Five years ago yesterday (Valentine's Day) at around one in the morning, Mr. Hunky and I decided that we wanted to be "exclusive" to each other and not pursue other relationships. We had just finished a comfortable evening at his parents house, hanging out, watching movies, and eating his specialty dinner - pasta with meat sauce - and I was getting ready to hit the road and go back to my house, when he took my hands, kissed me, and asked if we wanted to be exclusive to each other. It was about two weeks after we had met and we were both so smitten with each other. How could I not say no?
Fast forward five years, two kids and a marriage, we still choose to celebrate the day we became each others. So I don't love Valentine's Day because it's Valentine's Day, I love it because it's the day Mr. Hunky and I committed ourselves to each other. The funny thing is, we didn't even realize it was Valentine's Day at the time!
So being that it was our five year anniversary yesterday, we decided to go out and have a night to ourselves. My amazing friend Amanda offered to watch our babes, so Mr. Hunky and I hit the town early for some happy hour sushi and a movie. I have been anxiously anticipating the release of the new movie Fifty Shades of Grey since I was a lover of the books, and I'm a sucker for smut books in general, so I did a little batting of the eyelashes and eventually "won" that "battle". We headed for the 7pm showing at our local theater and I was stoked. I'm not even going to try to hide it!
Going into the movie my expectations weren't super high, I didn't love the look of the characters with how I envisioned them in my mind while reading the book, and to be completely honest the book wasn't that amazing. I mean I loved it while reading it the first time, but when I went back a second time to try and read it again I literally couldn't even make it through half of the first book. So like I said, I wasn't expecting much but I was excited to see how they would portray it to film. My thoughts. I'm still trying to sort through them to be honest. It was a love-hate movie for me. I loved it because it fit the book, they stuck pretty close to the story line, while cutting out some scenes of course, they did a great job of bring the book to life in the scenes that they did bring to film. The characters grew on me and by the end of them you really do fall in love with them as Ana and Christian, especially Ana- I felt that Dakota Johnson really did a great job of adapting to Ana's quiet/awkward/quirkiness. The movie itself was a little slow at times although I couldn't peel my eyes away from the screen. The sex scenes were pretty hot, they left little to the imagination but I was glad that they didn't over do it like in the book. When they unveiled the sex scenes that had the dominant/submissive acts in them, I found that they weren't as "bad" as I thought they were going to be. It's been a long time since I've read the books but in comparison they were relatively the same as Christian Grey "eased" her into his world. *SPOILER ALERT* The scene that I had the hardest time watching was toward the end, and if you've read the book you may remember the scene where Christian "punishes" Ana when she asks to see the absolute worst it can be. He takes her to his 'red room of pain' and spanks her hard, six times across her bottom. I found that scene extremely difficult to watch, because it really portrayed a level of domestic and sexual violence more than anything else in the movie. Being a woman, I found myself cringing and wanting to close my eyes during that scene and it really tugged at my heart strings for the women out there who may have had to deal violence as such. Shortly after the movie ended, leaving a large cliffhanger for the next movie.
Overall I'm really torn on how I felt about the movie. I'm not sure if I would watch it again or purchase it when it comes out on DVD. I will however go see the sequel to the movie when it comes out, mostly because whenever a book I've read is turned into a movie, I have to see it to see for myself how it compares.
Do I recommend it? To those who have read the book, yes. To those who haven't, probably not. And Mr. Hunky was bored to tears so it's more of a grab your girl friends and go see it movie than one to bring your husband or boyfriend to.
Have you seen the movie? What were your thoughts?
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