Our Fifty Shades Movies experience
For us, the Fifty Shades series by E L James is a romance which features a hero who’s suffered so much he’s lost himself and shut down his heart. His heart’s silence a response to the fear of hurt, pain and further breakage. A man who has no idea that he’s merely existing. That is, until he meets Ana, a heroine who is perceived as a vulnerable fragile young woman when, in fact, it is she who displays real strength and conviction over the series. Whilst we fell in love with Ana, we have to admit it was Christian who ultimately stole our hearts. For us to feel this protective of a book character came as a surprise, but nonetheless that is exactly how we feel and always will about Christian Grey. We cried, laughed, swooned and gasped as we lived, breathed and experienced two beautiful characters’ journey of not only finding love but also finding their true selves as they each drew out what was fundamental to their very being. E L James wrote two incredibly special characters, each taking their own personal path in order to heal or grow. Two characters who, unbeknownst to themselves, needed the other. The vivid imagery created through the words of E L James created a series so passionate and unique it can never be forgotten. In fact, it can be re-read and each time it creates that same emotional reaction.
Every book lover approaches a movie based on a beloved book with quiet apprehension wondering if their favourite scene, a specific emotion, a quote or a moment will be brought to life reigniting the feeling or impression felt from the original written word. We all have those moments from this series that stays without ever leaving our hearts, passages we can recite and imaginations personal to us. It’s a tall order to achieve. However, the excitement over this much loved series coming to life on the big screen felt like a dream come true. We counted days and eagerly followed this new journey our much loved characters and much loved Author E L James were taking us on.
In February 2015, we watched Fifty Shades of Grey on premiere night and we fell in love with Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson when they brought Fifty Shades of Grey’s Christian & Ana to life. It was a dream come true for us and we hung on every word, every scene, and every action. Our hearts felt full. As readers our minds automatically filled in the blanks and from our love of the books we revelled in moments of pure enjoyable happiness as the film journey began. As one of the most epic love stories began.
This week we were once more honoured to be invited to the Premiere of Fifty Shades Darker. The build up to the premiere was again an amazing experience and journey to be part of, curtesy of #OfficialFifty whom we have to sincerely thank for everything over the last few years.
Fifty Shades Darker was an incredible experience. We watched it in ecstatic awe, marvelling at how close to the book it turned out to be, this movie in particular was one for the fans and we firmly believe that the readers who love this series will appreciate and love what the men and women behind this movie have achieved. It’s overwhelmingly faithful to the book and without question you feel the chemistry and connection as the actors have grown within their roles and clearly care for one another on and off set. Whilst the first movie was racy the second one was off the charts hot. Jamie Dornan is OUR Christian and we doubt there was a single woman in the cinema who didn’t gasp out loud in the spreader-bar scene. With the flick of a hand Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey left every woman in need of a fan and a cold shower. For us every pivotal scene was captured in a stunning, classy and seductive manner. The horrors of Christians past which carried consequences in his now was emotionally depicted. The beauty tamed her beast and made him realise and accept that he is loved and worthy of it. Oh our hearts. We cried, we laughed and we felt our pulses racing. It was sheer perfection and we applaud the cast and crew. Fifty Shades Darker has every moment we hold so dear from the book.
E L James started a reading revolution which caused people across the world to pick up books once more and connect with other readers; like us. Her love, care and respect for her characters resonated with us; her words shot straight from her heart into ours. Now we are absolutely thrilled to see it come to life and we are enjoying every second of the Fifty Shades movie experience.
They say you will never forget your first; well, for us, this has never been truer than in the case of Fifty Shades.
If you’re yet to see the move, be sure to stay through the credits and prepare for a heart stopping surprise that will leave you in a state of excited anticipation!
Enjoy and let’s excitedly count the days till Fifty Shades Freed!
Gitte & Jenny
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Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Eloise Mumford, Bella Heathcote, Max Martini, with Kim Basinger and Marcia Gay Harden
Directed by: James Foley
Screenplay by: Niall Leonard
Based on the Novel by: E L James
Produced by: Michael De Luca, E L James, Dana Brunetti, Marcus Viscidi
Some pics from the London Premier Red Carpet
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