Despite the controversies surrounding Fifty Shades, there’s a real discussion to be had here…
|Umm, what do you want me to do?|
As many focus on the issues of rape and domestic abuse, Fifty Shades instead can be viewed as a spotlight on the issue as it provides an intriguing and analytical perspective of human relationships. Relationships are a confusing and intangible thing to define, and situations expressed in this flick exist in everyday society. Yes, you may turn a blind-eye on the issue by labelling this as condoning or either taking it in stride as something to think about on people in such relationships.
Hearing of real-life individuals who have suffered in controlling and abusive relationships is exactly what made me find this flick a insightful look into love and psychology. Victims find it hard to make sense of their feelings and try to make sense of helping and loving a damaged soul, which in turn affects your very own wellbeing.
Perk of Being a Wallflower (2012) comes to mind in this situation as it touched on the issue in a different manner but in turn dealt with the same repercussions of being abused and accepting love. It is neither a feministic or un-feministic flick (as it explores both sexes as victims of sexual abuse). Anastasia although tries to figure out the strange suit-and-tie man whom she begins having feelings for and attempts to fix him.
|Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) and Mr. Grey (Jamie Dornan) try to make sense of their relationship.|
But while it does feel slow and repetitive at times, the climax is quite shocking and leaves viewers wanting more. No I do not mean that as a sexually deprived thirst, but as to where things will go next.
With the series having two other books and an already confirmed deal to make sequels, we will see what lies ahead for this strange love. It also remains to be seen what grounds and stand-point the series is going for – in that if it chooses to explore the sufferings of the relationship or add fuel to the fire to its already growing letters of backlash (such as romanticising and glossing over it as something pleasurable and desirable).