Christian Grey could be a Luthor


If you are one of the brave souls who watched 50 Shades of Grey, I commend you for your open mindedness, since this movie is not for everyone. I come from a background that endeavors to be both open minded and fair, aware and constructive as any journalist should be. Although it was never in my interest to read or watch 50 Shades of Grey, I was aware in the early days of its publication that it was derived from a fanfiction of Twilight. When the opportunity came to view this movie, I sacrificed a night of Dungeons & Dragons so that I can understand why all the bad press was being given to it.

Tom Welling as Clark Luthor (Ultraman) in the alternate reality episode "Luthor" (S10, E10)

Tom Welling as Clark Luthor (Ultraman) in the alternate reality episode “Luthor” (“Smallville” S10, E10)

This movie is about a wealthy man who has an alternative lifestyle, while also having a relationship with a young college graduate. From what I heard long ago about this story, I had assumed that this girl was naive and had daddy issues, but the narrative that was portrayed in the movie expressed the tragedy of the Christian Grey character and the sentiment of an outsider trying to form a relationship with him.

After the movie, I had a short dialog with a colleague and I realized Christian Grey reminded me of the alternate reality where Clark Kent was raised by the Luthor Family. Christian Grey is adopted. What reinforced this idea, even momentarily, was the fact that Anastasia Steele, the female protagonist, met Christian Grey by interviewing him. Louis Lane, anyone? As a writer for Nerd Reactor, it’s hard not to draw comparisons to archetypes established in these nerd franchises. Even if one crowd can draw the natural inspiration of Christian Grey to Edward Cullen, seeing the control and savvy of Christian Grey is reminiscent of the persona of a Luthor.

Like some of my colleagues who went into 50 Shades of Grey ignorant of its story, we had a lot of prejudgments about it. However, it was acted well and the direction was good. Having watched Kingsman: The Secret Service the previous night, I equally enjoyed both movies for different context. There is a lot of flak that 50 Shades receives, primarily because many are under the impression that it excuses domestic violence against women. If you have any level of empathy and psychological knowledge, viewing the movie would show you that domestic violence being acceptable is not the framework being portrayed. Just like in the S&M (Slave and Master) scene, one which I’ve been educated in for over five years now, it is a balance and consent of power. What this movie does portray, is what happens when psychological issues and emotions start to interfere with what is suppose to be a safe and recreational activity for this alternate lifestyle.

Even with the understanding of naivety often associated with sexual virginity, Anastasia Steele is not facing Stockholm Syndrome in the movie, she is truly aware of what she desires from this relationship and often makes a stand for her position, as it visibly shows that she is having difficulty with the ramifications of the lifestyle and her awareness of the roots to which Christian Grey is engaging it. What is both confounding and amusing to me, is the opposition to this movie is derived from a misunderstanding and assumption of the story and its content. Aside from that, this movie— its still a better love story than Twilight.

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