It's been a few days since the BDSM fest known as Fifty Shades of Grey hit local cinemas, giving moviegoers a full frontal view of what's behind the hype and just why it got an R18 rating from the MTRCB.
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The big screen adaptation of the erotic novel by E. L. James is certainly one of the most controversial flicks in recent years given its explicit depiction of sexual fantasies usually only whispered in hushed tones. So, with its release, it's only understandable that the Internet will explode with a shitload of reactions and criticisms to the performances of Christian Grey and co.
So what is the online world saying so far? Many, many things. Before you go watch the movie (hopefully with your S.O. because watching it as a single person is akin to a vegan watching Epic Meal Time videos) as part of your V-Day weekend plans or whatever, read on to have a better idea of what to expect.
Forbes' Scott Mendelson says that Fifty Shades of Grey is as good as advertised, maybe even a little bit more. He also adds that it's actually a bit about the assertiveness of women despite the seeming submissiveness of its lead female character, Anastasia Steele (played by Dakota Johnson).
Tim Robey of The Telegraph wrote a review that speaks along the same lines. He specifically gave a thumbs up to the characters' performances. "The lead performances and sleek style choices sell it almost irresistibly to the target audience," he stated.
Meanwhile, Vanity Fair's Richard Lawson says that Fifty Shades of Grey has both wit and humor and that the movie version of Anastasia deserves praise for being "funny and expressive" and being more than a "self-sacrificing mouse of so many melodramas of this ilk."
Over at Twitter, some snap reviews less than 140 characters long are saying positive things like...
But of course, if there are positive reactions, there are also negative ones. The New York Times says that the lead actor, Jamie Dornan, has the "bland effect" of an inanimate object, like "balsa wood" or a Lego figure. Ouch!
Rolling Stones' Peter Travers was disappointed with the movie's dullness. These words sum up the one-star rating nicely: "The true audiences for Fifty Shades of Grey are gluttons for punishment—by boredom."
This review from the Associated Press (via Inquirer.net) asks, "Is that all there is?" obviously pointing to the dissatisfaction of expecting more from a movie that is sadly so "run of the mill."
Rafer Guzman of Newsday puts it bluntly: It's "highly unsatisfying." And the review's rating: Not even good enough for one star.
And social media joins the, uhm, pounding...
On a related note, this serious post from the social humor site 9gag (who would've thought, right?) sums up what's effed up about the Fifty Shades of Grey book in four words: It gets bondage wrong.
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Click here for the full (and lengthy) post.
The movie is far from a comedy of any form, but that didn't stop netizens from putting a lighter side to the whole Fifty Shades of Grey bandwagon. What do you expect? Welcome to the Internet!
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And, as always, when something big hits the web, expect parodies to come in full force!
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