Fifty Shades of Fabulous

B9V86U6CcAALqIfThere are no words to describe how excited I was to win tickets to the Fifty Shades of Grey Premiere, #FiftyShadesFirst. I don’t know how it happened, but from uncertain about the books I became a true fan girl. I drank the Koolaid and I’m proud of it. I’m one of the few who didn’t think Charlie Hunnam was the right casting for Christian Grey and loved Jamie Dornan and one of the few who liked Dakota Johnson right off. Even though he and Dakota were both unknowns to me, I was hooked. And when I saw the movie poster of them together, the one on the book cover … I redrank the Koolaid. Happily!

B9LJNQeCcAASE6gSo now you know where my head was going into the movie. So … What was the day like?

So many bloggers already described the morning but I’ll sum up quickly and give you pictures! We picked up our tickets – PRIME SEATING – thank you very much GUILTY PLEASURES BOOK REVIEWS for the experience! We walked the grey carpet, passed the movie posters and images and picked up a gift – a replica key to Christian’s Red Room of Pain as Ana calls it. Squee! I’m trying to decide where to give it a place of honor! They served hors d’oeuvres and popcorn and we took our seats. I met Kristen Proby and Laurelin Paige (cue the fan girl SQUEE on all sides).  The TODAY SHOW was filming so many of you saw this from the other side … Seeing the stars in person was amazing although with the screaming and standing fans, very hard to see. When I caught the clips later, I fell in love with Jamie and Dakota even more. EL James was amazing and gracious with her readers. Sam Johnson the director was awesome too.


How’s that for a review? If you’re on the fence about Dakota as Ana, don’t be. She owned the part. She played Ana like she was born to be her. She gave her life and depth and humor (oh the scene where she drunk calls Christian from the bar is priceless) and the negotiation scene … she owns him. And Jamie? He’s Jamie. Personally I wish he was warmer and more excited in the interviews but that didn’t impact how he played the part. He nailed Christian Grey. Secondary characters? Perfect. Kate? Adorable yet tough and strong. Elliot? Laters, Baby! Loved him. I could go on but I won’t spoil things.

I can’t find anything negative to say except I wish for more! There were a few scenes in the book that touched me personally and some of those were missing but there is only so much you can squeeze into a movie and the way they condensed the time frame to make it work was perfect. Awesome.

IMG_4915And the icing on an already fabulous cake? THERE WILL BE MORE! Fifty Shades Darker is filming in June 2015 and will release March 2016. Fifty Shades Freed is next. So say the director and the stars and even better, Universal Studios. I say, bring it on!

33 thoughts on “Fifty Shades of Fabulous”

  1. You lucky woman…haven’t read the books but can’t wait to see the movie. I just can’t get into books told in first person. But I definitely want to see the movie.

  2. Congratulations on such a fun experience. I’m a jealous fan girl of yours right now. I read the books and fell in love with them immediately. While all the various groups are trashing the content as abuse I was feeling it was one of the best stories of love transforming someone who felt he was unworthy of real love. Now I’m listening to the audio version getting ready for the movie. My husband bought tickets for us to see it Friday night and I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited. Like you Carly, I loved Dakota and Jamie from the beginning. Can’t wait!

  3. Sounds like it was a fantastic experience. I am looking forward to seeing the movie. Thanks so much for your observations on your experience.

  4. I was so sad my cousin and I didn’t win tickets! We do have our tickets already for Saturday morning though, I cannot wait to see. I’ve heard there was a certain scene cut out and I was glad to hear it. I adore Jamie Dornan, he’ll always be Sheriff Graham, the Huntsman to me. Thank you for the recap! Reading all the blogs I follow that were there made it feel like really being there.

  5. Thank you for sharing your experience. I have been very impressed with the fact that I haven’t come across any spoilers. I have tickets for Thursday night and I can’t wait. I was never worried about Dakota as Anastasia. I saw Anastasia in her from the beginning. As for Jamie being Christian, I was relieved. I never liked Charlie. I am so happy that so many of my favorite authors were able to see the premier.

  6. I was so excited when you won tickets to see the movie early. I’ve still not read the books, but because of your love for them, I will probably go see the movie. Sadly not release weekend as I have furniture being delivered and my house is still a mess from the move.

  7. I’m so happy for you and your wonderful experience. I’m so glad to hear that it was a good movie too. Can’t wait to see it. I hoped you had a good time and that you’d share pictures. :cheerleader2:

  8. You were so lucky to get to go. I am a little jealous. I loved the books and can’t wait to see the movie I already have my tickets and am ready. From the trailers the cast looks perfect

  9. I’m happy for you to have gotten this incredible experience. I can’t wait to see the movie. My daughter is taking me and my daughter in law Saturday. Can’t wait!

  10. Going to see it Thursday, which is opening night in my town, with a few of my BFF’s. I also haven’t read the books, but can’t wait to see the movie!

  11. I’ve read the books several times, loved them. Going Friday to see the movie very excited. I wasn’t sure about Jamie Dorman, until I seen the trailers, and fell in love.

  12. great review!! I’ve loved Dakota from the start too and also didn’t prefer Hunnam, think Jamie will do great! going Friday morning with my girlfriends, can’t wait!!

  13. SO glad you enjoyed and had fun! I am not a fan but that’s okay — that’s what makes the world go round. I am enjoying the interviews, though. And they are good sports for taking lots of ribbing. Can you imagine what filming must have been like??? Probably not fun at all.

  14. Thank you for going all fan girl and sharing your amazing experience. Now I really want to see this movie. Now to figure out who to go with.

  15. Can’t wait to see the Movie! Thanks Carly for the peek inside the Today show fun..I’m still a Charlie Hunnam fan but will adore Jamie!

  16. i read the books, a few times and enjoyed them. It was unreal. Many say it’s mommy porn, but it reminds me of a modern day version of taming of the shrew only with Christian Grey as a male shrew. It sounds like the movie is living up to the hype. I’ll have to go see it!

  17. you are so lucky i cant wait for the movie but i will probably go after a week cuz it will be to packed here in NYC was the movie better then the book?

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