Sunday, March 1, 2015

Theatrical Movie Review #1 Fifty Shades of Grey

Movies, TV they are pretty much a part of my life. You laugh you Cry you have weird #@#$ going on. My life has been like a movie and it has made it difficult for me to do my Blog Posts. This time I am adding another edge to my blogging which is a simple movie review process. I review the DVDs that I have seen going through what TV shows I finish in my DVD collection. From this point on enjoy my new feature where I keep track of current movies.
Fifty Shades of Grey is a phenomenon that has shaken the world taking the Harlequin romance and taking it mainstream, off of the rag rack and putting it up with the higher forms of literature. This former Twilight Fan fiction has become one of the highest selling books of all time and is currently one of the highest grossing films of the year. It was valentines day weekend and my fiancee had read these books, saying she had to see the movies hoping to tear them apart in her reviews later. I of course, was taken along for the ride.
The Moment she took his pencil in her hands she knew she had found the one... Meet Anastasia Steele, a mousy college student trying to move her way through life in an insignificant manner. When her roommate gets sick she ends up having to interview billionaire bad boy Christian Grey. Christian, only meeting her once becomes obsessed with our mousy heroine stalking her at every turn showing that there is no amount of money he won't spend to try and win her over. Like any sensible woman confronted by a controlling extra creepy stalker, she falls in love with the man wanting nothing more than to be in his life. When she gets what she wants she realizes that it is much more than she had bargained for when he shows her his play room. "Like what your x-box or playstaion?" No this is a different kind of "play"...ahem. Anastasia tries to fit into his life believing that "hey I can change him with our love", but alas her love was not strong enough this time as his creepy beating scares her so much she has to leave finally taking the cue that we had all seen from the beginning.
We all know they hype and by god this is one of those extremely hyped up films. This is normally the part where I find something positive about the film and talk about it...well it is a true phenomenon that has sold many many books and the box offices couldn't be higher. The decision to release this on valentines day was probably one of the smarter marketing decisions out there. I have to say Dakota Johnson took this role along with the help from Director, Sam Taylor-Johnson and made it into a more empowering character than she was in the books. Anastasia didn't seem like the totally love struck victim of a wife beater, she actually showed her own mind. I was generally pleased with the production it was very clean and crisp with subtle coloration keeping us all in tune with the characters. We can also put in that this was written and directed by women for women and that could raise the female empowerment card.

I am not a Fifty Shades Protester but I can see their point. I have interviewed many women who have been victims of domestic abuse and this series falls into the lines of what they say getting them back into such relationships. "He's a good man deep down and I know my love can change him." This is a really sad message to be sending to women, I really don't consider this female empowerment but consider it something closer to female enslavement, maybe Pat Robertson's description of "Pornogracy" serves it best. Of course the plot aside, we have to go into the particulars of the film. This was probably one of the most boring films I have seen hands down. I have not seen a film that had literally had me falling asleep since Il Postino and that film had something this one did not, good acting and writing. Though Dakota Johnson did a great job the rest of the cast was kind of phoning it in, especially our Christian Grey. He didn't come across as charming in the slightest but as an incredibly creepy stalker trying poorly to masquerade as a human being. The dialogue was taken directly out of the books so I really can't fault them for the god awful scripts but lines like "I don't make love I @$#$!...Hard!" I mean really?! I have heard the director is leaving due to the author getting too involved in the process but one can't help but think that our creepy stalker guy's direction could be a way she hoped to sabotage this venture. I don't feel it worked. This movie did show a lot of nipple and if you like staring at Dakota Johnson's chest then you will probably enjoy at least that part of the movie. Other than shirtless scenes I really don't see what is sexy about this film I mean the soft core porn on cinemax had more class than this and the characters had a lot more chemistry. Their love is not that believable. It is starting to come across by the end that she is the one obsessed with him and Mr. Grey is just a piece of rock salt. 

This movie is nothing special but then again what can one expect from a fan fiction based of the Twilight Movies (yeah not the books). Enjoy your obsession ladies I am just hoping that they are not planning on splitting the final book into two movies so I will only be seeing three of these creep shows. 

Art Value:     2/10          (Dakota Johnson this 2 is for you as your job on this kept it from being a 1)

Entertainment Value:     2/10 (As it is sooo popular I can't give it a 1 so I give this for all those who would say "you aren't a woman so you can't understand") 

Total Rating: 2/10       

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