Reviewed : Fifty Shades of Black
An inexperienced college student (Kali Hawk) meets a wealthy businessman (Marlon Wayans) whose sexual practices put a strain on their relationship.
Let’s start by saying, this movie is not meant for people who are not fans of the wayans brothers, if you hate their guts, you will miss this as well.
Being a big Wayans brothers fan ever since the release of their 1996 movie, “Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood”. Before that I really didn’t understand any of their work. It was too artsy, too intellectual. It was on “Don’t Be a Menace…” where Marlon Wayans’ presence became more apparent.
“Fifty Shades of Black” an epic meditation on intangibility, at the same time it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding movies. Look to the brilliant ensemble playing of Wayans, Hawk and Zigrino. You can practically feel every nuance of every human emotion. In terms of comical craftsmanship and sheer beauty of Hawk’s boobs, this move hits a new peak of professionalism.
The whole movie has a clear, crisp look and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that gives the script a big boost. He’s been compared to Chris Rock, but I think Marlon has a more bitter, cynical sense of humor. Take the “Wesley Snipes tax” gag. In this segment, Marlon Wayans addresses the problem of abusive political authority.
I think that this movie is Wayans’ undisputed masterpiece. The script is so witty, that most people probably don’t think about deep underlying themes, but they should, because it’s not just about the pleasures of conformity and the importance of trends. It’s also a personal statement about the author himself.
Most importantly, Hannah’s fiery monologue at the end of the movie encourages us to oppose racial discrimination and promote civil rights, while also promoting equal rights for women. Also, the masterfully crafted politically correct script reminds us that we have to promote general social concern and less materialism in young people.
- Marlon Wayans as Christian Black
- Kali Hawk as Hannah Steele
- Jane Seymour as Claire, Christian’s mother
- Fred Willard as Gary, Christian’s father
- Mike Epps as Ron
- David Arvesen as BC
- King Bach as Jesse
- Mircea Monroe as Becky
- Affion Crockett as Eli Black
- Kate Miner as Ashley
- Florence Henderson as Mrs. Robinson
- Dave Sheridan as The Great Mysterio
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