Fifty Shades Darker (2017)
The second installment in the Fifty Shades trilogy follows deepening relationship between a college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a young business magnate, Christian Grey.
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I'm going to say that following contains spoilers except nothing could make this film more spoiled than it already is. I made a lot of use of the forward button to race through the "kinky fu##ery" scenes because I've rarely seen anything so awkward. The best part of the while film is seeing Kim Basinger's character's face get both a drink thrown in it and slapped in the same scene. To be fair Kim Basinger looks mortified by being in this, which should tell you something. The whole series of books and films are an insult to anyone who has a few kinks in them as a result of some trauma, and also to the people who choose a dom/sub lifestyle for any reason. Some films are greater than the sum of their parts but the despicable premise, horrible script and scenery chewing delivery means that this film ends up far less than the sum of its. Jamie Dorman has chops and I died a little inside for him after seeing this film which absolutely is, as has been said before, far worse than the first instalment. Not sexy, just dumb.
If you've read the book, this movie does not do it justice. If you just watch the film, you'll wonder what the hype was all about. Disappointing. The storyline is significantly different than the book. Not sure why they keep making these movies.
Even if this sounds super pretentious, I think it wasn't that hard to make this a good movie. Put some kind of meta-level in there, don't take yourself so serious in every scene of this movie (there are times in this movie where the serious tone was right but so many scenes could have been a little bit more lighthearted and not so try hard heavy) and have "better" music, so this doesn't look like a music video (I'm looking at you, boat scene).
Everyone likes to dump on this movie. Many of the references are from the first. I think people forget the dynamic. The movie is supposed to be about somebody very damaged and somebody not so damaged falling in love. Not a difficult concept. Yes, its kinda weird. Yes, I do wish that the script was 1000 times better. All in all, I've seen Adam Sandler movies that were much worse than this movie. I think the script for The Last Airbender was worse than this. I thought that this movie was actually a little refreshing after the last. Though, the last movie seemed to have a better script.