I’ve just spotted that the trailer for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ encourages people to book their tickets early for ‘the most talked about film of the year’… Really?
Do they know that 2015 includes such releases as ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, sequel to the 3rd highest-grossing movie ever? Or another little sci-fi film called ‘Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens’ that might, possibly have people slightly interested? Either of those films are somewhat more likely to be discussed by people around dinner tables and in polite conversation, surely?
What I can say with a large degree of confidence is that they both will feature strong, independent, female characters, as Joss Whedon in particular is often praised for, and are infinitely more likely to pass the Bechdel test. Yet, both are based on characters created by men, and both are being directed by men, unlike ‘Fifty Shades’ directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, adapted from books by a woman, who based them on other books by a woman…