Also, looking forward to seeing the final chapter!
As is often the case with sequels (or parts 2, 3 and on) the initial impact of Part One (a fairly substantial examination of the dominant/submissive relationship complete with toys and lots of nudity and intercourse) overshadows the subsequent stories. So it happens with FIFTY SHADES DARKER (or DULLER). New screenwriter this time round (Niall Leonard) adapting EL James infamous Chick Lit and a male director this time - James Foley. Not as strong a team as Round One. But then there are may little things that dim the lights on this outing - less sincere chemistry between the lead couple, too much meandering in wealthy parties, an unshaven Christian Grey (just to keep up with the styles) and the addition of some unsavory characters who attempt to add tension but without enough back story to make it work.The plot - Christian (Jamie Dornan) and Ana (Dakota Johnson) decide to rekindle their relationship, except this time there are no more rules or punishments. As they begin to get used to their newfound relationship, Christian's past (fifteen prior women, childhood abuse, a nasty sordid affair (Bella Heathcote) and the threat of a strange woman (Kim Basinger) begins to haunt Ana as Christian struggles with his innermost thoughts. There is competition for Ana from her new boss (Eric Johnson) that provides a cliffhanger at the end of this far too long film.
Gone is the novelty of the Red Room and sadism and life seems to be settling into ho-hum. Maybe things will pick up in the third installment...Grady Harp, March 18
wow. was this bad. I've read the books and they are pretty bad so my expectations are not high. let me sum this up for you without even spoiling it.sex 30 seconds of unexplained completely unsubstantiated drama sex 30 seconds of unexplained completely unsubstantiated drama sex 30 seconds of unexplained completely unsubstantiated drama sex 30 seconds of unexplained completely unsubstantiated drama sexthere you go. you've 'seen' it. i mean seriously, insert eye roll. and Rita Ora as the sister?? WHY? there is literally NO REASON for this casting choice at all. And lord, you think Rhianna is a bad actress (as far as pop stars trying to act) - wait until you catch Rita Ora. Not one line is delivered that sounds unscripted. It's truly tragic.and here is a ***spoiler alert** for what it's worth.scene. cute love text cute love text. OMG helicopter crash (literally for no reason at all. like you barely even understand why he and his associate are even in a helicopter). OMG Christian might be dead (this literally lasts 2.5 minutes then he walks in alive. like literally it's the most anti-climatic "i thought you were dead scene" in the history of ever. God, it's just so bad. I don't even know why I gave it 3 stars except they are hot to look at. That's about it.
Even if this sounds super pretentious, I think it wasn't that hard to make this a good movie. Put some kind of meta-level in there, don't take yourself so serious in every scene of this movie (there are times in this movie where the serious tone was right but so many scenes could have been a little bit more lighthearted and not so try hard heavy) and have "better" music, so this doesn't look like a music video (I'm looking at you, boat scene).