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By Kaitlyn Walker, Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of blackfilm.com
Photo courtesy of blackfilm.com

The credits began to run on the large cinema screen alerting the audience that the movie was over. Instead of clapping, though, the theater was filled with the laughter of people who were appalled by what they had just spent money, and two hours of their time, watching.

The much anticipated film adaptation of the worldwide phenomenon “Fifty Shades of Grey” hit theaters Friday, Feb. 13. Now, the critics and audiences around the country have spoken and it’s not looking so good.

For those readers who don’t know what “Fifty Shades” is about, here’s a little synopsis. E.L. James wrote “Twilight” fan fiction with BDSM. Then she got the idea to change the characters’ names from Stephanie Meyer’s series and publish her fan fiction. So basically “Fifty Shades” is “Twilight” with a lot of sex and bondage…and cheesy dialogue.

Peter Rosenthal, head film critic for The Onion, took sarcasm to a whole new level when he said, “It’s an erotic coming-of-age story that’s familiar to all of us from our own lives and that honestly depicts real sex in the place where it really happens – strapped into a harness in a sex chamber.”

Despite the fact that the movie hasn’t received much praise, it has grossed over $85.5 million in ticket sales.

Reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes have posted comments ranging from “More like two and a half shades of whack. How the film managed to be worse than the book is an absolute feat” to “I can see this being a cult classic, with Team Grey T-shirts and everything.”

Like every big Hollywood movie flop, there is always a handful of folks who loved the film.

“With “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the director (Sam Taylor-Johnson), the screenwriter (Kelly Marcel), and the writer on whose book the movie is based (E. L. James) all give unstinting insight to their erotic imagination. Though the results fall short of wonderful, they’re far ahead of most major commercial movies that have anything to do with love,” said Richard Brody, a writer for The New Yorker.

The movie has pushed the boundaries of how sexy an R-rated movie can be, but it was still lacking in some departments for a lot of people.

“My friend and I were waiting for the full-frontal nudity from Christian Grey. How can you have an erotic R-rated movie without it?” Hailey Ivankovics, 20, said after seeing the movie opening day.

It is always disappointing when a movie fails to live up to the book. True fans of the book series have been in full support of the film, even though some were sad to see things they loved left out of the movie. Everyone has their own opinions.

“Laters, baby.”

  • If both writer and director actually knew ‘what was important about it’ – they probably would have done a better job telling the story for book readers. But, it’s hard to force a storyline where one barely exists.

    Fiction done right doesn’t hurt anybody – but, Twilight wasn’t done right; and 50 Shades is only ONE bad consequence that came out of it. 50 Shades is no more about BDSM than Twilight was about Vampires. It is proof of how warped the obsessions of so many OLDER Twilight fans were so many years ago. What happened with The Twilight Saga is VERY RARE professionally-negligent publishing – NOT ‘Free Speech’. There are real amateur literary reasons why Twilight messed with so many people’s heads – and we are the ones who get called ‘crazy’ for it. (Unless we manage to write a XXX blockbuster based on this negligence that makes a handful of people money.) SEARCH explaintwilightbreakingdawnending on blogspot for all the details on how a romantic sparkling vamp accidentally inspired Christian Grey.

    • Carol Ambrose Lane

      You are aware the writer was the Exec producer right?

      • I’m not sure what that matters… just because she produced it doesn’t mean that she knew what she was doing; and she has a studio backing her, doesn’t she? What about the professional publisher who published it? Where does the fault actually begin?