PAIGE LISTON | OPINION COLUMNIST
This weekend, I took a trip to the movies to see the new film “Fifty Shades of Grey,” based on the best-selling novel. When it started becoming popular, I read the book for sheer shock value and to see if it was actually as bad as people were making it out to be.
When I heard they were making the book into a movie, I was confused. I wondered how they were going to make this into a two-hour film when there was virtually no plot at all.
I wondered how they would display the extremely over-the-top sex scenes without making it into a pornographic film. All this wondering sparked my curiosity, and I felt inclined to see the movie, much as I felt inclined to read the book.
I wanted to see if the movie would be as bad as the book.
The entire premise of “Fifty Shades of Grey” is based off of a relationship between a handsome, mysterious billionaire, the title character Christian Grey, and a meek, unassuming girl, Anastasia Steele.
The two enter into a complex relationship in which Grey reveals to her his specific tastes when it comes to his sex life. They are interesting, to say the least.
He introduces her to the world of sadomasochism sex and the way he uses instruments of torture, such as whips and rope, for pleasure.
The entire relationship between the two characters is extremely unequal. He is the “dominant” to her “submissive” and she must do anything he asks whenever he asks for it.
Grey engages in BDSM. BDSM is a real thing, and there are people that practice it.
BDSM stands for bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, and sadism and masochism. If the activities are consensual and practiced correctly, it can be a safe and healthy practice.
In the movie, however, it is slightly disturbing to see this displayed on the big screen.
And it was downright difficult to watch because the acting was terrible and none of the events that occurred throughout the film were even the slightest bit believable.
Although some people might read the book and watch the film and think those types of acts are acceptable, I would say most people would come out of the theater wondering why in the world did they paid $10 or more to see that ridiculousness.
Junior Chloe Meiss said she has no intention to see the movie, with good reason.
“A lot of the movie is based on sadism, and I don’t know why it would appeal to so many people,” Meiss said. “It makes sex look like it doesn’t matter in the least, when really it should. I think it takes abuse to a whole other level.”
I would hope that no one is actually influenced by this movie or think that this is a normal relationship. The entire reason the author wrote this was for money, because, as we all know, sex sells.
Junior Lauren Parker said she does not understand why the movie is being hyped up. She said there is no reason to be excited about a film like this.
“Our generation is already screwed up enough with how they see love,” Parker said. “And this movie being praised only makes it worse.”
I think people should go see the movie and read the book, nevertheless, just so they can see what all of the fuss is about, and end up disappointed just as I was. Perhaps people will go watch the movie because they think all the sex scenes will be exciting.
Sadly, I was shocked that a movie about sex could be so boring. Halfway through the film, I started thinking about all of the things I had to do the next day, which happened continuously throughout “Fifty Shades.”
Not only was the movie boring, but I also think it was offensive.
The abuse that occurs throughout the movie is difficult to watch.
Sophomore Gabrielle Dunn saw the movie and said she was not a fan of the concept.
“I didn’t like watching it, and I couldn’t imagine if I was someone who suffered through an abusive relationship or was kidnapped and had to do those things against my will,” Dunn said.
“The movie made it seem like those are pleasurable things when, for some people, that could have been their worst nightmare.”
I wish I could say the movie was entertaining, at the least, but it could not even manage that.
The film was a combination of poor acting, zero plot and completely unrealistic and offensive scenes that makes me urge people not to spend their money on seeing this at the theaters.
If you are curious, rent it, but be ready to see random scenes strung together by absolutely nothing.
Indeed, this film was terribly grey for my taste.