Fifty Shades of lame
By Natalie Kfoury – Co-Editor-in-Chief
The best part of “Fifty Shades of Grey”, besides the soundtrack, was watching the trailers before the film. When I got bored at the monotony of the film, I simply closed my eyes, imagined, and wished wholeheartedly that I was seeing one of the trailers rather than the lackluster, uncomfortable, and simply boring film on screen. “Fifty Shades of Grey” stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in the first film adaptation from a series of three books, by E.L. James, about a sadomasochistic relation- ship between a rich business owner and a college graduate.
“Fifty Shades of Grey” follows the beginning of a relationship between Christian Grey (Dornan), a wealthy entrepreneur, and Anastasia “Ana” Steele (Johnson), the college graduate. The two meet when Ana interviews Christian for the school newspaper and, of course, he is taken by her. Christian and Ana have a few more chance encounters before they acknowledge they both have feelings for each other.
Quickly into the film the two go on their first formal date. Things are apparently going well because the mysterious and moody Christian suddenly takes the innocent and curious Ana into his “playroom,” which is filled with Bondage and Discipline, Sadism and Masochism (BDSM) toys and gear. Christian reveals he is a dominant and wants Ana to sign a contract making her his submissive. Ana is surprised and confused, yet agrees to lose her virginity to him later that night and consider being his submissive. The rest of the film explores Ana’s foray into BDSM, basically all for the sake of Christian’s pleasure, even though she, arguably, likes some of it.
Throughout the film Ana struggles with her feelings as she is falling for Christian, yet is unsure if she wants to live the submissive lifestyle. Meanwhile, Christian broods and mopes around when he’s not acting upon his dominant nature.
Despite its sexy and exciting premise, “Fifty Shades of Grey” is incredibly slow. I checked my watch at least four times and the people I went to see the movie with almost fell asleep. The sex scenes aren’t sexy and the whole thing becomes old fast. The fact that the sexiest scene of the film includes a piece of toast tells you something.
The most uncomfortable aspect of the film is the true relationship between Christian and Ana. BDSM aside, the two would never be together in real life, one would hope. Ana desperately wants a relationship with Christian, whom she falls in love with. Yet, Christian won’t budge and does not believe in getting into relationships. Their arrangement can only be his way, with little wiggle room besides the negotiations Ana makes regarding her contract.
The controlling nature of the relationship is depressing and uncomfortable to watch. It certainly doesn’t help that Dornan and Johnson have zero chemistry between each other, making some of their interactions seem forced.
As I mentioned before, the “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack was definitely the highlight in the film. With tracks from Beyoncé, Sia, Ellie Goulding, and Awolnation, the tracks give the film its limited life. The acting in the film was lackluster with the general exception of Johnson’s Ana. In the book, Anastasia is often unbearably innocent and awkward, yet Johnson gave the character life by putting a funny and sarcastic edge to her.
Fifty Shades of a joke
By Reginah Sanyu – 1851 Staff
“Fifty Shades of Grey” does what every other romantic movie does. It highlights the impossible expectations people have about relationships but with only one twist. Prince charming comes with big baggage.
Christian Grey has the perfect qualities to be prince charming; he is rich, well dressed, clean cut, works out, and know a whole lot about wine. But the more perfect he was, the more baggage he had. He had everything we want from men and he was everything every woman does not want in a man.
I recommend viewers read the book beforehand so when they go to see the movie, they know what will happen after Ana rolls her eyes at him. Other than that, when viewing “Fifty Shades of Grey” you’re going to see some kinky sex. Christian and Ana have one of those relationships where things work backwards. They do not truly know each other until they experience or learn of the other’s bad side.
When you take away the kinky sex, Christian Grey was later adopted after being born to a drug addict. He fought to get to where he was in the world and has it all, except an understanding of how to treat women.
On the other side, Anastasia Steele is quite the opposite. She is a naive, innocent college graduate with a fondness for sweaters and dreams of romance. The two make an unlikely pair and have trouble finding a middle ground.
The only thing that surprised me about the movie was how great Dakota Johnson was. When she was cast, I took one look and knew that she was not the right actress for the role, but she proved me wrong. She did a good job bringing Anastasia Steele to life. I never liked Anastasia in the book so that was something the movie did well.
I did not like Jamie Doran as Christian Grey mainly because he was not Charlie Hunnam but also because he had bad posture.
Another fault of the film was how rushed the story felt. The book did not rush into the characters having sex like the movie did. Many important parts of the book were cut from the film. In addition, Christian and Ana’s chemistry flowed better in the book.
“Fifty Shades of Grey” was a bad movie but the book’s story was not written to be a good movie. It was written to play with fantasies or give men more double standards. It is a joke and a girl can laugh at a naughty joke too.