Sunday, February 15, 2015

Movie Review - Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey

Was it EXACTLY like the book....No.
Was it still good anyway...Yes.
My rating...4.5 stars!

First let me start by saying I was invited by Author Tali Alexander to a private viewing of Fifty Shades on Valentine's Day. It was definitely the best movie watching experience I've ever had! The viewing was held at an AMC Dine-In Theater, which I've never been to before but let me tell you after having lounged in that soft leather reclining seat I am ruined for other movie theaters. You could seriously lay down in those chairs! (No it doesn't take much to impress me). For those of you who have never been to a dine-in theater, they bring you everything...snacks, drinks (alcoholic & non), meals, etc. I was absolutely blown away. So why go on and on about the theater? Because it's what made this whole Fifty Shades experience so amazing. Tali was a fabulous host too, we all got signed copies of her book Love In Rewind to take home!

Okay so about the movie...I think Dakota Johnson really nailed the role of Anastasia Steele, Jamie Dornan on the other hand didn't really bring Christian Grey to life for me. Yes he was definitely sexy as sin, but he was a bit robotic at times, not really showing much emotion or depth to his character. In a way it reminded me of Twilight...stay with me here...remember how the first Twilight movie was a bit off?? The vampires faces were super pale making their hair look absolutely ridiculous and the acting and effects were just eh. But remember how you loved it anyway because it brought the book to life and you absolutely LOVED the book?? Same thing here...well different obviously because we're talking Fifty Shades not YA Twilight films. I feel like the next movies are going to be insanely awesome now that the ground work has been laid. And much like that first Twilight movie you'll love the first Fifty Shades movies because it was the first. 

When the movie first started it was kind of awkward. The acting was off and seemed forced. It wasn't until Anastasia and Christian started interacting more that we really got a feel for their chemistry and they seemed to be more natural with each other. Quite a bit was left out and there were some significant changes made for the sake of having it make more sense (for those who haven't read the book I'm guessing). I understand that we're trying to fit a 500+ page book into a 2 hour movie so of course bits and pieces need to be left out or rushed along. This will probably anger most people but honestly I felt that despite what was missing or changed, it still worked well together and got the overall point of the story across. So I'm a happy camper. I was just on cloud 9 watching one of my favorite books being brought to life on the big screen.

I'm sure everybody is wondering about how they handled the sex scenes. Of course if they followed the book exactly Fifty Shades would be a triple X rated movie available only on they still call it that? or is it On Demand? Either way it definitely wouldn't be in theaters. We do NOT get any full frontals of Christian...disappointing I know, although there was a very slight hint of peen...but we do see plenty of Anastasia. While the sex scenes were definitely HOT they were also shorter than I expected, not bad by any means though. We get the point of what's going on and it definitely does show quite a bit. The Red Room was interesting and seeing some of the props and devices put to use was pretty sexy. Did it advocate domestic violence...NO...but that's not a debate I'm not going to get into right now.

The ending was a bit abrupt. If you've read the book you all know how it ends and you know that while devastating, it was much smoother and left you with a sense of closure, even though it was kind of a cliffy. When the movie ended my sister and I just looked at each other like, "That's it?." Yes my friends, that was most definitely it. So, all in all I LOVED the movie. I wish they had incorporated more of the music from the soundtrack, but I can easily remedy that by downloading it, which I will. This seems to be a movie that most people either love or hate, but you'll never know until you see it for yourself. I stand with the majority who thought it was amazing and can't wait for the next 2 films.

Me & Author Tali Alexander!

Both only $2.99 each!

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