When Anastasia Steele, a literature student, goes to interview the wealthy Christian Grey as a favor to her roommate Kate Kavanagh, she encounters a beautiful, brilliant and intimidating man. The innocent and naive Ana starts to realize she wants him. Despite his enigmatic reserve and advice, she finds herself desperate to get close to him. Not able to resist Ana's beauty and independent spirit, Christian Grey admits he wants her too, but on his own terms. Ana hesitates as she discovers the singular tastes of Christian Grey - despite the embellishments of success, his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, and his loving family, Grey is consumed by the need to control everything. Written by MischaLeCroix
February 13, 2015
Fifty Shades of Bad Late Night Cinemax
In Fifty Shades of Grey Dakota Johnson plays Anastasia a literature student who happens across Billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Doran). As their relationship builds she becomes aware of Christian’s “dark” sexual tendencies.
Okay, I realize I miss the age and gender demographic for this one. This one goes out to fans of the now all too famous “Horney Housewife’s Handbook for beginners S&M” that is Fifty Shades of Grey. From what I have learned the book started out as Twilight fan fiction and took on a life of its own. I haven’t read it but what I have been told it is very poorly written. It does however have a massive following with a built in audience and two other books that will ensure Hollywood will crank out at least 2 to 3 more films. My biggest hang up with this whole story line is if it was about Christian Grey, an outdoorsy type with a low paying job and sex dungeon shed in his back yard, this would be a crime story not a love story. It all boils down to the only difference between a smooth line and a creepy line when talking to women is merely the guy who’s saying it. It’s kind of a double standard if you ask me. But, add a few more zeros to the guy’s W2 and women all over are ready to line up for hot wax and nipple clamps.
The Hollywood powers that be elected to have a woman director (Sam Taylor-Johnson) in a way to ensure no underlying objectification of women, given the target audience. Sam is a relatively inexperience director and I think was a poor choice for a film of this scope. The whole thing comes off like big budget late night Skin-amax. I’d even venture to say worse because those movies know they exist solely for eroticism. Fifty Shades tries to be so much more and fails miserably. One might go as so far as to say this movie would have been better had the original Christian Grey, Charlie Hunnam had kept the role. I agree that might improve it slightly. It would be hard to have any less on screen chemistry that Johnson and Doran do. They just don’t seem to even like one another and that is clear in the movie. The only silver lining to this movie is the soundtrack; with great artists like Annie Lennox, Ellie Goulding and AWOLNATION. Not coincidently the only reason you will hear Fifty Shades of Grey on Oscar night is for “Earn it” by Weeknd. So in short, even if you are looking for cheap eroticism, no pun in tended but make it a hard pass if it’s your turn to pick.
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