic chemistry between the two main characters, who are (if you care) Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey.

Second, there are definitely well-shot scenes throughout. It is just hard to deny that sweeping shots of Seattle look awesome.  In fact, my two favorite scenes of the whole movie are the opening, in which “I Put a Spell on You” by Annie Lennox plays, and the part where Grey flies a glider.  The cinematography is nice, but it is not mind-blowing in an age where all major releases look beautiful from a cinematic standpoint.

Where this film kills me is in its two main cast members that have absolutely no chemistry or development in their characters.  The fact that they have a mediocre script to work with, inspired from lackluster writing in the novel, only makes things as bad as they can be with unbelievable scenes and dialogue that all feels forced and unrealistic.

Even if you can stomach the outrageous theatrically released pain-fetish pornography, it is another thing entirely to stomach the rest of this insult to the film and print industry.  This is due to the complete and utter lack of talent and thought put into it.

It is obvious no one who created this cares about any semblance of a good story.  “Fifty Shades” can really only amount to a sadistic guilty pleasure at best.  And that is only if this type of “romance” and “sex” appeals to you.

This is without a doubt the worst movie I have ever seen. I hope I never have the displeasure of seeing it again as well as the inevitable sequels Hollywood will undeniably bring about.

It truly disheartens me that this book, based on the uninspired fanfiction of the “Twilight Saga,” has outsold “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Catcher in the Rye,” and that this movie is raking in the dough at the box office with $81.7 million this past weekend.  It is all royally undeserved; “Fifty Shades of Grey” is an inexcusable blemish on pop culture and entertainment of today.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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