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50 shades of grey, why I'm so in love...
« on: February 21, 2015, 04:18:03 PM »

The psychology, philosophy, gender politics and
cultural impact behind 50 Shades of Grey is much
more interesting than anything on screen.
When Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) tells
Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) ‘no, Anna, it’s
you who’s changed me,’ it seems to be the
female fantasy of melting the bad boy’s hard shell
to expose the heart beneath and reform him into
a sensitive and devoted lover writ extremely large.
Or maybe it’s just another retelling of the endless
Cinderella myth. The fact that Grey is a billionaire
businessman makes him just one more iteration
of the handsome prince whose wealth and
devotion will rescue the beautiful, unappreciated
girl – the same archetype we’ve had since the
days of the Brothers Grimm.
If he was a 49-year-old plumber – or even if he
wasn’t rich – would it be anything like the same
story? What about if Anastasia was a
supermodel? Actually Johnson (thanks to several
nudes scenes) is revealed in her entirety to be a
very attractive woman, but in true Hollywood
style they put her in a ponytail and daggy shirt
and she becomes the ugly duckling every real
woman is supposed to relate to. All they forgot
was the glasses (see Not Another Teen Movie).
The first thing you realise about “50 Shades of
Grey” after only about 10 minutes is that it’s a
terrible film to see with a theatre full of people.
Not that the sex scenes are explicit in this day
and age (the French classification board gave it
the equivalent of a PG rating), but you’re never so
aware of the audience around you than when
unintended laughter breaks out.
Many of the unintentional laughs are because of
dialogue that’s as overripe as you’re expecting
(‘Why won’t you let me in?’ Anastasia pleads
plaintively. ‘I’m fifty shades of fucked up,’
Christian says with a straight face even as the
line hits the floor with a resounding clunk).
But plenty more laughter is simply the nervous
kind of watching sex scenes with a room full of
people you don’t know. That’s especially true
when the film turns to the BDSM subject matter,
the trappings and accouterments of which are
inherently pretty funny to an observer – they’re
only really serious business if you’re actually
turned on by them (we’ve heard).
All of which tells you more about us as audiences
than the movies themselves. Our instinct about
sex is to laugh, and no matter how deadly serious
50 Shades of Grey wants to be it can’t maintain
the tone it’s hoping for where sex is so deadly
Early on, Anastasia takes the pencil Christian has
given her from his office and puts it distractedly
in her mouth, his company logo prominently
visible. The script – with EL James’ iron-fisted
control (if you believe the stories) – undoubtedly
made it a moment of whimsical, half-realised
passion. On screen all it elicits are titters
throughout the theatre when everyone assumes
it’s a blowjob joke.
If you’re one of the 14 people worldwide who
don’t know the story, a nubile but self-conscious
young student goes to interview the city’s most
eligible business magnate, making him fall head
over heels for her in the process.
Except Christian grey’s tastes are – as he puts it
– singular. He doesn’t want flowers and movies
and dinners out and touching. He’s a dominant
and wants a submissive to submit to all manner
of bondage, whipping and punishment in his ‘play
room’ (to be fair to the script, there are some
actual jokes that work – when he tells Anna bout
his secret room, she asks him if it contains his
He presents her with a bizarre contract that sets
out everything she has to do – including her
limits – in the course of their relationship, and
even though Anna isn’t sure about it, he initiates
her gently into the scene in one of several (it has
to be said) quite erotic scenes of sex and mild
bondage play.
Anna wants them to be a more ‘normal’ couple,
but it only makes Christian turn away from her no
matter how much he wants her, and the film
finishes on a cliffhanger that’s so obvious all
that’s missing is a ‘to be continued’ tag.
Just like ”The Interview”, ”50 Shades of Grey” is
going to have an influence over culture that far
outweighs any creative merit in the film itself.
Neither Dornan nor Johnson are going to win
Oscars, and while Sam Taylor-Johnson’s
direction is appropriately languid and sexy during
the love scenes themselves, nothing else on
screen is ever better than adequate.
But it’s the kind of thing that’s always going to
have a place in Hollywood. It’s a relatively cheap
production with no CGI, fighting robots or
superheroes that comes with a built in audience,
all of whom will sit in the cinema laughing and
pretending they’re above it all while the studio
counts up the dump trucks full of money they’ve
handed over.

« Last Edit: February 21, 2015, 04:20:32 PM by Natalia »


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Re: 50 shades of grey, why I'm so in love...
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2015, 07:14:03 PM »
What you need to do after watching this movie is getting a bible and meditate on it lol.


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Re: 50 shades of grey, why I'm so in love...
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2015, 07:17:06 PM »
Anyway, it's a good movie- good plot, good quality but you can never watch it with people coz of the scenes.


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Re: 50 shades of grey, why I'm so in love...
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2015, 06:32:09 PM »
It was banned from being shown in Harare Cinemas.


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