Fifty Shades of Gray comes to the cinema one last time. Domestic violence in the middle of the #MeToo debate, some criticize. Too many peace and joy pancakes, say others - and it's good that it's over, those affected.
The strongest criticism comes from those who should know - from sadomasochistic circles: The S&M community gives each other security, while Mr. Gray manipulates a still virgin with the help of alcohol. And he goes on when she says the "save" word, which equates to sexual coercion.
Not true, counter fans. After all, there is a page-long agreement that determines where the limits are. "If we want to develop relationships with the opposite sex, then we have to learn the ability to negotiate freely," says author E. L. James. In addition, Anastasia deliberately gets involved in the games, she also determines almost every development.
Erika Leonard, the Londoner E. L. bourgeois, originally put the love story between the billionaire and the literature student online as a fan fiction from "Twilight". Her simple idea: "What is it like to be with someone who loves sadomasochism but is not like that yourself? I just wanted to write something that I like myself." But the novel, which was later published by a tiny publisher in 2011, became the fastest-selling paperback of all time thanks to word of mouth.
Today the 54-year-old is as rich as her hero Gray, and has not changed much in her cozy middle-class life with a husband, two children and a dog. She has been married to screenwriter Niall Leonard for 30 years, and he was also allowed to write the script for "FSOG 3 -Freite Lust". The plot: Luxury SM chambers, Ana's jealousy of Christian's ex-playmates, a villain who kidnaps her, the wedding and offspring. Many find the page-long declarations of love before the happy ending "too conservative and tiring". But the mix of hard sex and "doctor novel" is what makes the trilogy so successful.
There will certainly not be a fourth film: Jamie Dornan made it publicly clear that he was "not available for any further part". And E. L. James joked that after six years of uninterrupted work, all she wants to do is fall into a black hole and sleep.
From 8.2. the finale of "Fifty Shades of Gray" with Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan is coming to theaters.