While Fifty Shades of Grey opens to packed theaters, its impact has already been felt. Now critics and social media are responding with their own views on the film, adding to the Twitter frenzy that started when the movie was first cast, reported Entertainment Weekly.
Author E.L. James personally approved the team to adapt her book, in particular female director Sam Taylor-Johnson and female screenwriter Kelly Marcel. With the awareness that the movie was intended to hold true to the best-seller’s details, Fifty Shades sold more advance tickets on Fandango than any R-rated film previously.
But the burden for Dakota Johnson, daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, in portraying Anastasia Steele, and her co-star Jamie Dornan, is intense. And some critics are attacking the original plot as fueling fairy-tale beliefs.
“She’s a virgin, which feeds all our princess fantasies about purity,” criticized Susan Shapiro Barash, a professor who teaches gender studies at Marymount Manhattan College. “But he has a dark secret, and when she falls in love with him, his fantasy becomes something she really signs onto.”
Other critics are attacking the dialogue.
“Holy c**p!” says Anastasia as her chosen form of amazement.
But the question of whether the movie holds true to the Fifty Shades book also has been a topic of controversy, reports the Daily Beast.
In particular, the carefully choreographed sex scenes and desire to portray sex as a beautiful dance left some viewers questioning whether they were watching an art ballet movie rather than a film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.
However, Dakota Johnson feels that the movie is so convincing that she doesn’t want her family to see it, as the Inquisitr reported.
“I don’t want my family to see [the movie], because it’s inappropriate. Or my brothers’ friends, who I grew up with. I think they’d be like, Blegh [mimics vomiting]. Also there’s part of me that’s like, ‘I don’t want anyone to see this movie.’ Just kidding.”
As for Twitter, responses escalated when the first trailer was released, according to People.
“They could have used more attractive people for 50 shades of grey.”
“Women are sharing the 50 Shades of Grey trailer all over FB. They are also sharing that they bought a Groupon for a showerhead. Coincidence?”
“It would be hilarious if the Fifty Shades of Grey movie was just a slide show of 50 shades of grey.”
But others in the social media world are advocating for a boycott, according to Cinema Blend. In particular, an online campaign called #50dollarsnot50shades urges potential viewers to boycott Fifty Shades of Grey.
The campaign also seeks donations to support battered women, criticizing the movie for what supporters cite as a glamorous way to portray violence against women.
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