Guess whose back? Yes after the huge hit that was Fifty Shades of Grey we now have the sequel with a third movie coming out next year. But can Fifty Shades Darker set pulses racing?
The plot (if you can call it that) sees Ana (Dakota Johnson) and Christian (Jamie Dornan) reunite as Christian says he wants to try a ‘normal’ relationship. But obstacles involving a previous submissive (Bella Heathcote) and Christian’s former dominant Elena (Kim Basinger) who is also his mum’s best friend (you know your usual relationship problems).
It’s a shame Sam Taylor-Johnson left the series as she managed to turn Fifty Shades of Grey into something watchable. Considering the film is meant to be about passion and excitement it’s unfortunate the end result can be boring for long periods. There is no real plot. Anna and Christian argue, have sex, add a few antagonists and repeat.The film is just too long for such a flimsy plot.
There is also the same issue which plagued the first movie in that Jamie Dornan is sexy, Christian Grey is not. Stalking is not sexy! It’s like the only way they could think of making Christian look like the bad guy is by making her boss even worse. Just when you think he can’t get any creepy you then realize that Christian has relationships with submissive that look exactly like his mother. Please someone get him some therapy!
Once again Dakota Johnson shines above the material she’s given, bringing strength and a backbone to the otherwise docile Anna. Her chemistry with Dornan still works which helps keep a bit of investment in the relationship and see why Anna is drawn to Christian. She’s the saving grace of this franchise but it’s not enough to make this film sizzle as it should.
Rating 2/5 – a disappointing sequel but Johnson still stands out above the dross