“50 Shades of Grey” is probably one of the worst films I have seen in a while, and that is saying

something, considering I enjoyed the trilogy of novels by E. L. James.

 

Honestly, my expectations were low. Movies that promote themselves as hard as “50 Shades” usually

end up being horrible anyways. However, the film has certainly been successful commercially, taking in

$94.4 million domestically in its first four days, according to Variety magazine.

 

For those who thought the book was written terribly, the movie was way worse. “Choppiness” doesn’t

even begin to describe the scenes that bounced back and forth. The action would go from one place to

another, and each scene was super short.

 

While director Sam Taylor-Johnson and screenwriter Kelly Marcel did take direct quotes out of the book

and put them into the movie, a lot of the actual story line got cut out. There was no real plot line. There

was so much more than sex in the book – there was passion, some light romance, and playful moments,

most of which were cut from the movie.

 

They took the sex scenes, which were all less than a minute long, and used that to make the movie. And

thank goodness they were short too, because everything looked way too staged and the actors really

looked like they were forcing themselves. The actors needed to become more comfortable with their

roles because, after all, they should have known what they were getting into.

 

The only part that I slightly liked was the beginning. The playfulness of Ana (Dakota Johnson) and

Christian (Jamie Dornan) that is seen in every book was all at the very beginning of the movie. It was

comical to watch the two of them flirt and be snarky. All of that fades away quickly, though, and the

main focus is on the BDSM relationship that Christian wants to build. Then the film just starts to drag on.

No spoiler alerts, but I do think the ending was quite irritating. I left the theater very angry. For those

who didn’t read the book, the last scene is probably quite shocking and a little demented. There is more

to the story than where it is left off.

 

People will either have to read the books or wait for the next movie to understand the real Christian.

You can’t just watch the first movie and expect to know who Christian is, because his character is

explained in more detail later.

 

The first book was very shocking and demented, and my least favorite. The next two books were much

better, and I hope the filmmakers can do better with the next two movies to show Ana and Christian’s

true relationship. Plus, the books focus less on BDSM and more on Ana’s desires.

 

The next two movies should definitely focus less on sex and more on the love story of Ana and Christian.

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Valerie Spears

Valerie Spears

Valerie Spears is a senior studying mass communications and is graduating in December 2015. She started working for The Rambler as a content producer in the spring of 2015 and was promoted to Editor-in-Chief for the fall 2015 semester. Valerie plans on attending graduate school to obtain her Master of Business Administration in Marketing in the fall of 2016.

Her interests include caring for animals, cooking, hiking, photography and discovering new places. She hardly wears her shoes, so if you need to find her in the office, look for the short girl with no shoes on.

Her awards include:
• Reporter of the year- Rambler Media Group
• Honorable Mention- Public Relations Crisis Management -TIPA 2015
• 2nd Place- Best in Show (The Rambler, Vol. 99 Issue 2) -TIPA - createdlLayout, graphic design, and content

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