#radogoesgrey - fifty shades of grey block screening + review

If there's one thing you plan on doing this Valentine's Day, scratch off the Fifty Shades of Grey movie from your list...

Last night, I was invited to attend the advanced block screening of Fifty Shades at the VIP Cinema of Century Mall.

century mall vip cinema

I was really excited to skip the long lines and to finally see my guilty pleasure come to life on the big screen.

(I even wore virginal white to celebrate :P)

all white outfit street style
The premier was sponsored by RADO to celebrate the launch of their new "smart watch". The RADO Esenza was designed with the sexy, modern woman in mind. It comes in black and white, no shades of gray in between. :P

(Sort of) very apt for the movie.

rado smart watch
It's also the first ceramic watch to feature "touch technology" and a crown-less face. Extremely lightweight, sleek and interesting.

rado esenza
A great gift for the missus this Valentine's.

So anyway, back to the movie...here's what I think:

Like I said, I really enjoyed the trilogy. Not just for the sex but more for the many "kilig" factors included in it. (The steamy sex parts were just a bonus?!) Christian Grey was the epitome of a dream man: strong, powerful, good-looking, rich, caring and sensitive with a need to be "saved". Yes, there was a lot of sex in the book but it wasn't there page after page. There was a build up and explanation.

The movie for me was just softporn but with good-looking actors and a lot of blurred scenes. The editing seemed haphazard and poorly done (I'm not sure if this was because of the many deleted scenes in my country). 


The story was lost. 

The lack of build-up on the characters made them seem shallow and I feel like a lot of crucial events from the book were taken out to make way for more sex scenes.

It was sex scene after sex scene after sex scene. I really got tired of it after the third.

It seemed like the movie was especially created for those who have already read the book. It felt like a visual representation of Fifty Shades fantasies come to life. A series of long previews stitched together.

If you haven't read the book, you won't get it.

If you've read the book, I think you will be equally disappointed to find out that they totally obliterated the song "Sex On Fire" and that ultra sexy (and fun) scene of them speeding down the highway in an Audi R8 from the movie. In it's place was an over-extended cheesy scene of them in the glider which didn't contain the same power to express the way Christian begins to "soften up" to Anastasia.

The soundtrack was such a strong and charming part of the book. It added so much to its dynamic. Sadly, the movie failed to justify that.

There was also hardly anything mentioned about Charlie Tango.

The only good thing about this movie is that they decided to lose all the annoying "inner goddess" references save for one quick scene.

So, if you're planning to watch this on Valentine's day, I think you better re-think your plans. Too much sex turns nakaka-umay (overbearing) and does the opposite of arousal. 

But you know what they say, to each his own. At the end of the day, we all have our own opinions but if you prefer to keep the "magic" of the book intact, skip this movie. It's one of the most disappointing book to movie adaptations I've ever seen and I can't wait for a re-make.


Didi said…
Blur nga daw.. BLUR! Hahaha..
TheMissusV said…
I may be one of those who will skip the movie. I am actually more excited to watch Old Fashioned. Lola na lola eh hahaha!
Nilyn EC Matugas said…
I was planning to read the trilogy but I wasn't able to finish. I guess I didn't want to complete reading it. I wanted to watch the movie just so I know about it or can talk about it since it's sikat but I have a baby so I'm not watching it either. haha.
Kristina Villa said…
I'm quite curious with this whole 50 shades thing but all my book-loving friends say it's so poorly written and the movie a waste of time. Call me old-fashion but I don't dig this BDSM thing... I still prefer the usual romantic chic flicks.
sarah tirona said…
its a guitly pleasure lang talaga, the book has a lot of kilig/fantasy/romantic moments kse but the movie is lacking puro bdsm. :/
sarah tirona said…
hahaha, ok naman yung book for when you're bored. nthing great but VERY entertaining. hahaha
I have not read the book, but all these media blitz and talks is making me interested in watching.
The Rado watch looks very elegant. As for 50 Shades of Grey, well, I'm just planning to download it..heehee
Joyful Mess said…
I love that watch! And I love how you wore all-white to the screening. Perfect! I'd probably skip the movie though since I didn't read the book like what you said.
Heard lots of comments and read some reviews about the book and the film. Never read the book, won't watch the movie either. Yes, to each his own. :) Thank you for sharing.
sarah tirona said…
hahaha to each his own talaga :)
May De Jesus-Palacpac said…
Yes, I'll be watching Old Fashioned, too.
mercy grace delacruz said…
Aww, I'm planning to watch it tomorrow, maybe I'll pass na lang..😁 basahin ko na lang yung book.
tgf said…
Having read your review of this movie, I think I'll stick to reading the book. I don't want to waste my hard-earned money on a film that not's really worth watching. Thanks for the heads-up! -- Maria Teresa Figuerres
Paulline @ milastolemyheart said…
Never planned on watching this on the cinema because I pretty much expected there's no story. Guess I wasn't wrong at all
sarah tirona said…
yea, dvd nalang :P hahaha
triplejoys said…
I was able to watch this too courtesy of Cadbury. I haven't read the book, but I must say that this movie arouse my interest to finally read the book.
sarah tirona said…
yes, read the book! its way better! :)