So I’m really curious about 50 Shades of Grey hitting the theaters this weekend. Not the actual movie, mind you, but seeing who’s brave enough to go catch this flick. Like, in a theatre. With other people around them. What type of person will gather their girlfriends (or poor partner) to see it on the big screen? I bet they’re not at all insecure. Or maybe they’re exhibitionists?
Like most of you, I read the book, but had a hard time getting through it. The writing was just so bad. I’m not a literary snob by any means, but I found myself speed reading just so I could get to the sex scenes. It was just so implausible. Not the butt plugs, but the fact that our heroine, Anastasia Steele made it through university a virgin. And without a computer!
And let’s not forget that Christian Grey, an attractive millionaire would order Chardonnay. Come on! No hot guy orders the weakest grape. They just don’t. Do frat boys juice? Do men go to hot yoga for any other reason than to suss out the see through Lululemon leggings downward dogging before them? Please.
So it’s with great interest I lurk on the sidelines to see who enters specific theaters this weekend. It’s one thing to cue it up on Netflix with your partner, a few drinks under your belt to enhance the experience. “Oh we just wanted to see what all the fuss was about,” you tell yourself (just as you did when you read the book). It’s quite another to enjoy the experience in a very public way. Not that it’s a bad thing, but to me it’s more of a social experiment.
Besides seeing who’ll attend, I’m curious about the actors. Dakota Johnson is the female lead and she’s the love child of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. This is her first big role and I wonder how she pulls it off. She and her costar Jamie Dornan reportedly despise each other and have no onscreen chemistry. Hmmm…
Jamie Dornan has been touted as giving an Oscar-winning performance. Likely this came from his publicist. Still, those are fighting words. I have a hard time believing any role in this film is Oscar worthy, but I’m no film critic, just a people watcher. And I may or may not be skulking around the theater this weekend.
To get you in the mood, here’s the film’s trailer.
Are you interested in seeing 50 Shades of Grey? Would you prefer to watch it in a theatre or in the privacy of your own home?