50 Shades of Grey

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As Valentine’s Day arrived, the highly anticipated movie of the year was released; ‘50 Shades Of Grey’, based on the hit erotic romance novel written by E. L. James.
On its first few days at the box office the film exploded with a record breaking $81.7 million from 3,646 different locations. The film easily trumped the holiday’s previous record-holder; the 2010 debut of the romantic comedy ‘Valentine’s Day’, which kicked off with $56.3 million.
The film ‘50 Shades of Grey’ is based on the first instalment of the trilogy of books. The film traces the deepening relationship between a college graduate, Anastasia Steele (played actress Dakota Johnson), and a young business man, Christian Grey (portrayed by Jamie Doman). It is famous for its explicitly erotic scenes featuring elements of sexual practices involving bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, and sadism/masochism.

 

After watching this particular film I found myself feeling particularly down, not only because the film was very negative and abusive, but also due to all of the excitement and anticipation for the film to be released. I definitely would not choose to watch the film again, especially on Valentine’s Day.

 

Although the film did have a decent soundtrack and average lighting, the actors along with the dragged on and boring storyline just didn’t interest me. I found myself looking down at my phone for the time, only to discover there was still a solid 40 minutes of the film left. I felt like I was in my own red room of pain while watching this film. When the movie ended my boyfriend and I looked at each other, completely flabbergasted due to the extremely sudden ending. We weren’t too phased though, we were relieved to get out of there.

 

I discovered that the actors of this particular film, Dakota and Jamie, in fact have absolutely zero attraction to each other. In fact, they kind of can’t stand one another – making sure they sit at least a foot away from each other at interviews. To me, this shines through and is quite evident throughout the film. Chemistry between two actors in an erotic romance film seems vital to me. Perhaps it would have made it more bearable to watch.

 

All in all, I personally feel that this film was glorifying abusive relationships. Not sexy, not exciting; dull and depressing.

By Jess Callaghan

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