Fifty Shades of Grey Review: Surprisingly artful


Alright, first off… I read the book and I’ve seen a lot of negative reviews about this movie.  To be honest, I wasn’t really on board with the idea of having this as a film because books like that should be kept on paper and left to the reader’s imagination.  But being Hollywood, anything can be made into the movie if there is a demand for it.

Fifty Shades of Grey is based off the first book from the best-selling trilogy by E.L. James.  Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) gets a chance meeting with Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) a wealthy, handsome and charismatic entrepreneur, when she goes on behalf of her friend to interview him for the school paper.  The instantaneous electric attraction between them pushes Anastasia to embark on an intense and passionate affair with Christian, who has his own terms to add; introducing her to his world where she explores her own desires for the very first time.

“Do you trust me to be totally creepy towards you?” Source: Focus Features

Despite the explicit scenes that clearly is what all the fuss is about, I have to say that this was an artfully done film.  I can understand that BDSM is kinda a touchy subject and should be left to a person’s own discretion instead of being displayed on a huge ass screen for all to see.   But what I think people should understand first, is that this is a relationship between two people who are undeniably attracted to one another.  Yes, one of them has a strange way of initiating their relationship but let’s face it, everyone has their deepest, darkest secret.  I went into the cinema not knowing what to expect; especially since the sex scenes and BDSM were the main factors fueling this movie.  I had expected Game of Thrones style of nudity but to my surprise, it wasn’t as bad.  Sam Taylor-Johnson’s directing was pretty brilliant.  She managed to capture the essence of the scenes without making the audience feel uncomfortable or making it look like pornography.  I am one of those people who don’t exactly appreciate nudity on screen or even sex scenes but the directing Sam took made it slightly easier to sit through.  So, now you can imagine how hard it is being a fan of Game of Thrones for me.

“Move aside gentlemen. There’s a new sexy man in town.” Source: Focus Features

All in all, I am not for BDSM and I don’t think any woman should subject themselves to this form of ‘pleasure’ just to get with a guy or please him.  It’s against every rule of being your own person.  I strongly hated the last part of the film where he kinda whipped her.  No woman should subject themselves to this sort of abuse just to try and understand a person.  In fact, no relationship should be built on this sort of grounds.  A relationship is formed through trust, respect and love, not being a submissive.

With that said, I do think the film adaption of Fifty Shades of Grey is actually pretty okay.  It’s not a movie that I would encourage any of my friends to watch unless they’ve read the book;  because I strongly feel that it would be easier for a viewer to accept what’s being portrayed on-screen, when they know a little more about the two characters.




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