Movie Review – Fifty Shades Darker

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Movie Review – Fifty Shades Darker
  • Director – James Foley
  • Writer – Niall Leonard
  • Cast – Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Eric Johnson, Eloise Mumford, Bella Heathcote, Rita Ora, and others

There are a lot of negative things to be said about Fifty Shades Darker, but it does impress in one sense – it somehow manages to be worse than the stupefyingly bad Fifty Shades of Grey.

The sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey is marketed as an erotic, BDSM romance that continues the story of billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and his infatuation with the demure Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson). There’s fetish sex a plenty with all kinds of gadgets, but the problem is that these scenes play out in a comical fashion with terrible dialogue.

Fifty Shades Darker opens with Ana having left Christian after her experience in their last session. She has taken a job as an assistant to a dashing fiction editor, Jack Hyde (Erik Johnson). Christian refuses to move on. He makes every attempt to lure her back, and Ana gives him a chance. However, as their love blooms, shadowy figures from Christian’s BDSM past emerge to thwart them, placing Ana and Christian in danger of bodily harm, outside the spanking and nipple clamps.

The script by Niall Leonard is terrible. The characters have zero depth. The editing decisions by Director James Foley adds to the silliness. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are good looking people with great bodies. Their sex scenes are pretty much on par with the first film, and once again she bears the brunt of the nudity and sex play.

Our final thoughts – Johnson still hasn’t found the right role to showcase her skills because this surely isn’t it. Dornan is quite talented — as anybody who’s watched the British TV show The Fall can attest — but he inexplicably loses his mojo in these movies.

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