Laters, baby 😘

*Flashback* It was the summer of 2012; I was working hard at camp teaching archery and being a cabin counsellor (basically I taught and lived with the kids) . My peers were all female and aged between 18-28. What was a very popular book trilogy at that time? What got us all through children shitting themselves in the middle of the night? 50 Shades of Grey, obviously! It was a global phenomenon that we were all part of. The books enabled women everywhere to fantasise about their ideal Mr Grey and also embrace their sexual prowess. Men don’t get to have all the fun! Reading this was a great escape, but what we didn’t expect were the movies to follow…

*Back to present* Tash and I met at camp, where we’d been through the ‘red room’ craze together – so we had to go and see the bloody second instalment didn’t we!

My tour guide Tash organised an amazing night for us; we went food shopping to stock up on picnic items and then headed to a park, near to Bondi Junction, where an outdoor cinema was. This evening’s entertainment was 50 Shades Darker. 

First review, the food:

We had a cute wee picnic that evening, I’d just been paid so went a bit crazy in Aldi. We had:

  • Sweet chilli crab dip
  • Guacamole 
  • Rice crackers 
  • Chicken liver and peppercorn pate 
  • Cocktail sausages 
  • Salami
  • Ham
  • Blue cheese
  • Mozzarella 
  • Sundried tomatoes 
  • Barbecue crisps
  • Grapes
  • Sour liquorice 
  • Salted caramel chocolate mousse

We didn’t eat it all but let’s just say, not much was left! The food was delicious and just what we craved.

Second review – the venue:

It was literally one of the coolest ways I’ve ever watched a film!

Pros: It wasn’t cold as the evening was still; we had as much space as we wanted; the place was filled with like minded individuals and it was so relaxed. 

Cons: we did get a wet bum and when the planes flew over we couldn’t hear the film.

All in all, I would definitely do it again! 

Third review – the film

It was just like the book which I liked; the emphasis on the masquerade ball was perfect, especially the silver balls section!  The steamy scenes were obviously very good and I swear I’ve never been more attracted to a man’s back then I have with Jamie Dornan’s. 

The only thing that needed work was the helicopter crash (sorry if that’s a spoiler, should have read the books!) as it was over so quickly it didn’t seem as emotionally jolting as it should have been. 

All in all, it was a great evening and I’ll definitely be back at the outdoor cinema and I’ll for sure see 50 Shades Freed next year.


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