Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Movie Review: Fifty Shades Darker

The sequel to the successful sex romance tells a little more of the mind-numbingly boring story of Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson). The first film left off with them breaking up but Grey continues to his relentless pursuit of Anastasia that is not borderline creepy but way past it. He buys up enlarge pictures of her that are being sold at a friend's photography gallery display and continues to send her gifts. Anastasia has started working at a small publishing company under her jealous boss Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson). 

Anastasia agrees to have dinner with Christian and they reignite their passionate romance though she still has reservations despite his insistence to give her money. Christian is still in touch with his old lover and the one who taught him about BDSM, Elena Lincoln (Kim Basinger). Anastasia is also being stalked by one of Grey's old submissives Kate Kavanaugh (Eloise Mumford). These strange occurrences never amount to much and the drama is alway overshadowed by the need to show another sex scene.

The plot continues the trend of the first one with a plodding boredom that never sparks any excitement or interest. They even throw in a random helicopter crash to add to the romance but it competes for the dullest helicopter crash in movie history. The consequences are negated quickly and there is no pressure. They constantly try to push stories that would have been better in a horror or action thriller. The movie fails on the romance as the actors continue to lack any chemistry.

Eventually, the romance leads to a sloppy marriage proposal that only works because Grey is a billionaire who can afford rooms in a skyscraper and a workout room. The details of Grey's wealth always remain vague with random words like "multinational" thrown around to make it seem legit. 

Nevermind the awful performance of the actors, the silly writing, and dull plot, Fifty Shades Darker still managed to perform decently at the box office. It only made just over half what the first film made and I think it will continue its downward trend for the final film of the trilogy. This series is pretty ridiculous and ends up being a spoof of itself. Somehow it has garnered popularity and made enough money to make the creators millionaires. 

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