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Fifty Shades of Grey: No Shade At all
Beyond the Sexual Perspective
We have been hearing about BDSM ad nauseam; but a little about the aesthetic of the controversial movie- Fifty Shades of Grey.
When the message surpasses the movie, that should be a bit embarrassing for the director. After all, you are not delivering speech in a seminar; you are dealing an art form. From that point, could Sam Taylor-Johnson be pleased with the review she has been getting?
Idea Is Strong
Frankly, the plot of ‘Fifty shades of grey’ is quite intriguing one. A guy who is generally not seen with a girl (and even his mother takes him as gay), has a dark desire inside. On the contrary, the lead female character is still virgin. So, the poles are totally opposite and they meet to bring contrast to each other’s life.
To compare with the plot, consider Lars Von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac’, where a nymphomaniac meets an asexual guy and they dig each other’s thoughts. There were logical flow of events and contradictions within the characters, presented with very powerful visuals. So, even there were stronger sex scenes, the melancholy transcended erotica.
The Grey Area Between Porn and a Movie
The point in which the Lars Von Trier was brought is to state that seeing sex isolated from the life has strong chance to deviate from the artistic expression. That’s where the difference between pornography and film stands. In any porn film, it is inapt to judge the characters in bed exhibiting some powerful rhythm in their bodily movements. Techniques of their ‘lovemaking’ precedes the context. So a porn site has many categories of movies that may seem weird to a newbie (if such term really exists); but for an experienced surfer, clicking on a category link is just a matter of choice.
A film, on the contrary, does not focus ‘only’ on categorized sexual perspective, rather set it against a pursuable context. It may be vivid or subtle, but the politics of sexuality would be there and make anyone think of the perspective before judging.
Write Ups: Nothing Unique
Now the question is, how ‘Fifty shades of grey’ addressed a particular sexual perspective and it’s context?
The most interesting fact about the movie is that the writer, the director and the scriptwriter- all three are women. So maybe it was a good chance to get our feet in women’s shoes and watch how they feel about it.
As the novel, itself, was not written by a professional, it was the scriptwriter’s duty to make it more filmy and work on the plot holes. Unfortunately the effort was surprisingly absent. Why Ana, with all her inexperience, had to do the interview for her professional friend was never really explained. Why Christian chose Ana, and before her who was with him, was always on the dark. To be precise, the screenplay followed the novel exactly and almost page by page.
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Whether the movie presented BDSM in proper way, is irrelevant. There is nothing ‘proper’ that can be taken as standard in any art form. The important point is, it has a viewpoint and an opinion. But the opinion did not come from a strong context, rather with bunch of impositions.
Cristian has a traumatic childhood, that leads him to ‘fuck’, rather ‘making love’. Ana comparatively innocent and inexperienced, fall for the decency and charm of Christian. That was the basic character design; and they remain so at the end of the movie.
The cinematographer did not go for exclusive stylization, rather kept the visual as simple as the story. So the love scenes did not come as unique but pretty much followed the basic frames that are seen in other movies.