Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
Critic Consensus: While creatively better endowed than its print counterpart, Fifty Shades of Grey is a less than satisfying experience on the screen.
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Fifty Shades of Grey delivers, however ponderously, on its promise of pop transgressiveness.
Basically, they made a lousy, mid-2000s-era Katherine Heigl romance with a handful of explicit sex scenes spliced throughout the familiar clichés.
Think of it as the "Downton Abbey" of bondage, designed neither to menace nor to offend but purely to cosset the fatigued imagination.
It realizes this story is ridiculous in ways the book itself never could. It has an actual sense of humor.
It's been said that the movie contains 20 minutes of sex; if this is the case, it must contain at least 40 minutes of Ana biting her lip or putting a pencil in her mouth.
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I won't even get into why the novel sounds like utterly asinine stuff and concentrate why the movie is probably a lot more tame and also nothing to get excited about. Sure, there are some entertaining and amusing parts and, of course, a few sex scenes that show a lot of Johnson, but once the whips are whipped out things get really repetitive until there suddenly isn't much of an ending and the film just stops. Especially the last 15 minutes with all the crying are really boring and annoying. Avoid and watch porn instead.
2 stars. Wow. 2 stars more than I thought I'd be rating this. The 2 stars are for Dakota. She makes this watchable and manages to give Ana a bit more character and pluck than she had in the book. Also, the movie is filmed nicely and well paced. However, the saying goes, you can't polish a turd, and the source material is one big steaming one. It is beyond disturbing to me that this is considered erotic by do many women. It's not. It's f'ed. Said it before, I'll say it again, this is domestic violence. You can't change a guy like this. It's not hot. He's not a challenge. It bothers me that this is out there in a way. I will probably not watch part two, for the same reason I didn't read part two. I don't want to see her go back to him. Her leaving his twisted ass works for me.
Though the depiction of a BDSM relationship as solely abusive is ridiculous, and the characters are bland cardboard cutouts, some of this I actually enjoyed. It makes fun of itself occasionally and can actually warrant a laugh. Visually this film is pretty well shot, with balanced, eye catching frames, and beautiful visuals of the Seattle landscape. The soundtrack and songs were really tonally perfect, though I didn't see the film as a love story so much as an off-balance depiction of an already degraded and misunderstood group of people.
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