Marlborough Mid-Week : February 18th 2015
ENTERTAINMENT/NEWS MARLBOROUGH MIDWEEK, FEBRUARY 18, 2015 Love tale with whip fails to impress NOW SHOWING BY MATT LAWREY Fifty Shades of Grey (R18) ★★1 ⁄2 O (out of five) nce upon a time there was nothing like the classification R18 to get the blood pumping. When my mates and I were in what was once called the fourth form, we dreamed of being able to see R18s. As far as we were concerned, the fact a film had been slapped with the strictest legal restriction in the land practically guaranteed it would be awesome. Some of my more twisted friends longed to see the horror movies that came with the classification. For most of us, though, the great attraction was the promise of nudity and sex. It’s been a while since Holly- wood produced a film as loaded with expectations of nudity and sex as Fifty Shades of Grey and I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t curious to see just how racy it got. Based on the book by EL James, Fifty Shades of Grey stars Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith’s daughter Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, an English literature major who, filling in for her sick roommate, interviews a young billionaire by the name of Christian Grey, played by Irish actor Jamie Dornan. The two of them share an instant chemistry and, before you know it, Christian is turning up at the hardware store where Anastasia works and chatting her up. Christian pulls out all the stops to impress Anastasia and just when she thinks things are about to get truly Mills & Boon, he tells her that he doesn’t do romance and that his tastes are ‘‘very singular’’. In other words, he really likes tying women up and whipping them. Fifty Shades of Grey has one very choice thing going for it and The look: Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey. that’s the atmospheric new version of Beyonce’s 2009 song Crazy In Love. It is fabulous. Apart from that it’s not a very good film. The screenplay is frequently lame, there is little in the way of character development and critically Dornan fails to make Christian an interesting character. As played by Dornan, Christian is a dick. He lacks charm, charisma and humour. Apart from his impressive torso and luxuriant head of hair, there is little about the guy that is appealing, which makes it hard to buy the idea that Anastasia could find him so irresistible. This major problem is magnified by the fact that when Anastasia isn’t furiously biting her bottom lip, she is actually a pretty likable character. The direction by Sam TaylorJohnson is competent but generic and at times the film feels repetitive. Worst of all, it’s about as arousing as a trip to the hardware store. Then there is the question of how cool it is to make a movie about a rich and supposedly intimidating guy manipulating and sexually exploiting a young and naive woman. It’s not a question I’d lose any sleep over for the simple reason that Fifty Shades of Grey is so silly, the only people likely to be misled by it are probably doomed anyway. Bottom line – Disappointingly dull. School hits beach Grant for gardening Good start: Linkwater School friends, from left, Scarlett Venrooy, Larissa Thornhill and Rylee Parkes wait their turn to get towed by the sea ‘‘shark’’ at the school’s annual picnic at Double Bay last week. Many brought their boats, kayaks and boards which were shared around throughout the day. The school also got the year off to a good start when a parcel of 25 books arrived from Book World, which had been sent by an anonymous donor. Photo: SUPPLIED Nice boost: Seddon School received $2000 from Farmlands and RuralWomenNewZealand as part of a gardening grant given to 11 rural schools. Pictured from left are Farmlands regional manager George Millar, pupils Thomas Richmond, 4, Gabby Forsyth, 12, Farmlands business manager Susan Pope, Joan van Asch of Awatere RuralWomenand RuralWomenNewZealand councillor Melva Robb. The school will use the money to upgrade its watering system and extend the garden programme. 13 Photo: SUPPLIED Fly the flag for your team for only $2.50! Pick up your official ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Flag (normally $5.99) when you buy the Marlborough Express, Sunday Star-Times or Sunday News from BP Connect. Participating stores only while stocks last. Promotion runs from 26 January – 22 February 2015. Flag RRP $5.99 without purchase of newspaper.
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