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Wow, it's been ages since I submitted a journal. Over the last few months I've been to see lots of movies, some of them have been pretty good (A Testament of Youth, The Theory of Everything, The Imitation Game, Grand Budapest Hotel to name a few) and some of them have been pretty terrible (Into The Woods, The Expendables 3, Ex Machina (bleh), some that I've blotted out, they were so bad), but high at the top of the tree of awfulness has to be 50 Shades of Grey.

 

You have to hand it to E L James, I don't suppose when she sat down to write 50 Shades that she had any comprehension of what she was setting in motion. How many middle aged housewives achieve such a phenomenal level of financial success when they start a piece of fan fiction, based on an original source, Twilight,  that was widely derided at the time? She must think all her Christmases have come at once, but maybe there are things more significant than money and self respect is one of them.  

 

What is it about this story that has gripped the imagination of so many women, even though it's ridiculousness on a page? There has to be more to it than extremely effective marketing and promotion, although what they have done with it is amazing and I would like to know how they did it. At heart it's a potent story of sexual obsession with thriller elements that keep the plot pacey and engage the reader's attention, but as a reader you can poke a million holes in it if you want to. Eventually the sex becomes so repetitive and annoying that you just skip over the shagging to get to the story. It could have used a lot of editing to get rid of all that malarkey. Suspension of disbelief is required in bucketloads, plus a continual reminder that it's just fantasy fluff and don't pick holes in it trying to find meaning or depth or any connection to reality. Bells ringing in my head over personal stuff on that one.

 

I read somewhere that E L James had quite a lot of editorial control over the movie and refused to allow any scriptwriters to improve the dialogue, which was a shame but I suppose she would have had to admit that her own was not up to the job. In the end her characters came across as dull and unsympathetic. We didn't care what happened to them and there was no sense that they even liked each other, let alone so hot for each other they couldn't wait to rip each other's clothes off. They were like strangers going at it, and whilst some people find that very hot, to the outside observer it's just weird.

Some have complained that it's about domestic violence, but S & M has its own clearly defined and agreed upon rules and is mutually consensual. Domestic violence is not. I suppose you could argue that psychological abuse could be involved in getting someone to act in a sexual way against their will, but I don't know how common that is in the S & M scene. Some have complained that the S & M elements are not very well done, and doesn't do the scene any justice. I have no personal experience of that, but in 50 Shades, the whole point is that she doesn't like that side of him, but loves him anyway and is willing to give it a try.  Together they work out a mutually agreeable solution which mostly involves him giving up the whips and becoming domesticated.

 

I actually feel sorry for Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson for agreeing to take part in this festival of garbage, but they have to take their own responsibility for deciding to commit career suicide.

 

If I had been doing the casting and had a free hand to choose my Anastasia and Christian, I think I would have chosen Anna Kendrick or maybe Alicia Vikander, and a younger Matthew Mcconaughey or Ian Somerhalder. It seemed at the time when the roles were being cast that it was a poisoned chalice and no-one really wanted to do it. I admire Dornan and Johnson for having the guts, but sorry, the risk didn't really pay off. They had zero chemistry which made the sex scenes squirmy, and neither had the acting chops to imbue their roles with any depth or characterisation beyond the cheesily superficial. Admittedly they had poor material, but the film really sagged.

 

Will I go and see the sequel? Of course. Get with the zeitgeist, bebeh!

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Last week, we went to see Gone Girl. I'd read a review which claimed that the movie was the long awaited adaptation of a book that had captured the public's imagination, but I'm surprised to say that I'd never heard of it. Where had I been? God knows. Not paying attention, obviously. So, lol, I came to Gone Girl a complete virgin. All I knew about it was that it was a movie about a woman who goes missing in suspicious circumstances but that all was not what it seemed.

I used to like things that were not what they seemed, it made life more interesting, but having been burned by that, I'm now a firm believer in the appeal straightforwardness. That said, I didn't really enjoy GG all that much. I found Amy (the wife) annoying and the husband (can't even remember his name) a cold fish. They were an unsympathetic couple and as such it was hard to feel invested in what happened to them. The audience aren't supposed to like them, it's a study in how people who are fundamentally lying to each other about who they are can tear each other to shreds and cause havoc. At least they are not making other people miserable with their cheating and psychopathic shenanigans.

Amy was supposed to be so clever in her set up, and yet she made so many mistakes it was hard to believe in the plot. Her husband must have been incredibly dim if she could fool him and yet not be able to work out that the couple in the cabin were going to rob her.

My son read the book and enjoyed it, but I haven't yet and I wonder now if I'm going to bother.


"You're the one who thought psychopaths were so interesting, but they're kinda tiresome after awhile, don't you think? "  Hans, Seven Psychopaths, Played by the immortal Christopher Walken. Now that was an entertaining movie.

Wow, it's been ages since I submitted a journal. Over the last few months I've been to see lots of movies, some of them have been pretty good (A Testament of Youth, The Theory of Everything, The Imitation Game, Grand Budapest Hotel to name a few) and some of them have been pretty terrible (Into The Woods, The Expendables 3, Ex Machina (bleh), some that I've blotted out, they were so bad), but high at the top of the tree of awfulness has to be 50 Shades of Grey.

 

You have to hand it to E L James, I don't suppose when she sat down to write 50 Shades that she had any comprehension of what she was setting in motion. How many middle aged housewives achieve such a phenomenal level of financial success when they start a piece of fan fiction, based on an original source, Twilight,  that was widely derided at the time? She must think all her Christmases have come at once, but maybe there are things more significant than money and self respect is one of them.  

 

What is it about this story that has gripped the imagination of so many women, even though it's ridiculousness on a page? There has to be more to it than extremely effective marketing and promotion, although what they have done with it is amazing and I would like to know how they did it. At heart it's a potent story of sexual obsession with thriller elements that keep the plot pacey and engage the reader's attention, but as a reader you can poke a million holes in it if you want to. Eventually the sex becomes so repetitive and annoying that you just skip over the shagging to get to the story. It could have used a lot of editing to get rid of all that malarkey. Suspension of disbelief is required in bucketloads, plus a continual reminder that it's just fantasy fluff and don't pick holes in it trying to find meaning or depth or any connection to reality. Bells ringing in my head over personal stuff on that one.

 

I read somewhere that E L James had quite a lot of editorial control over the movie and refused to allow any scriptwriters to improve the dialogue, which was a shame but I suppose she would have had to admit that her own was not up to the job. In the end her characters came across as dull and unsympathetic. We didn't care what happened to them and there was no sense that they even liked each other, let alone so hot for each other they couldn't wait to rip each other's clothes off. They were like strangers going at it, and whilst some people find that very hot, to the outside observer it's just weird.

Some have complained that it's about domestic violence, but S & M has its own clearly defined and agreed upon rules and is mutually consensual. Domestic violence is not. I suppose you could argue that psychological abuse could be involved in getting someone to act in a sexual way against their will, but I don't know how common that is in the S & M scene. Some have complained that the S & M elements are not very well done, and doesn't do the scene any justice. I have no personal experience of that, but in 50 Shades, the whole point is that she doesn't like that side of him, but loves him anyway and is willing to give it a try.  Together they work out a mutually agreeable solution which mostly involves him giving up the whips and becoming domesticated.

 

I actually feel sorry for Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson for agreeing to take part in this festival of garbage, but they have to take their own responsibility for deciding to commit career suicide.

 

If I had been doing the casting and had a free hand to choose my Anastasia and Christian, I think I would have chosen Anna Kendrick or maybe Alicia Vikander, and a younger Matthew Mcconaughey or Ian Somerhalder. It seemed at the time when the roles were being cast that it was a poisoned chalice and no-one really wanted to do it. I admire Dornan and Johnson for having the guts, but sorry, the risk didn't really pay off. They had zero chemistry which made the sex scenes squirmy, and neither had the acting chops to imbue their roles with any depth or characterisation beyond the cheesily superficial. Admittedly they had poor material, but the film really sagged.

 

Will I go and see the sequel? Of course. Get with the zeitgeist, bebeh!

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