At first, you get so excited, because you get a chance to see that book be brought to life through live-action on the big screen!
With excitement also comes apprehension. Now is the point where you begin to worry, and start to question everything.
Will the movie live up to the book?
Well, will it?
Now, you’re hit with the dreaded “what ifs”:
What if the casting isn’t how I pictured it in my head?
What if my favorite scenes get cut out of the movie?
What if they take too many liberties with the plot?
This then leads to you stalking IMDb updates 24/7, in hopes of being reassured that the movie studios get it right…But if we’re being perfectly honest with ourselves, this normally only leads us down the path to shattered hopes and dreams. *SIGH*
We’ve all been there.
Book-to-movie adaptations can either be amazing (here’s lookin’ at you, Lord of the Rings), or can be absolute abominations (*glares at the Mortal Instruments: City of Bones*). Well fear not, I’m here to help you get through it, and to point you in the right direction. Why? Cause I’m your friend, and friends don’t let friends lose brain cells while watching terrible movies.
It’s time to ease your mind as I attempt to take the guesswork out of the age-old question:
Theater, or Redbox?
Bleary-eyed, yet bushy-tailed, me and some of my girls arrived at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City, ready to indulge in a morning filled with all things Fifty.
We arrived at the “Black Carpet” to be greeted by a line of dapperly dressed men (in GRAY suits) with trays filled with delicious beverages, and decadent snacks (including chocolate-covered strawberries).
Prior to going into the theater, we were each given our tickets, a contract, and our very own key to the Red Room!
BEST. SWAG. EVER.
The theater was packed with about a thousand women (and a handful of men):Shortly before the event began, the crew from the Today Show came in to greet us, and give us a run-down of how things would go. Did I mention that CARSON DALY was there too? *TRL FLASHBACKS*
Then, enter the cast. More importantly, Jamie Dornan. Cue the madness, and blown eardrums.
After the cast, director and EL James were interviewed for about 10 minutes, we were able to watch the film in it’s entirety.
And yes. The fangirls were there in full force: sighing, swooning, and squeeing happened throughout the 2-hour-long movie.
But it was a BLAST.
And, we were able to see ourselves on TV! In the video below, at the 0:04 mark, you can see me and Kayla from My Book Muse on screen. If you keep watching the spot where I’m sitting, you’ll see the lady that is standing up next to me fall down from her excitement. (Don’t worry, she was fine after the fall. Still funny tho…haha)
Oh, and as we were heading out of the theater after the event, we were given posters that were…um…pretty hot:
(Photo credit: Kayla from My Book Muse)
Now, let’s get to what you came here for: THE MOVIE REVIEW!
I should start off by saying that when I heard we were going to be screening this film, I wasn’t that excited. Basically, I thought that this was going to be a movie filled with gratuitous nudity, and graphic content that let’s face it, is AWKWARD to watch while sitting in a public space, next to strangers.
However, this movie completely surprised me.
Sure, there were nudie moments, but this film was actually heavy with dialogue, and focused more on the development of Ana and Christian’s romantic relationship, as opposed to a non-stop sexfest.
Not what you were expecting?
Now, don’t get me wrong, there was PLENTY of the steamy that is promised in the trailers, and in the book.
But there was so much more.
More to like, more to love.
Let me break down a few of my fave (and not so fave) things about the movie:
Want to know how to get a room full of women to lose their marbles?
Get Jamie Dornan to take off his shirt. WHICH HE DOES A LOT.
I don’t hate it.
But seriously though. At first, I was like “I don’t like Jamie Dornan with an American accent.” But then, he’d have these…scenes…
And then I’m like: “I could watch that on mute, and it would be just as hot.”
Let’s just say, I picked the wrong day to wear a sweater to a theater. *fans self*
Oh, and by the way, I’m glad that I waited until AFTER seeing this movie to watch Jamie Dornan in The Fall TV show– cause I think I love him more as a serial killer, but I’m glad that I was able to differentiate the two…
Serial Killer Paul Spector:
Not so dangerous Christian Grey:
Oh wait…they both look a little creepy…LOL
Either way, I think he was still a good Christian Grey– oh, and you get to see his booty, too. So keep your eyes peeled for that!
Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele
This was the biggest surprise for me. Aside from the eye-candy provided by Jamie Dornan, Dakota’s performance practically carried the film. I love the way that Dakota was able to portray Ana as an endearing, yet strong-willed and respectable character. You’d think from the trailer she comes off a little awkward, or stiff, but she was great to watch on screen.
This movie was REALLY funny! I know what you’re thinking, “This isn’t a romantic comedy!”– and you’re right, it’s not. But I LOVED the screenwriting for this film. They broke up the sexual tension, and sensuality of the subject matter by throwing in some witty one-liners, and some unexpected laugh-out-loud moments. My favorite funny moment: when Ana drunk dials Christian from the bar.
My Favorite Scenes:
The Contract Negotiation Scene: OMG, this was THE BEST. It’s different from the book, but it was FANTASTIC.
Ana’s “BYE, FELICIA” moment at the end of the film: Oh man, it was perfect. A fabulous cliffy ending, just like the book.
Christian’s…performance in the Red Room: It’s as hot as you’d want it to be. Dare I say, HOTTER? Lest I remind you:
I totes got pregnant during the Red Room montage. *fans self thinking about it*
Secondary Character Casting
Usually this is my biggest issue with book-to-movie adaptations. The following characters/actors did NOTHING for me:
Elliot Grey, Kate Cavanaugh, and Mia Grey.
Granted, they weren’t on screen much, but still. Elliot kinda annoyed me, even though I loved his character in the book.
Even though I think as a whole, the movie’s pacing was ok, I felt like there were some pivotal scenes that were rushed through, and some that could’ve been sped up. It was almost a little choppy at some parts. I did like that not every sex scene had to be seen (lots of fade-to-black), but that some of the more tender moments cut rushed through.
Lots of humor, and VERY close to the book. It was a wonderfully entertaining adaptation of the story that so many have come to love.
I can’t wait for Fifty Shades Darker! (Filming in June 2015, and Out next year!!)
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