Fifty Shades Darker (2017), Dir. James Foley

Fifty Shades Darker (2017), Dir. James Foley
I’ve never wanted to try again.
— Christian Grey, Fifty Shades Darker (2017)

Stars: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Kim Basinger, Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford, Eric Johnson, Bella Heathcote, Marcia Gay Harden, Max Martini, Rita Ora, Victor Rasuk, Robinne Lee.
Director: James Foley
Screenplay: Niall Leonard

This is not a movie, this is a plot for half a season of a soap opera. There is no build within the plot, there is no real character, there is no reward to viewing this film that is just scenes placed together in order. There could very well be chemistry between Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) but this film does not let you evolve into understanding their connection it shoves it down your throat with no development. I was bored watching this and just hoping the plot didn't become too ridiculous...

The story starts back up with Ana working in a publishing house, she is doing well in her career and getting over the last movie. She goes to see her friends photography exhibition that has her face plastered on every wall and who just so happens to buy every photo. His reasoning is because no one should be able to see her the way he does. Christian asks her to dinner and she goes under that statement that they are only going to talk. What actually happens is he repents for his previous crimes and they fall right into an intense relationship. Intense being that he has boundary issues when telling her what and what not to do as she brings down her walls and is actually into his BDSM lifestyle.

If this were any other approach to this type of relationship it would be quite interesting but this is not at all a smart script/book it got its story from. It is poorly structured and paced, it feels like a 14 year old wrote this in her bedroom after her parents told her to go to sleep. It is also just so fan fiction its not funny—and realistic as we all know where this book came from. Now I have high praise for fan fiction, it is an incredibly rich artistic form however it only works when you have a connection with its original characters. You already have built in understanding and love for them so there is no need for character building, sadly that means that we get no actual characterisation within this text itself.

This is exactly what I expected this film to be, but I know everyone else in the theatre—including my two friends who sat next to me—got a real kick out of it, I just wish that this audience got a better film that they could sink their teeth into and feel as though they actually saw a film, not a badly cooked up wet dream.