"Earned It" - Music and Lyric by The Weeknd, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio
50 Shades of Grey, more than any other film this year, exemplifies my motto for this blog, "I see all the movies so you don't have to see the bad ones." I'd love to find even one good thing to say about this film - the acting was incredibly wooden, the premise was fundamentally misogynistic, and the screenplay was so boring. If you haven't heard of the film, whose book was categorized as "mommy porn," a young virginal college student meets a rich and powerful man who will lavish her with gifts and lifestyle in exchange for engaging in a non-committal relationship centered around mild S&M. I could talk for hours about the absurdity of this film, but that would give it far more attention and detail than it deserves. You get the picture.
The nominated song starts well - with a strong tango-like beat and a beautiful opening. I thought the song fizzled once it hit the chorus as it faded into a pop song with interesting strings in the background. The lyrics are unimpressive, and I don't see this song as strong enough to win an Oscar.
It is rare when I can't find a single thing I like about a film, so in that regard, 50 Shades of Grey has achieved one notable accomplishment - even the likes of the ever-wonderful Marcia Gay Harden couldn't save a single scene.