With that being said.
It's no surprise that many, many, many new readers have stumbled across the phenomenal "Fifty Shades" and by phenomenal, I mean in the amount of books author E. L. James has sold. I actually read the story years ago when it was a fan fiction story, titled Masters of the Universe and to be frank, it was alright. In the beginning of the story, there was always an element of intrigue as the two characters struggle to be with each other while coping with their own issues and moral inhibitions. But, let's not lie and say the story is not erotic! It definitely has its moments and if men cannot understand why women are so in awe of this book, I can only explain from my own point of view, that women need mental stimulation. It's why the romance novel industry is steady, generating well over a billion in its genre, annually. Now, speaking of erotic, I have read far, far more explicit tales than that of Fifty from authors like Anne Rice's Sleeping Beauty Trilogy to Pauline Réage's Story of O. Erotica and its allure is no stranger to me as a reader.
But what about film? With Fifty Shades of Grey being translated to the big screen, everyone is on edge about who will be cast as Christian and Anastasia. In any case, I can see that readers of such entertainment are willing to see it at the movie theater which kills my theory that women need mental stimulation. It's apparent we are right there with the men, whether we admit it or not.Visual or mental.
Now all this talk of Fifty and erotica leads me to next revelation. Michael Fassbender. I had stumbled across many really good reviews regarding the 2011 film, "Shame", including Roger Ebert's review in which he gave it four stars, his highest rating.
When the dvd finally came, I quickly got schooled with director Steve McQueen; not to be confused with Steve McQueen, the badass actor of 60's and 70's; or Alexander McQueen, the fashion designer. No, this is a different Steve McQueen and an entirely different viewing experience.
Welcome to the world of "Shame".
The film is set in New York and revolves around a young and handsome thirty-something advertising executive, played by Michael Fassbender, that harbors a dark secret. He is a sex addict, and by sex addict, I mean he is debilitated to the point that he is forced to often relieve himself whenever the urge becomes too great.
The opening scene...
is graphic and has frontal nudity right out the gate. However, there is something ominous and haunting in many of these sexual scenes. Raw and unfiltered, it is some of the best acting that I have ever seen on screen. You are able to sense the pain that often results from Fassbender's character inability to feel satisfied with his afliction. His encounters only temporarily relieve the suffering the disease brings but regardless, it is a situation that does not allow for him to truly have a normal relationship with any woman, nor his own co-workers, for that matter. He is consumed by his desires and it begins to take its toll on him.
I might add that the film is NC-17, which to those who are not aware of it, replaced the infamous dirty-birdy, X rating. (You might want to close all the windows when watching this at home. Just saying.)
But if the premise of watching a sex addict seems trivial but enticing, I believe what makes the film truly worthy is the acting by Carey Mulligan in contrast to Fassbender. Mulligan plays his sister who shows up out of nowhere after a failed relationship. She too, has her issues and is a wanderer; a gypsy of sorts while her relationship with her brother, complicated. So much so, during many of their altercations, there is a demented sense of vulgarity. You begin to understand something tragic has happened in their early childhood, but what, you never learn. To see the two of them together becomes unbearable at times, but it is her recognition of his disturbing behavior,that finely takes root with him. It is when he finally feels "shame" for his actions.
It seems that the two siblings are, to quote Mr. Grey, "fifty shades of fucked up". Oh, yeah. It does exist. And this movie exudes the pinnacle of that terminology. Fifty ain't got nothing on Fassbender in this film.
So, if you are in need of a Fifty fix, I highly recommend watching the film, "Shame", but not because it's an erotic film, but because it is one of the best films that I have seen in a long time that seems to radiate the same belief that the soul can be corrupted when it is young, and is translated through the inability to properly love. Yes, there is the sex, but the sex is without self respect. And it takes a strong individual to help break that. "Shame" captures this disease and Fassbender is truly an amazing actor.
Now onto shameless blessed genetics. Hey! How about Fassbender play Christian Grey?