Fifty Shades Darker Reviews
The plot continues with Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) trying to get Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) to go back with him. (After things did not end well in the previous movie). Ana now working at a new job with a boss Jack (Eric Johnson) that is trying to flirt with her. Ana decides to give Grey another chance. Soon, Grey's past comes back to haunt after him with Leila (Bella Heathcote) stalking Ana and Christian.
If you are into the cliché romantic drama movies, than sure this may be for you. Or if you are looking for some steamy erotic sex scenes with Grey's BDSM lifestyle, then this may also be for you. It is difficult to find this film to be any good with its poor plot. Ana is trying to become an independent woman. Trying to have that backbone. When Grey is trying to get her to go back with him, she tells him they need to take it slow. A follow up scene, than shows her caving in for his needs. Which makes this whole movie with Ana trying to have control but a scene later, she and Grey are in bed together. There was no real conflict with this complicated relationship they are having. It tries to have this build up of Grey willing to try to work on himself and his habits for her. But there was no progression on him working it out. Grey is a man that is psychologically damaged after a past with an incident with his mother. The BDSM is his way of escaping his pain, which Elena (Kim Basinger) has showed him in his earlier years. But the plot has no real conflict when it focuses with Ana and Grey going back and forth with trying to take it slow and than rushing into some kinky sex.
The script was horrible with some laughable cheesy dialogue. Like "Kinky F***ery." Some made up one-liners that is so bad but laughable. The direction was dull, those steamy sex scenes were made to get a rise out of a certain audience but it was nothing really special about it.
The acting was bad with Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. Literally feels like they are bored with their characters. Johnson is a beautiful decent actress but her performance that is so monotone and yet very passive in the movie is irritating and unattractive.
The positive aspect of the film, which did not help the movie. It did have a great soundtrack that worked on certain scenes like the "I don't wanna live forever" by Zayn and Taylor Swift. And "Not afraid anymore" by Halsey.
Overall, Fifty Shades Darker is a bad exotic film that is meant to be locked up in a dark room and forgotten. But for the fans of the novels, they may get a kink out of the movie and possibly excited for a third hopefully final movie. I do not recommend the film if your not a fan of the novels.
Though it's great to see a couple in a healthy relationship, it also makes for a really uninteresting movie, especially when you don't care about any of the characters. Anastasia's little personality that she had in the first film is now stripped away as she conforms herself to Christian Grey, who (despite giving up his BDSM lifestyle to be with Anastasia) is still the same manipulative control freak that he was in the first film.
Anastasia doesn't know what she wants in this movie. First, she tells him she wants to take it slow after they got back together, and then they have sex in the same scene. She's also very nostalgic about the red room.
There's a scene that bothered me where Christian Grey transfers $24,000 into Anastasia's bank account after they had sex (the same sex scene described in the last paragraph). In the next scene, they're at a coffee shop and Christian invites Anastasia to a ball, but she tells him she doesn't have the dress for it. He just gave you $24,000! Don't tell him you don't have a dress for the ball when he gave you $24,000.
Every men in Fifty Shades Darker are all creepy. For some reason, Jose is back (the guy who forced himself onto Anastasia in the previous film). Anastasia's boss (played by Eric Johnson) gets instantly jealous when he sees her with Christian Grey, and also tried to force himself onto her. There's also flashbacks of Grey being abused as a child, his ex-girlfriend who's also jealous of Anastasia, and a helicopter crash where Grey miraculously survives. All these different plot points go nowhere and only serves to generate some drama.
Fifty Shades Darker was also written by E. L. James's husband, Niall Leonard. Kelly Marcel and Sam Taylor-Johnson (writer and director of the first film) at least tried to subvert the ridiculousness of the source material. There was no doubt that creative differences led to the change in the creative team, and I knew this change would make the movie worse. Niall Leonard and director James Foley will, unfortunately, return for the third and final film.
Though Fifty Shades Darker is worse than the first film, I enjoyed it more because of it. It's the best comedy of the year next to The Bye Bye Man. Even if you didn't like the first film, I would still recommend Fifty Shades Darker to those who enjoy terrible movies.