50 Shades of Terrible 

Is it too early for me to consider 50 Shades of Grey a big spanking, leather suited, and hog-tied flop?

It has definitely been a busy weekend working in the cinema with one of the most anticipated films coming out. That film being the rather boring and plain 50 Shades of Grey.

I haven’t seen the film myself, and after this weekend don’t plan to, but going on the opinions of the many hundreds leaving screenings it appears Mr. Grey left them bored. I don’t think that’s what a film about sex and BDSM is meant to do to you, actually, that’s the opposite.

The film has been a massive success in terms of hyping it up and getting the crowds in to watch it. After the crazy period of time where the book was being mentioned left, right and centre, the anticipation for the theatrical release was immense. I feel genuinely sorry for the loyal fans who have been disappointed by this adaptation.

I think one of the main problems which has been suggested to me, is that the book let people use their imagination to create the steamy picture of Mr. Grey, whereas in the film it’s laid out in front of you, manufactured.

One redeeming factor has got to be the soundtrack for me. The playlist was played over and over in the cinema; but Beyoncé’s Haunted and Ellie Goulding’s Love Me Like You Do are so darn catchy. I can’t help but enjoy them. Should I feel guilty?

The disappointing reviews for 50 Shades probably won’t affect the sequels turnout and inevitable success, but here’s hoping…

Alexander Jones


Author: alexwelsh95

Magazine journalism trainee. Journalism, media and cultural studies graduate, Cardiff University.

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