'50 Shades of Grey': They may be cutting sex scenes, GASP!
You know how every time a book gets turned into a movie, everyone and their grandmother always says how much better the book was than the movie? I mean it stands to reason that lovers of the written word will always feel that something is lost in translation when turning those words into a piece in the oh so visual realm of film. So, I'm wondering if this is going to be the case with the Fifty Shades movie. Will fans of the trilogy by E.L. James go on and on about how much better the book version is? I hope not because although I understand why the books have over 90 million fans, they are not what I would call great literature and that's fine, there is obviously a huge audience, but I really truly hope the movie is not worse than the book that inspired it. However, this could be the case since the rumor mill has it that the Fifty Shades movie is cutting sex scenes? What! If they cut sex scenes, what's left?
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Producer Michael De Luca said recently at the Sundance Film Festival, "Obviously the film can't be as explicit as the book. A picture is worth a 1000 words. So to be erotic onscreen means I think an image is going to have way more power than reading the words on a page." Okay, I get it, but then what exactly are we going to be getting from the film?
"Not to sound corny, but it is, at its heart, a young love story," De Luca went on. "I think those things always work. No matter what you think about the book, those things are in that story and they are very cinematic." Okay totally true, but let's be totally honest here, all those people didn't read the books for the love story. Nope, the big draw is the sex story.
I hope that the movie manages to walk the fine line between not being straight up pornography, but still giving the people what they expect in terms of kink and sex. We shall see, I'm sure.
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