By: Maddie Turner
With Valentines day quickly approaching, the steady flow of women to nearby movie theaters is unstoppable. Women of all ages flock to see the shameful film that is 50 Shades Darker. Even my mom, who goes to the movies maybe once per year, is going. Most people agree too that the story-line is weak and predictable, the acting sub-par, especially on the part of Dakota Johnson, and that the film itself is uncomfortable. So why then does it seem as though everyone is flocking to the movies to see it this weekend?
The sex appeal mainly attracted the fan base when the first of the trilogy was published in 2011. Most of the time, books involving vulgar sex scenes are not talked about as publicly as this has been, but since the book gained so much traction, people around the nation felt as though it was appropriate to talk about and popularize it. It was surprising how quickly such a poorly written book could amass over 125 million copies sold, but at the same time it is an easy, no-brainer of a read, making it perfect for book clubs and gossip.
The writing itself has been mocked endlessly. The encounters are uncomfortable on paper and are even worse on the screen. I am not a fan of Dakota Johnson–she reminds me in part of Kristen Stewart’s acting in Twilight who has no business acting in such a major role. Both feel forced and awkward.
Regrettably I have seen the first movie, and although I was expecting it to be cheesy from the reviews, it was much more terrible than I would have ever expected. The buildup of the scenes and dramatic sexual tension put off by Grey are simply off-putting. Below is a screenshot of a classic sex scene–Grey’s flawless abs and body are not bad to look at, but when this is the most that the movie has to offer, it gets old.
Still from “50 Shades of Grey” (2015)
While I do understand the appeal of a mindless movie like this, it seems a shame to spend $10 on a ticket only to waste 2 hours on a movie like this when so many others deserve our time!