It’s the book that turned heads, the one that both you and your mom read but you never want to talk about and the one that all guys avoid. 50 Shades of Grey. If the book wasn’t controversial enough, Focus Features had to go and turn it into a movie. Coming from someone who has read the book, one can say I was excited to see how the movie turned out. How much do they show? Do they show the scene with the…and when he did…?! Is that even allowed in movies?
In case you haven’t hopped on the 50 shades train yet, college student Anastasia Steele falls for the dominating business man Christian Grey after interviewing him for her school newspaper and a pretty steemy elevator scene. Only problem for her is Grey won’t agree to having a relationship unless she agrees to his erotic idea of a relationship (signing a contract, red room of pain, the whole nine yards).
Jamie Dornan plays the famous Christian Grey. Strong jawline, tall, defined abs that don’t look like they’re painted on, I like to think they did a pretty good job finding a Mr. Grey. We were all crossing our fingers for Channing Tatum so we could gaze at him shirtless for 125 minites, but it was probably smart to go with a new face. Although now anyone who sees Dornan walking down the street will expect him to leave the room with, laters baby.
Here’s what the ratings say:
Rotton Tomatoes gave it a…well, rotton tomato. Out of 183 reviews, 47 were fresh and 136 rotten and it recieved 3 out of 5 stars. The critics concensus was that the movie was a less than satisfying experience on the screen while the 50% of audience members liked it.
IMDb (Internet Movie Database, incase you forgot) gives it 2 out of 5 stars. That’s an average 4 out of 10 rating from over 62,000 users.
Many critics looked down upon 50 Shades of Grey because of its conncetions to Twilight. Rumor has it it’s based on an erotic fan fiction verison of the, Edward-Bella vampire-werewolf situation.
Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune says, “…’Fifty Shades’ turns out to be roughly as pretty good as the first ‘Twilight’ — appropriate, since James wrote ‘Fifty Shades’ as sexed-up, loinzapoppin’ fan fiction paying tribute to the ‘Twilight’ bestsellers.” However Richard Lawson from Vanity Fair says, “Fifty Shades of Grey is not the lame, hot-and-bothered fantasy romance many, including myself, thought it would be. It’s got wit and humor and a modest intelligence about human behavior that, say, the Twilight movies never had.”
At least Christian Grey doesn’t sparkle.
Not surprising to most, 50 Shades of Grey is rated R. Some people feel the R should stand for something more like ridiculous, raunchy or even rape. Besides gaining attention from the box office, there has been a lot of criticism from some domestic violence experts. The Detroit News expands on this idea with the article, Is ’50 Shades of Grey’ escapism or abuse? In the article Amy Bonomi, professor and chairperson of Michigan State University’s Department of Human Development, said the central relationship in the film is abusive, according to Center for Disease Control guidelines.
“Christian uses an interlocking pattern of abuse to control Anastasia,” Bonomi said. “He stalks her, he intimidates her and isolates her from friends and family. And he minimizes the abuse. Finally, he perpetrates sexual violence.” Now how exactly is this sexual violence? “In the sexual interactions he uses alcohol, and he intimidates her into participating in activities she’s uncomfortable with. That fits the national definition of sexual violence,” Bonomi said.
Although this is only one professionals opinion, you can say that 50 Shades Grey stirred up a little more conversation than something to do when you’re single on Valentine’s Day. Should we leave it as a fun movie for the moms on the block to see instead of their usual bunco night? Or turn it into a crime against women? I know I’m still going to see the movie and find out.
In case you didn’t know, Feb. 17 was International Pancake Day. What does this have to do with 50 Shades of Grey? On Twitter #RuinAMovieWithPancake was trending… 50 Shades of Pancake (el oh el). Not to mention a 50 Shades fan twitter account @latersbabes jazzed up a quote from the movie with this fun hashtag…
“If you agree to do this, you’re gonna want your own room.” “Why? Cause I’ll be your pancake slave?” #RuinAMovieWithPancake
If you’re still obsessed no matter what critics or ratings say, you can always buy “Fifty Shades of Grey” branded sex toys at Target when you stop to grab peanut butter and some new leggings. If you ask me, I can think of a lot of other ways to spend $15.00 than on a 50 Shades of Grey “No Peeking Soft Twin Blindfold Set.” Yikes.
The Detriot News