Review: Fifty Shades Darker
2.0Overall Score

A disappointing next chapter for the famous franchise.

Starring: Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan

Plot: When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.

Remarks: I know there is a massive hype behind this franchise and despite the terrible reviews, I quite enjoyed Fifty Shades of Grey, however, there was so much wrong with the film’s sequel Fifty Shades Darker. The story had potential, however, failed to reach it for a number of reasons.

Fifty Shades Darker is that awkward novel between the decent stories in the first and third books. I found that the film (and the book) lacked a storyline. Firstly, I didn’t like how Ana went straight back into Christian’s arms despite how the first book ended. Secondly, nothing of prominence happened in the film. The couple learn to trust each other again – and do so quite quickly. This, however, was executed in the most monotonous way and is an incredibly boring and predictable watch.

Because there was hardly a story to this tale, the film is filled with sex scenes – many of them quite unnecessary. Sure, it’s a major part of the franchise but there were many sex scenes which didn’t add value to the overall journey the film takes you on. Sex sells. It’s undeniable. But the many scenes throughout the film (which really aren’t as graphic as you’re expecting) comes across as a desperate attempt to get people to the cinema. This time around, the scenes aren’t focused on the “master/servant” aspect which made the first film so popular and instead, are more romantic (although Ana and Christian do return to the red room for a steamy session).

However, it’s not all bad. I think Dakota and Jamie do a fantastic job despite the lack of substance in the story. This time around, their chemistry is undeniable and they work really well together. Ana and Christian’s relationship is an integral part of the franchise and their performance shows the emotion and hunger the two have for each other. I also enjoyed the fact that we get a clearer understanding of who Christian Grey is as some secrets from his past are brought to life. Then, the soundtrack is banging. Taylor Swift and Zayn’s ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’ is a perfect fit for the film which also features music from the likes of Nick Jonas and Nicki Minaj, Tove Lo, Halsey and Sia. It’s a soundtrack you’ll definitely want to add to your playlist after watching the movie.

Overall, Fifty Shades Darker is a massive disappointment. Sure, it has its cute moments but it’s weak storyline puts a damper on the entire production. If you’re still going to watch the film despite this review, go in with absolutely no expectations and maybe you won’t be as disappointed as I was.

Rating: 2/5

Fifty Shades Darker releases on the 10th of February 2017.

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