I tried to enter the movies with an open mind. I have only read the first book of the 50 shades of Grey series because that was more than enough for me and I was not impressed with the writing style or with the actual story of Christian Gray and Anastasia Steele. I’ve read far better sex stories and I will keep reading those.
Hence, I knew what was going to happen. I knew there would be sex scenes. I knew about the glorification of abuse in the book and I had even read some articles about the failed promo tour because the actors, Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, hated each other. I knew about the criticism.
Considering all that I still decided to go to the movies to watch 50 Shades of Grey on Valentines Day with a friend since I wanted to build my own opinion.
Let’s make one thing clear: It’s not a very good movie.
It’s exactly what happens in the book and the producers were not able to build up tension nor were they able to arouse me in the sex scenes (and I usually get hot and horny in sex scenes far more innocent believe me).
The sex scenes were ridiculous. Christian barely slaps Anastasia and she’s already almost coming. My friend and I laughed our ass off during a few of those scenes and apparently we were not the only ones because the whole cinema hall laughed quite often. For a movie that should tell a “love story” and BDSM that was waaaaaay to much laughing.
Also I very much agree with all the criticism about the glorification of abuse in 50 shades of Grey. It’s not a healthy relationship. It’s not healthy being told what to wear, what to eat, what car to drive, to actually SELL her old car and buy her a new, fancy one. All that is not normal.
Furthermore, I do not understand the fascination about turning a heartless, businessman asshole into husband material like many girls dream about at night.
This might be one part why many women were so fascinated with the book and started having desires to “find their own Christian Grey”.
I never had that and I probably never will. I like nice boys who love kittens, kiss their mommies goodbye and cry while watching Notebook.
I’m going to cut it short here because it’s not really worth talking about anymore.
I don’t think they should let the same producer make the next two films. The second and the third one might turn out better that way (still not reading the books…)
If you wanna go and watch it, do it. It’s certainly quite amusing to see half the cinema hall stop eating popcorn because of the sex scenes and the other half spilling their popcorn because they can’t stop laughing…
PS: We even have a whole shelf in our student shop that only sells 50 shades of Grey books with sex toys and leather decoration (picture as featured image)