Film Review: “Fifty Shades of Black” (2016) ★★

Fifty shades of black

Parody is that great genre in cinema where the filmmaker gets a unique chance to not only imitate a particular film, but also make fun of it. It also helps the audience better understand the importance of an original film, and evaluate its, if I can say this way, its insignificance, such as “FIFTY SHADES OF GREY” which deservedly becomes a victim of this parody film, FIFTY SHADES OF BLACK. Despite Marlon Wayans’ attempt, his new film is more like an apple that does fall far from the tree. But remember, before you jump to conclusion, you must note that, do not expect anything extraordinary from Michael Tiddes’ film, because it was based on FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, a movie I wish never existed.

Film follows Hannah Steel, a college student who falls for a billionaire, Christian Black, who built his empire from selling drugs, stealing cars, and all other criminal activities. But her main problem is not how he earns his money, but his sexual practices that put a strain on their already difficult relationship. But before she agrees to accept his terms, Hannah needs to study the contract provided by Christian. Despite its quite unusual content, to Christian’s great surprise, Hannah manages to add a few more requirements that pleases his expectations.

As the plot unfolds, the film repeats the original context of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, turning it into a nightmare. Despite having some descent scenes, and some hysterical parts, it’s almost impossible to laugh at jokes presented by Marlon Wayans. The humiliation of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY continues throughout the film, and will reach its climax, when we all finally see how Hannah avenges Dakota Johnson thoroughly, punishing Christian Black for Dakota Johnson. Certainly, that scene was one of the most memorable, and will remind us what kind of films we all must avoid watching at any cost.

Some of you still may find Wayans’ film amusing to watch, and I can’t blame you. However, it would be great if the script would have been written in a more respectful way towards the viewer, to make him laugh at better composed jokes. Of course, Tiddes’ film is not one you expect something great out of, but at least to deliver a particular amount of humor is what you have a right to anticipate. Saying that, if you’re a huge fan of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, or Marlon Wayans, then this film is for you. But if you’re looking for something intelligent to watch, then you must prepare yourself to get disappointed. Because this movie won’t provide you a piece of wisdom… not at all.

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