So, I went to see the new Fifty Shades movie.
I'd read all the books during the great soft porn hype of 2013. They were okay - I'd definitely read better...the author really wasn't a very good writer...but I enjoyed the story line. I mean - come on - what girl doesn't secretly dream of a super rich, good looking guy swooping in to take her away from her life of drudgery? So I read, I enjoyed, I discussed, and then I kinda forgot. I probably read another 50 books between the time I finished the FSG trilogy and the movie premiere last night.
I think that helped. A lot.
'Cause even though the books weren't well written I definitely had an idea in my head about Ana and Christian. And I think the movie producers did an awesome job casting Ana. The actress (I don't know her name but she IS the offspring of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson) did a great job being Ana. And her clothes? Score! I loved EVERY OUTFIT she wore. Honestly, I spent the better part of the movie trying to figure out if I could pull off any of those seriously fab dresses.
Christian? Well, I was a bit disappointed. My Christian was definitely taller and better looking with more poise and control. This actor (also do not know his name OR his parents) did an alright job. He had a weird lip thing that made him look boyish when he smiled and for some reason that just did not jive with me. MY Christian was anything but boyish. Just sayin'.
Now - to the good stuff - the sexy scenes. They were okay. I'd definitely seen worse/more graphic on True Blood or Game of Thrones - lol - but they did the job. I did find the final "punishment" scene a bit disturbing but mostly because that whole "hurts so good" thing is just a bit outside my wheelhouse - ya know what I mean?
It's funny really. For a movie that got so much attention and hype - the theater was pretty darn empty. Earlier in the day one of my favorite bloggers (Momastery) was asked about Fifty Shades - her opinion, whether she would go or not, and her response was "she didn't have time" for such things in her marriage and life. This caused quite an active discussion. Some people disagreed and thought it was a mindless distraction (myself included) while others actively agreed and felt it was disrespectful to women, to marriage, to life on earth.
However, my favorite comment of all was "Would you take Jesus with you to this movie and share popcorn and giggle about sex with him?"
Well, I'm sure Jesus is way too busy to take time to see this silly little movie but if he was there I would FOR SURE share my popcorn with him. We'd talk and chat about life, books, movie adaptations and question the lack of wisdom that keeps alcoholic beverages (particularly wine) out of movie theaters. 'Cause even though we snuck in some buddies (shhh...don't tell) this movie would have been 100 times better with a big glass of wine and a side room to giggle incessantly with my girls.
Overall, I would give the movie a 7. I thought it was definitely 30 minutes too long (by the end I was checking my phone quite frequently) and there were some weird inconsistencies. At one point Christian and Ana are texting and he mentions going out to dinner with a friend. Ana immediately replies "Mrs. Robinson?" and then proceeds to cry for the next 10 minutes. I knew what she was talking about - but if you hadn't read the book the reference really made no sense in the movie context.
So, yeah - not the best movie of all time. But...we had a great time. There was laughing, chatting, silly giggles and lots of girlfriend time which - in itself - is SO worth the $8.50 I spent on a ticket.
We'll definitely be back for Fifty Shades 2...with extra buddies in tow. :-)