A sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker is coming to theatres close to Valentine’s Day because nothing says love like bondage and gagging. The second film in Fifty Shades trilogy will incline more towards the “love saga” of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. Hold up. Fifty Shades is a romance movie? Shut the shit up.
It is certainly obvious that Fifty Shades features an unconventional “love” story; one of a possessive yet, detached lover. A college graduate, Anastasia Steele, falls for a man named Christian Grey who uses her for sexual exploits, disregarding her feelings in an attempt to introduce her to his sadomasochistic methods. Not only is Anastasia following the ’80s concept that love is blind and allows an older man to use her, Grey is as unfeeling as a person can be. Don’t they sound like the perfect couple to fall in love and grow old together?
The cast was recently asked by Universal Pictures to refrain from dirty talk. Marcia Gay Harden, who plays Grey’s mother in the film, revealed that the reason behind this restriction was to highlight the movie’s romantic elements. Earlier, Harden had put out some kinky tweets which triggered Universal to place this brainless restriction.
Dear Christian: Found this odd cheerleader pom pom in storage. Donating to local highschool. Love, Mama Grey pic.twitter.com/sohp45C1bb
— Marcia Gay Harden (@MGH_8) February 20, 2016
Dear Christian:thank u so much for this Valentines Day mixer. Perfect 4 the Red Velvet cake batter! Love, Mama Grey pic.twitter.com/3nOsiPDZXb
— Marcia Gay Harden (@MGH_8) January 29, 2016
Dear Christian: please return this hole punch set to Staples! It doesnt work at all! Love, Mama Grey pic.twitter.com/GNErvL2yW6
— Marcia Gay Harden (@MGH_8) January 27, 2016
If you want people to believe that Fifty Shades is, in fact, a romance film, why not try writing a better screenplay where the subject of love doesn’t feel imposed? Or, instead of using cheap mind-tricks, perhaps find an actress better suited for the role because Dakota Johnson can’t really pull off Ana.
Ana falls in love with Grey, a man whose only positive attributes are that he’s attractive and wealthy, and it feels so unrealistic as he doesn’t exhibit the characteristics on which she could base love. At least in the books, Ana was mind-numbingly naive so it made a bit more sense for her to be with Christian. He’s cold, pushes her to extremes (sexually), toys with her and rejects all possibility of a romance. Johnson’s Ana constantly goes back and forth from being smitten by love to having self-respect again. Secondly, there is no true expression of love from either end.
Instead of putting romance in everything, it would be much better if the filmmakers could come to terms with what the film is, an out-and-out erotica. Not every story with a dark side is a fairy tale. Try and not make it into something it is not because the Fifty Shades Darker can do without being brought down.