Despite a record-breaking opening weekend, “Fifty Shades of Grey” proved entirely disappointing.
Though Christian Grey (played by Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) spent the most of their on-screen time achieving climax, the film itself fails to do so.
The majority of the painfully long 125 minutes was spent agonizing over whether or not the naïve and inexperienced Anastasia would eventually submit to the coercion and intimidation of powerful billionaire, Christian Grey.
The first hour of this movie felt like the set up for a Lifetime movie about an obsessive boyfriend that ‘eventually goes too far,’ complete with cheesy reaction music.
Christian stopped at nothing to have Anastasia agree to become his 24/7 submissive — breaking and entering, tracking her movements and using sex as a weapon. Yes, these were the flirting tactics of Seattle’s most eligible bachelor. However, after all the build up to wild, BDSM sex, all viewers got was a half-hour of spanking and light bondage.
One would hope there would be an incredible resolution to reward audiences for the film’s tedious exposition. Just as the plot and characters actually began to develop, the movie ended abruptly, leaving the audience erupting in groans of frustration.
Not only did “Fifty Shades of Grey” have poor critical reception with Rotten Tomatoes giving it a 26 percent, it has also received negative criticism from audiences. The BDSM community in particular is dissatisfied with the film’s portrayal of BDSM relationships.
According to an article in the Daily Beast written by a New York City dominatrix, Mistress D. Sandoval, the coercive and abusive tactics used by Christian Grey are incongruent with the values of the BDSM community.
Additionally, the stress the film places on a connection between childhood sexual abuse and a preference for BDSM is inaccurate and offensive for those who enjoy BDSM.