Denise: Despite living a few miles apart and speaking almost daily, Christine and I don’t see each other often because as many can relate to…. life is just busy. I am happy to report Christine and I took some Mommy time to attend a matinee screening of Fifty Shades of Grey.
Christine: I was already planning on going to see the movie on Tuesday the 17th but when Denise asked me to go, I figured why not! I love these books and how much fun to see TWICE and with my blog partner!
Denise: It truly was so much fun to attend this together, well fun for us, if you were near us; yes, we were those whispering people during the film.
Christine: I was surprised at how many couples and even people going alone went….I smiled at seeing husbands and boyfriends; wondering what was going on through their minds as they sat and watched the movie that started this crazy phenomenon for so many women! I will say that I definitely didn’t look around when the hot scenes were on the screen…I didn’t want to meet any eyes! lol o.O
Denise: The Fifty Shades Trilogy is one of those books that both Christine and I have both read. If you follow our blog, you know that this is a short list because we read such different things. I want to mention before I continue that we both read the Fifty Shades Trilogy years ago, and purposely did not reread the books as we did not want to continuously compare the movie to the book during the screening. (Though I think in my head I still did).
Christine: Oh I definitely did Denise! I should have re-read because I kept questioning scenes and the order of things happening..I wish that I could go back and refresh my memory. I will definitely do that for the next movie!
Denise: Dakota did a wonderful job as Ana. You truly could feel this naive young woman being pulled to Mr. Grey while still encompassing her hesitation as Christian opens her eyes to his world; the side never in the press; his Red Room and preferences in the bedroom.
Christine: I LOVED Dakota! When casting was first announced, I wasn’t sure how I felt about her being cast as Ana but watching the movie, I truly felt that she did such an AMAZING job! Her innocence was endearing and so spot on with the character that Ms. James created. I have to also say that her body is to DIE FOR!
Denise: Speaking of the bedroom, I thought the sex scenes were tastefully done. The first sex scene is filled with emotion and as they explore Christian’s “tastes”, the scenes get even hotter. The Red Room and Apartment were masterfully crafted and transported the reader into Mr. Grey’s world, fabulous job by the set design team. I did LOVE the hint of the ripping of the condoms!!
Christine: I so agree Denise! Their attraction and connection were palpable and the viewers could really see not only the sparks fly but how Ana was able to break through Christian’s defenses; the wall he has up.
Denise: Jamie nailed the end scene. You could feel the emotions and how torn Christian was.
Denise: The supporting cast in this film was so well casted. Taylor, (Max Martini) Christian’s driver was spot on, and I hope he returns because if you read the books you know he plays more of a role as the story continues. I love loved Dr. Grey, Christian’s mom played by Marcia Gay Harden. Eloise Mumford as Katie, Ana’s roommates and Luke Grimes as Elliot Gray, Christian’s brother were perfect, adding to the feel of the movie and playing right into the connection you feel they share in the book. I can’t wait to see who they cast as his maid and Mrs. Robinson!
Christine: I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the movie’s soundtrack…when I hear it on the radio, I am just captivated by it, imagining scenes from the book and to see it on the big screen really made everything come together. This is one soundtrack I can’t wait to get my hands on!
Denise: I agree, Christine! The movie’s soundtrack was outstanding; it truly fit the scenes and added to the feel of the movie.
Denise: Every now and then something comes along that opens up a dialogue, so love the book, hate the book, love the movie, hate the movie. It has opened a dialogue about sex. I think this is a wonderful thing to be speaking openly about – consent, having constructive conversations about pleasure. Ms. James’ creation of a broken man (who we get a glimpse of in this movie), a man readers fell in love with, a man many are enthralled with has lead to an empire – from the books, to music, to sex toys, to wine and more. This empire continues to grow fueled by powerful marketing tools and a remarkable use of social media. So hats off to Ms. James. We respect what you have created and are very much looking forward to continuing to watch this journey unfold on the big screen.
Christine: Denise and I are already planning to attend Fifty Shades Darker in 2016 and can’t wait!!
Denise: P.S. As a side note: many know I am the anti-cliffhanger reader – so yes, deep down I wished I had all three movies so I could watch a Fifty Shades marathon.
Christine: I would SO binge watch with you Denise but alas we have some time so we have to get on some re-reading so we are ready for the next movie!!
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