50 Shades of Dull

Virginity, maidenhood, purity — whatever you label “innocence” — are non-factors in the movie version of the bestselling novel 50 Shades of Grey. Its story of American telecommunications billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), initiating young college literature major Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) into his netherworld of privileged sadomasochistic sex, dismisses old-fashioned ideas of corruption, despoliation, or even adulthood. Dirty-minded yet banal, this film of the pseudonymous E. L. James potboiler adapts bodice-ripper fantasy to commonplace decadence.