A (Partial) Defense of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

50 Shades of Grey defense

Let’s get this out of the way: Fifty Shades of Grey* has some massively problematic aspects. Its pathologization of dominant sexual behavior is deeply hypocritical, considering that the movie delights in that exact same behavior. And it’s especially distasteful to portray Christian Grey’s taste for BDSM sex as unhealthy while glossing over his borderline abusive behavior outside of the bedroom, like his habit of showing up at Anastasia’s house uninvited or selling off her possessions without asking.

But to consequently dismiss Fifty Shades of Grey as “bad for women” (or men for that matter) does it and its fans a disservice. For all Fifty Shades of Grey gets wrong about adult relationships and BDSM, it still offers something rare and valuable: a portrait of female sexuality that’s entirely by, for, and about women.

(* To clarify, were talking exclusively about Fifty Shades of Grey the movie here. Fifty Shades of Grey the book is a whole different beast, and as I haven’t read it I can’t discuss it.) Read More »

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Fifty Shades of Grey

At about the half-hour mark in Fifty Shades of Grey, I came to a sobering realization: Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) could get away with murder. This dude basically exhibits straight-up stalker behavior, and yet the object of his affection, Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson, in a nuanced and impressive performance), not only doesn’t mind — she occasionally seems into it. And that’s before the BDSM even begins!

Of course, a lot of that is probably due to Grey’s stunning good looks, his immense wealth, his confident personality, his incredibly well-built torso, his eyes that are so deep in color that you could lose yourself in them for days…

I’m sorry, where was I? Oh right. Hit the jump to see 10 things that Christian Grey does in Fifty Shades of Grey that would be creepy if I did them. This is not an exhaustive list.
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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Sequels Are Coming

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey soundss like a disaster in some respects, but it’s already looking like a success in a commercial sense. It’s already one of the fastest-selling R-rated advance tickets in history, and is on track to become one of the biggest Valentine’s Day openings in history. It’s even helped boost January movie ticket sales by 37% over last year.

And you know what that means: Sequels are coming. They’ll be based on the two other books from the Fifty Shades trilogy, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. Just be glad we haven’t heard of plans to split the finale into two films. More on the Fifty Shades of Grey sequels after the jump.  Read More »

Alexandre Aja

Although Fifty Shades of Grey is getting all the buzz, it’s not the only movie Jamie Dornan has out this year. He’s also in Alexandre Aja‘s The 9th Life of Louis Drax, along with Aaron Paul and Sarah Gadon.

As in Fifty Shades of Grey, Dornan plays a handsome hero who gets all conflicted over a beautiful woman. But that’s where the similarities stop. Dornan’s 9th Life of Louis Drax character isn’t a kinky billionaire, but a doctor who steps in after a kid falls into a coma. Get your The 9th Life of Louis Drax first look after the jump.  Read More »

Fifty Shades of Grey - Jamie Dornan

Any time a beloved book gets adapted for the screen, there’s bound to be some grumbling over the casting choices. Each of the millions of readers will have a slightly different look in mind, and there’s simply no way to satisfy all of them. And Fifty Shades of Grey may have had it even worse than most, because the character of Christian Grey is designed to be every fan’s ultimate sexual fantasy.

It wasn’t surprising, then, that not everyone loved the choice of Jamie Dornan. But the latest Fifty Shades of Grey trailer tries to make a case for him through the words of one supporting character: “You have to admit, he’s ridiculously hot.” And Dornan tries his best to live up to that promise. Watch the new Fifty Shades of Grey trailer after the jump.  Read More »

50 shades of grey trailer

It’s a big day for fans of the popular book 50 Shades of Grey. The trailer for the film, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, is now online. Finally, fans can see the erotic romance in live action, starring Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele. Check out the first 50 Shades of Grey trailer, along with some new stills, below. Read More »

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First Look Fifty Shades of Grey

Any character that looms as large in the public imagination as Fifty Shades of Grey‘s Christian Grey is going to be intensely scrutinized when he makes the jump to the screen. Fans had strong opinions last year when Jamie Dornan was chosen to play him in the film, and we’re sure they’ll have many more today as the first image of Dornan as Grey is released. Get your first look at Fifty Shades of Grey after the jump.

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Fifty Shades of Grey - Christian and Anastasia

Charlie Hunnam’s sudden departure from Fifty Shades of Grey sparked rumors that the erotic romance might not be able to make its planned summer 2014 release date. And now, it has indeed been pushed back to Valentine’s Day 2015 — but not, Universal insists, because of the casting change. Or not just because of it, anyway.

Fortunately for disappointed fans, Universal is taking advantage of that six-month delay to get the hype machine started nice and early. The first pics of stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in character have just hit the web. Read more about the delay and soak in the new images after the jump.

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Jamie Dornan

Less than two weeks after Charlie Hunnam dropped out of Fifty Shades of Grey, the Sam Taylor-Johnson-directed romance has found a new leading man. Irish actor Jamie Dornan has just been cast in the lead role of Christian Grey, the billionaire playboy with a BDSM fetish. Dakota Johnson remains attached as the object of his affections, naive college student Anastasia Steele. More details after the jump.

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