“Every fairytale has a dark side” couldn’t be a more apt tagline for a movie that glorifies what is essentially, an abusive relationship.
And I’m not talking about the BDSM sexual play between consenting adults (which is apparently inaccurately portrayed as well.)
I’m talking about the controlling, manipulative, stalker behaviour exhibited from our leading man, Mr. Christian Grey.
In case it isn’t already apparent, I have mixed feelings about the Fifty Shades franchise. Do I have a little hitch in my breath watching Christian pin Ana against the shower wall? Sure do. But do I get excited watching him control and belittle her? Not so much.
But, this isn’t a post about deconstructing the movie/books and analyzing their every troubling detail; it’s about enjoying the superficialities of the latest Fifty Shades Darker trailer, which, as hard-pressed as I am to admit it, am capable of doing.
Yes, Christian is hot. Yes, he has money (I hear that matters to some people). Yes, he knows how to give a good spanking—isn’t that what every hot-blooded woman fantasizes about?
And this time they’ve mixed in some frightening thrills along with the sexual ones, which has long been an intoxicating blend in movies.
Fifty Shades Darker sees Anastasia Steele being stalked by Christian’s ex-girlfriend, harassed by her boss, possibly getting into a helicopter crash…all the while dating a deeply troubled man who stalks her himself. The woman is just a magnet for shit.
But while this is all well and good to mix it up, I hope that the movie delivers what I—and I’m fairly certain most women—want to see. And that’s sex. Lots of it. With a touch of “romance”, of course. But still, I hope there’s lots of steamy sexy times to be seen. No shame in that ladies! That’s about all I can get excited for in this movie.
Side note: Imagine how much better it would be if they would take that passion and put it into a healthy relationship?!
Judging by the new extended trailer, which features pop duo Zayne and Taylor Swift’s single, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” it’s not going to disappoint in the sex department.
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