Fifty Shades Darker
Are you trying to distract me with your kinky f**kery?
Village Jam Factory - Thursday 9 February 2017, 7:30pm
Running time: 118m
Country: United States
Classification: MA15+ (Strong sex scenes)
Release date: 09/02/17
Rating: 3.5/10 (ME 1.5/5, DP 2/5)
Anastasia (Ana) Steele (Dakota Johnson) has moved on from her dysfunctional relationship with Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). Christian won't take 'no' for an answer though and tries to woo her back with a relationship on her terms. Will the secrets from Christian's past, including former love Elena (Kim Bassinger) threaten their happiness together?
The sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker is a drama romance erotic thriller. There's a little more of a story here than the first one, and elements of Christian's back story provides some much needed depth. The relationship between the pair is unsettling to say the least, and despite the sex (and there's plenty of it) there are times when it's hard to see why they're attracted to each other. There's potential for some good performances, but the clunky script and random plot twists don't do anything to help them. It looks good and the styling and outfits look great, but it's far too long and too slow.
We're not the target demographic for this one, but the millions of fans of the books and the previous film will flock to this and love every moment. It's a light and entertaining film, but the unhealthy exploitative relationship at the centre of it makes it uncomfortable viewing.
Note: there's a teaser scene for Fifty Shades Freed (release date 14 February 2018) halfway through the closing credits. We were the only ones left in the cinema at the time and, ironically, the ones who were the least interested.