i'm sorry, but it's taken me a full 10 minutes to get to this page. Thank you, Verizon for your whiptastic slo-mo internet…after the contract is signed.
deep breath. okay.
there's a furor going on in the web world over the movie 50 Shades Of Grey. In case you didn't know, Grey is the main character's last name. On my street, we have a Girl's Movie Night, which has become also a theater matinee day, since we all want out of the same 4 walls this winter. We generally take turns picking the movie. yesterday was not my pick, and we went to see 50 Shades. Now, I didn't read the book, so I had no idea what the movie was about. This will not spoil it, but it's about a billionaire - young, handsome, single, who is sexually into domination. BUT what's been glossed over in the hate posts is it's also about a young, pretty, single grad student and her choices - she's nowhere close to being a billionaire, and probably not even a hundredaire. They meet, she's attracted to him, and he to her. and that's where the opinion pollsters go nuts. There are comments like "if he lived in a trailer park, it would be an episode of CSI," etc., insinuating that the male character is a demented perv, preying on this helpless woman. Let me say that domination is not my thing, unless we speak of chocolate. In the movie, the woman is 100% aware of what she is getting into, inasmuch as she has been provided with a long, legal document that she must read, initial, and sign. The terms, conditions, acts he engages in and expects her to comply with (IF she agrees) are explicitly spelled out, and she calls a business meeting with him to discuss changes she wants made to the document. She is free to leave at any time when they are together, and he has a helicopter, chauffeur, whatever, standing by at all times for her to just walk out the door. The sex scenes are somewhat explicit. The movie was well done & not gratuitous, and not as involved as the book according to a woman who read the series. What took my interest was watching as the woman in the film played him mentally…not just seeing his billions as a potential playground for herself, but drawing her boundaries for her SelfWorth, as well as her self physically. She is not a helpless waif, who is taken in by the rich & powerful man. I probably will not see the Part 2 & 3 (& maybe 4), because I prefer a different type of movie. but didn't walk away all inflamed about how he used her. They used one another equally. it was as much a head game as a physical game. There was nothing involved that wasn't consensual. She explored physically what she wanted, and made it clear that she wanted more from him emotionally. He made it clear that he was unable to give her anything emotionally. so it became her choice…fully aware of what he would/could and could not/ would not offer her. I won't spoil it any further, but i just don't understand the furor over the movie, other than it touches on a taboo. i find "shoot em up" movies to be more egregious, with gratuitous & graphic murder, but there are those that disagree. So it's just whatever you care to spend your money on, I guess. The popcorn was good.