I think it was more an interest in the film’s controversy than an interest in the content that drove me to the theater to watch “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
Since the movie’s release, there have been accusations of rape, domestic violence and abuse pinned against it, and yet the movie is playing in national theaters? I am all in favor of controversy, so I bought my movie ticket expecting some real scandal.
“Fifty Shades of Grey” is based off the novel of the same name by E.L. Cummings. It tells the story of young Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson), who interviews the wealthy, handsome and aloof Christian Grey (Jamie Dorian), multi-million owner of Grey Enterprises Inc. There is obviously an attraction between the pair, and Anastasia grows closer to Christian. She finds out he enjoys Bondage, Domination, Sadism and Masochism (BDSM). He asks her to be his submissive— to dress, act, say and basically obey every command he gives her—and in return, lose all her personal freedom and consent to doing whatever Christian wants whenever he wants it.
Ten years ago, I would not have thought that bondage would become America’s new guilty pleasure. However, this movie’s release has proved otherwise, with box office sales through the roof. I went to the movie to see what all the fuss was about.
I am sorry to report that I was extremely disappointed by the whole thing. Better chemistry has existed between wet mops than between Johnson and Dorian. Dorian, who plays Christian, seems to be more of a man experimenting with BDSM than someone who has done this for years with 15 women. One particular instance when this was painfully obvious is when Grey says, “I don’t make love. I f*ck hard.” This line, designed to be delivered in a sexy fashion, induced giggles from the audience.
Two hours into the movie, I walked out. I failed to see any sort of real conflict beside Anastasia hesitating to sign the contract because Christian is an obsessive, controlling man who doesn’t know the meaning of no. And yet, despite Anastasia’s hesitation, Christian has his way with her frequently.
Now, many would argue that a movie of this nature needs not contain a plot, but honestly, even the sex scenes were a snooze-fest. If you are only watching this movie to watch them have sex, save yourself the money and find some porn on your laptop.
As for the rape and abuse accusations, I do not find them to be expressly true. While this is not a stable relationship in any means, Anastasia holds her own, making sure her voice is heard in the bedroom.
However, it was less about what happens in the bedroom and more about the couple’s everyday interactions that troubled me. Christian is intrusive, entering her apartment without permission and sticking his rich fingers in Anastasia’s personal affairs. Anastasia allows Christian’s good looks and charm to influence her decisions. However, there are several worrying times when Anastasia expressly tells Christian to leave her alone, and he does not listen. This is more of a story about a woman falling in love with her stalker.
If you really want to waste your money, you can see “Fifty Shades of Grey” in Conway’s Cinemark Theater. The movie is rated R for some strong sexual content such as dialogue, some unusual behavior, graphic nudity and language.