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.

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The Ancient Magus Bride Volume 1 Review by Eugene Alejandro

The general story of The Ancient Magus Bride is about a girl named Chise Hatori who is sold as a slave, and purchased by a mage named Elias Ainsworth to become his apprentice and bride. Now that her live has changed, she and Elias began going on many adventures in which they go to many different places, discover new creatures, and meet new people. There is more than what I said about the story for this volume, but I don’t want to say what it is because I want you to read this without knowing way too much. I’ll say though that the ending of The Ancient Magus Bride Volume 1 does have a ending that does a good job at wanting the readers to read Volume 2.

The Ancient Magus Bride Volume 1 is a phenomenal start to an amazing ongoing fantasy romance manga, and it also works perfectly as a Beauty and The Beast type story (with Chise Hatori being the Beauty, and Elias Ainsworth being the Beast since he has an inhuman appearance).

Kore Yamazaki’s writing is excellent as each character is developed very well, the story moves at a decent pace and never feels rushed, and the humorous moments work.

Kore Yamazaki’s artwork is truly outstanding to look at as everything looks like lots of time and effort was put into it with brilliant detail to the pencils and inks.

The translation from Japanese to English by Adrienna Beck in this volume is done very well, and Lys Blakeslee’s lettering and layout looks very good and is very easy to see.

Overall, The Ancient Magus Bride is a manga in the fantasy and romance genres that is a brilliantly written and illustrated story that you won’t be disappointed by, and Volume 1 of it is a great example of how to begin an ongoing manga series.

I give The Ancient Magus Bride Volume 1 5/5 Stars, and 2 Thumbs Up.