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Fifty Shades Darker Reviews

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June 22, 2017
Not as good as the first
½ June 21, 2017
Dogshit! 'This is wrong, this is all wrong', said Anastasia herself. I do not understand these movies, they are pointless, boring and crappy.
½ June 20, 2017
 reminded me of a michael bay movie in the sense that it moves so aimlessly to the scenes that it thinks its crowd wants but fails so miserably at everything it sets out to do. Absolutely horrible flick with a limp romance, terrible acting, and laughable "risky" romance
½ June 19, 2017
50% of erotic sex scenes throughout the whole movie
June 18, 2017
Liked it better than the first one
½ June 17, 2017
It can't decide between being an overly-dramatic psychological melodrama or a poorly written excuse for soft core pornography.
June 17, 2017
The movie was good but it could have been a little better, important parts were left out and the sex scenes were kinda NC-17
½ June 14, 2017
Less of a film, more of a series of scenes poorly edited together to somehow structure an engaging story. Instead whats created is a feeling that nothing has been achieved by watching this film come the end.. I'd be lying if i said the 3rd instalment can't come quick enough.. if at all.
June 14, 2017
It is what it is. So Christian (Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) are back together. He's trying his best to open up, but it is unfamiliar territory to him. She trying to accept his kinky side, but likewise, it is new to her. This sequel is all about them furthering their relationship while trying to weather previous lovers popping back into Christian's life. At this point, everybody knows why this series was written: it is socially acceptable smut for bored housewives because it is in the form of a book. I will straight up tell you that I've never read this book series, and will likely never do so for a number of different reasons, but a movie, I can handle, because it is done and over in two hours. The first movie was pretty tame all things considered, and for what it's worth, this movie does up the ante to the next level. Now don't get me wrong, this is still a bad movie that is chock filled with problems. There's glaring issues that don't make sense from a logical standpoint. For one, this is a girl that perpetually has three to four guys fighting for affection. Don't get me wrong, Dakota Johnson is a pretty enough actress, but she just doesn't have that x-factor. Her character is written to be homely and plain, and it never makes sense on just why she is the apple of the eye of so many suitors. Then there is Christian, who is just a book of complexes. He's an overprotective control freak and just Batmans into a scene with the quickness, so much so that it is alarming. I mean really, all you have to do is change the soundtrack to something like John Carpenter's Halloween and you could completely change the entire movie... but that would never happen, because they've got their own soundtrack to sell here. This is still Twilight fan-fiction, and you can always see the shaky foundation that this was built on. It is sillier, but at the same time, it is sexier, so if that is why you are watching it, you're going to get your fix (I can't imagine any other possible reason for watching this). I still feel like this movie would be better if it just went for it, and because the acting is marginally better than The Room, this series is never ever going to reach the realm of being so bad it's good. At the end of the day, the entire reason why you would watch this would be the same if you were to watch a soft-core porno, except that would be a more earnest and efficient use of your time.
½ June 13, 2017
It can't decide between being an overly-dramatic psychological melodrama or a poorly written excuse for soft core pornography.
June 12, 2017
Sex and the soundtrack made this an ok film. Not reading the books, I understand Christian a lot better. Better than the first. More action. Not as bad as critics say!
June 11, 2017
This trilogy is amazing don't listen to the haters
June 10, 2017
Slightly better than the original. Still just as bland.
June 9, 2017
i didn't care much about this
½ June 9, 2017
A film to watch once to say you have.....
June 8, 2017
Fifty Shades Darker is the second film in its exotic romantic drama series that is worse than the last movie. Even with the change in writer/director with Niall Leonard and James Foley handling the second installment. The film has a terrible script; direction, and Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan stale performances tend to continue. The plot was eh, if there was one. I will say the soundtrack with the varieties of artists is probably the only positive thing about the movie.

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.
½ June 8, 2017
Yes, it's terrible, but it's also laughable. In some ways, Fifty Shades Darker is worse than the first film, particularly the writing. Though the chemistry between Johnson and Dornan has improved, the movie has also completely removed all the dramatic stakes that the first film had. In the first film, the couples wanted to be together despite their incompatibility and ultimately separated because of their differences. In Fifty Shades Darker, their differences are resolved very early in the movie, so there's no need to root for them for the rest of the film.

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.
½ June 6, 2017
Who produced this really? They made small improvements since the last movie but not much.
June 4, 2017
Alot of hot and steamy scenes. Could have done with a little less of that and more of the story line but it was better than the first one. of course this takes without saying the books were better. must reads
June 3, 2017
Giving one star at least because I was able to catch up on my work email, pay some bills, upgrade my iOS, etc. thanks fifty shades darker.
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