We hurried into the theater so we could take our seats. The previews had begun but the lights were still on. Mom saved me a seat on the end and we were seated near the bottom half of the theater. She moved her purse and I plopped my butt down on the chair and my ass was nearly touching the floor with my knees high up near my chest. The fricken chair was busted. I’m in HEELS, a tight dress, clutching my mini diamond district purse, and BURST OUT LAUGHING. I’m half yelling to my mom, “OH MY GOD! you guys gave me the BROKEN CHAIR! what the hell is wrong with this thing. I may as well as sit on the cement! “ We all burst out laughing in the already noisy theater. My mom insisted on changing seats with me. Finally, my son went to get popcorn (free with a coupon, of course!) so I took his seat next to my sister. I still could not stop laughing. None of us could.
That’s when my son noticed my dress. It was a criss cross top and being well endowed, my cleavage was being obscene and distracting. Even to ME! So, I had to macgyver my dress since I didn’t have a safety pin. I was using a gold coffee bag clip. It blended into the dress so unless you were really looking there, you probably wouldn’t see it. However, my son did. So, if you want to see that funny video he took, look for us on Vine. That whole scene was uploaded there. Thanks kid. Now..on to the movie.
I’m sure EL James knew that turning this book into a movie could be lethal. Every person who has read it has their interpretation and ideas of what the movie should “look like”. Christian Grey looks different to every person who reads the book. Well, I saw the movie last night and regardless of all the very bad reviews out there, I actually enjoyed the movie.
The people they chose to portray Ana and Christian were close enough for me. Dakota Johnson (daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, what?!) did such an amazing job of bringing Ana to life. After leaving the theater I wondered how her parents must have felt with all that nudity. Well, knowing who her parents are now, perhaps it wasn’t as hard to explain to Dad about her next gig? It’s a job. LOL
Back to the movie, I promise NO SPOILERS. First, obviously the book is MUCH better and deeper than the movie. It was a much softer version of the actual book but still conveyed the story very well. Once you get over the imagery of the main characters and put the one you had in your mind aside, the movie was very enjoyable. Reading the words on a page, you are left to create the sound of the dialogue up in your mind as you read a two dimensional story. I didn’t realize how funny the interactions between them was until I saw it being acted out.
For those who read the book, it was really hard to get through some of the scenes without remembering the thoughts running through Ana’s mind. I found myself searching for the words from the book. The electricity she felt through her entire body. Her quivering thighs from a simple kiss or touch of his fingertips. You can’t “show” that kind of stuff on film which is why I love the book so much. As a reader, you ARE Ana. You’re in her head. Not a spectator.
I thought Ana and Christian had great chemistry on screen and they were fantastic together. Dakota Johnson was amazing as Ana. The Ana that was in my head was gone within the first few minutes and she became her. Jamie Dornan as Christian was just so-so. I had a hard time getting over that one. It took me longer to let go of “my” version of Mr. Grey as the movie progressed but by the end, just like the book, I was so into the movie that I forgot what I pictured him to look like and he became Mr. Grey. Regardless, Mr. Grey was still smoking hot!
I will not spoil the film for my blog readers. I will say this, go see it. Open your mind and get rid of what you think the movie should be and allow yourself to be immersed in the version in front of you. Then go home and read the book(s) again. The devil is in the details. The one detail I thoroughly enjoyed was the way Christian wore his JEANS in the red room. ugh...Go back and read the book again! LOL You’re going to want to. Enjoy!
P.S. the soundtrack is AMAZING and I’ve already purchased it on itunes. haha!
The theaters will be full so I highly recommend you get your tickets online and get them early. This was promoted to be released on Valentines Day. As you can see, it "came" early.
After meeting someone who has participated in BDSM activities, it gave me a different outlook on the Fifty Shades excitement and made me realize something. When the movie first released, in fact, even when the book became a best seller, I found many reviews completely bashing EL James’ work.
After speaking to those who actually lived the life or participated in the real thing, I saw how they could detest the book and movie so much. This reminded me of how many of us out there do NOT participate in BDSM and will never have a full understanding of what it is or how its practiced other than what is put out in the main stream. For most of us, it will always be a “fantasy”. Which explains WHY her book was so hot. She may not have been the first author of erotica books. But hers hit the right nerve (or the right connection) and “exploded” on the scene.
All of the stifled women of the world and those who would NEVER think of being tied to a bed and tortured with sex acts could live vicariously through this book. In reality, BDSM is nothing like the way its portrayed in the book or movie. NOTHING. I, of course, am not speaking from experience. I am speaking on behalf of those who have shared their experiences with me. It enlightened me and I felt it should be shared. No matter what your woman tells you, there’s an inkling inside of her that wants to be tied up and submit all power to you. Just THAT alone, is erotic and sensual and requires complete and 100% of trust.
Why do I love Fifty Shades so much? For one, I don’t care about the premise of the story or if the depiction of BDSM is real or not. For me, it’s not reality, it’s a story. We watch movies to escape ourselves and let our minds stop “thinking” for 2 hours and just be absorbed in what our eyes are seeing. That’s what Fifty Shades is for me. I can read it and watch it and just take it all in. Even if it is just fiction.