Fifty Shades of Grey Reviews
First half of the movie was surprisingly good, then the quality just went downhill. ..sad
When making a film based on a terrible book series, you already don't have much to work with-- especially when the book's author constantly hounds, harasses, and pesters the director into giving her as much creative control as she can possibly have. If it weren't for E. L. James being a harpy on set, this film actually might have had even more intelligence associated with it. As it stands, it's already better than the novel (of course, a piece of shit cake is better than the novel), but think of how much better it would be if the terrible author of the book wasn't affiliated with its production?
There were, I admit, creative changes made in the script that never happen in the book that would have made the story poignant-- a word James doesn't understand, and never can understand.
I hated the Fifty Shades novel with every fiber of my being. It's romanticized abuse and the protagonist is highly unlikable. In the film, however, she has a personality that her blank slate counterpart in the book doesn't. She has a bit more fire, and a bit more strength. Not too much, but more. It's like the producers of the film KNEW that the book was terrible, and wanted to turn it into something beautiful. That's never easy to do, and I have to admit that I feel sympathy for them when having to deal with the book's author hounding them the entire time, picking apart every little thing and demanding things "be added" or "be removed" or changed.
I'm less fascinated with the film itself than I am with what the film COULD HAVE BEEN without E. L. James' influence. She needs to realize that there just are more creative people than her, and to allow some breathing room. Her books are boring-- PAINFULLY boring. But the movies have a chance to turn that possibility of saucy narc-and-supply relationship into something engaging, enthralling, and fun.
I know that James will remain glued to people on the next film as well. I can only pray that they don't allow her to dog them around in the same manner Christian proudly does in her awful books.
GET ME BLEACH!