Fifty Shades of Grey: The Movie Review by Eugene Alejandro

Fifty Shades of Grey is a major motion picture adaptation of the first book in the Fifty Shades Trilogy of the same name, and is released by Universal Pictures and Focus Features, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, written by Kelly Marcel, and produced by Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti, and E.L. James (the creator and writer of the Fifty Shades Trilogy). The movie adaptation stars Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, and Jamie Dorman as Christian Grey.

I have not read the book that this film is adapted from, so I will just review the film simply as a movie in general rather than an adaptation of the source material.

I honestly wasn’t expecting much from this movie because even before I watched it, I already knew it got a lot negative reviews, and was nominated for a lot of Razzie Awards. The reason why I saw it was because I curious and I wanted to make a review of it. And much to my surprise, it isn’t one of the worst movies I have ever seen (I have seen much worse movies), but it is still a boring and dull piece of cinema I’ve had the displeasure of sitting through for the sake of this review. Before I talk about why I disliked Fifty Shades of Grey: The Movie, I do want to mention the positives the movie has.

The first and biggest positive is the music by Danny Elfman, and the soundtrack that consists of other already existing songs. Danny Elfman’s score that he provided turned out great and even fits the tone of the movie. I can also say the same for the songs. The second positive is that the camera work is very solid and very well-done. I’m giving major props to the cinematographers and camera crew for the excellent work they did.

Before I now begin to talk about the negatives in Fifty Shades of Grey: The Movie, I do want to mention one thing that I found very polarizing to me. What that is, is the casting and acting. I will give credit to the movie that the cast is pretty solid for what it is, but most the performances (while not horrible) are definitely sub-par, but I’ll say that the cast did try the best they could with the script for this movie, and also the way the movie was directed.

It’s now time to talk about the negatives. The first is the very weak script this film has. The reason why the script is weak is because it causes the movie to move at a very slow and boring pace, the romance between Anastasia and Christian lacks good chemistry, there are a lot of unexplained random moments, and the ending is very abrupt.

Since I just mentioned the romance, please allow to elaborate as to why it is very lacking and not good. The reason’s are as I mentioned earlier is primarily the chemistry between Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, and how their relationship is presented. Their chemistry consists of just them being attracted to one another because of their looks. That is not how romance works (especially for a movie that is in the romance genre). Romance is about two people falling in love with each other because of their personalities, interests, etc. Fifty Shades of Grey: The Movie fails at being a romance film since it doesn’t know how it works.

The relationship that Christian and Anastasia have is that Christian is controlling Anastasia to the point that if she does something to his displeasure, he will “punish” her by performing many BDSM acts to her (and since he is controlling her, she accepts it). This is not the kind of relationship you show in a movie. For Christian to be controlling Anastasia to the point where he “punishes” her with BDSM just ends up causing this movie to have a bad message to it. I also found it to be uncomfortable to watch.

Another negative this film has is that some of the dialogue the characters say is unintentionally hilarious, and makes this movie feel less like a erotic romance drama. This is due to the bad script Fifty Shades of Grey: The Movie’s was made with. Fifty Shades of Grey: The Movie also fails at being an erotic film, as there isn’t even a lot of erotic content as you would expect from a story like this all because the bad pacing makes the audience wait a very long time of any of it to be shown to them. And even when the erotic scenes happen, they are boring and uncomfortable to watch.

In conclusion, Fifty Shades of Grey: The Movie is not one of the worst movies I’ve ever watched, but it’s easily one of the my least favorite films of all time. I must also warn that because it has BDSM in it, it is certainly not to be watched by anyone who isn’t age-of-consent.

I totally almost forgot to talk about the unexplained random moments I mention earlier in this review. What I’m specifically talking about are the scenes in which Christian Grey flies a helicopter, and a jet plane. There is not an explanation (and reason) as to why he knows how to do that, and it really hurts the story because of it.

I give Fifty Shades of Grey: The Movie 2/5 Stars.


Suicide Squad Movie Review by Eugene Alejandro

Suicide Squad is a 2016 movie adaptation of the comic book series from DC of the same name about an anti-hero group that is forced to participate in missions or else they will be killed. The movie adaptation of the comics is directed and written by David Ayer, and stars Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jared Leo as The Joker, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Jay Hernandez as El Diablo, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, and Karen Fukuhara as Katana.

While Suicide Squad is nowhere near as good as James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy (another movie about a team of characters with each of their own unique abilities and powers that has comedy in it), or as entertainingly funny in a good way as Tim Miller’s Deadpool, David Ayer’s Suicide Squad manages to be an entertaining movie in its own way without trying to act like another movie in the hopes of becoming successful.

The comedy in Suicide Squad works surprisingly well despite the story being about people forced to take orders or else they’ll be killed because David Ayer’s script did a solid enough job working in humor in order to help make the film fun for people to watch. There are some jokes that didn’t impress me, but there was enough good comedy that I didn’t mind the weak jokes.

The entire cast does a great job portraying each character thanks to David Ayer’s directing. Not only that, but in my opinion, each actor was well-casted as they do very much feel like how the characters in the comics would behave.

The special effects in the Suicide Squad film (both practical and computer) are fantastic and look very real. In my opinion though, I belief they would’ve been ever better to see in 3D, but the way I saw the film, I was at least satisfied with how the effects looked so I can’t really complain.

The soundtrack contains original music as well as already existing songs, and for what the soundtrack has to offer, it’s great to listen to. I really liked that the movie included Queen’s Bohemiam Rhapsody in it (that song is in one of the trailers so it’s not really a spoiler for anyone who’s reading this review).

My only nitpick with David Ayer’s Suicide Squad is that the story while not terrible, dull, and/or weak, doesn’t add anything too new to movies based on comics. I’m aware that I am reviewing a movie based on DC’s Suicide Squad comics, and that I shouldn’t be expecting a grand epic story, but I still felt that the plot for the Suicide Squad movie was just too simple.

In conclusion, Suicide Squad is a fun enough movie that I can recommend watching this year as it has it’s moments of good humor, and also a lot of cool action scenes. It’s also nice to finally see the characters in a live action motion picture.

I give the Suicide Squad movie 2 Thumbs Up, and 4/5 Stars.