Sunday 21 January 2018

Working It Out - Redeeming features among Fifty Shades

Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades of Grey

John Masterson

I didn't read the book. I was dragged to the film. And this is an attempt to salvage something from those two wasted hours of my life.

Any good film will make the viewer think. It will affect them in some way. It will, at worst, give them something to talk about. I recently saw Selma and it was an inspiring refresher course in institutionalised racism. And a reminder that the last lynchings happened in the lifetime of people still in their 50s. I saw The Theory of Everything which left me thinking of human endeavour. It was good to be reminded at the Baftas that Stephen Hawking is not only still with us, but with his sense of humour intact.

So did my enforced "Fifty Shades......" outing leave me with anything worth thinking about beyond that a bit of titillation is very good for profits, that the media are like sheep giving the rubbish free publicity, and that I am now 'baa-ing' along with the flock? When pressed by a woman who had the common sense not to waste her money on either book or film as to whether there were any redeeming features, here are the two I came up with.

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