When it comes to films like Fifty Shades Of Grey, which has so much hype around it, both negative and positive, it’s a delicate balance of keeping your mind open when going in to see it. I already had my own opinions about the book and how popular it was, but even those I tried to keep in check when going into see the film with my girlfriend. On that note, my girlfriend had never read the book, and didn’t really know anything about the film, but was dragged along by a friend, and she ended up loving it. So it didn’t take her long to convince me to see it as well!
Right off the bat, this film doesn’t deserve the hype it’s getting, in the negative sense, or even the positive sense. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it, but the hype about it has clearly blown itself out of proportion. In the negative view, it’s just a story about a girl discovering her sexuality through a man who’s into BDSM. Just because that’s not your sex life, doesn’t mean it’s not ok for others to partake in such things. I had more issues with the fantasy elements of the young billionaire who can fly planes and helicopters, play the piano, and the early 20’s virgin girl then I did with the actual sex.
There’s also the positive front that I don’t really get either. A whole lot of girls love this film for its sexiness, but I just didn’t feel it at all, though that may because it’s actually a women’s fantasy film, rather than a mans. I know many people won’t agree with that, but there’s a reason most men have no interest in this film, as this just isn’t the norm for guys to be into. But regardless of that, I just didn’t find it sexy, and in fact could count off many others films that I think did it better and girls should fawn over more.
Though, it was still a good film, and I’m sure I could go on much longer with my thoughts about the deeper meaning of the film and book, as well as the filmmaking itself and its strengths and weaknesses, but I won’t. Instead I’ll just tell the haters to keep an open mind about the whole thing, as I even think your reaction of it may make its effects worse. For the lovers of the film, I suggest doing some research into that world, or into others films about love and sex, and I think you’ll be surprised to find that Fifty Shades isn’t all it’s cracked up to be compared to other films of its ilk.
8 out of 10 from me!!!