Since ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ was such a hit, will ‘Fifty Shades of Black’ be just as successful? Well probably not, but here’s how Marlon Wayans’ new comedy is measuring up in the critics’ eyes.
How many parodies can the Wayans brothers do? This is the question it seems that everyone is asking themselves after seeing Fifty Shades of Black, the spoof on the E.L. James adaptation flick. But really, some parodies are laugh out loud funny. However, based on these reviews, it doesn’t sound that way — but look for yourself.
“Fifty Shades of Black” follows the basic outlines of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” isolating half a dozen or more of its most talked-about scenes for parody. But Wayans isn’t willing to modify his broad, manic, anything-for-a-laugh schtick to approximate the buttoned-down stiffness of Jamie Dornan’s Christian Grey. As Christian Black, the dapper entrepreneur of an ill-defined empire, Wayans starts the movie committing acts of serial thievery — an aspect of his character that’s immediately dropped — and goes on to account for the “six essential teeth” he lost smoking the crack he made his millions selling. Bondage fetish aside, his Christian is defined by whatever such random traits seem to pop into the filmmakers’ minds.
If one good thing comes from me watching this movie, it’s that hopefully I’ll be able to convince someone else not to. To be fair, I wasn’t expecting greatness. Marlon Wayans’ track record in this genre is spotty at best—though some of the early Scary Movies are solid, and Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood is sheer gold, the likes of Dance Flick and A Haunted House are better left unmentioned.
The Hollywood Reporter
These jokes may not sound funny as related here, but be assured that they’re no more amusing onscreen. The audience at an opening night theater screening emitted barely a chuckle, resulting in a lot of dead air when the film paused for laughs that weren’t there. As to be expected, there are plenty of pop culture references, with jokes about Wesley Snipes, Bill Cosby, Kevin Hart and Cuba Gooding, Jr. among many others (it was probably too late to insert one about #OscarsSoWhite).
Will you see Fifty Shades of Black this weekend?