The last thing this franchise needed was anymore shade. Even after winning every Razzie possible for worst film last year that didn’t stop a sequel from being produced. 50 shades easily falls in the good book that makes a shitty movie category but there is something about this film that keeps viewers interested. Either people love or they hate these movies but at least they trigger a reaction and making viewers feel some type of way is important because at least they care. I have 2 confessions to make, first I didn’t think that 50 Shades of Grey was a bad film. I’m not saying it was good or anything but I liked the concept and could see where they were going with it. Secondly any movie that has a title that is a play on words from a character is a 10x better movie to me and wins me over. Ex (Good Will Hunting, Saving Private Ryan, Poetic Justice) etc. We may be getting 50 Shades Darker but im going to try to view this in positive light.
Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) begins her career as a writer when successful businessman and old flame Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) starts making attempts to get back into her life. Ana agrees to give Christian another chance as they make changes to their original agreement. Grey becomes suspicious of Ana’s new boss who he feels is making advances at her and starts to behave jealously by putting large sums of money into Ana’s bank account and buying the company she works for. Ana begins to notice she has developed a look a like stalker named Leila Williams (Bella Heathcote) who she finds out was a former submissive of Greys who became unhinged once her contract was up with him. Ana also encounters Elena Lincoln (Kim Basinger) a former love interest of Greys who is responsible for introducing him to the dominant lifestyle. Ana learns how dangerous it is being in a committed relationship with Grey who now has different suitors competing for his affection.
“I have become my own island state. A ravaged, war-torn land where nothing grows and the horizons are bleak.”
“His magic is powerful, intoxicating. I’m a butterfly caught in his net, unable and unwilling to escape.”
“This isn’t a relationship this is ownership”
“He needs a submissive and not just in the bedroom”
- Text messages being blown up on-screen
- Flashbacks to greys childhood in grey color
- Masquerade ball set decoration
We miss The Weekend that is all. Majority of the scoring for this film sounds like elevator music which is not sexy. Even though I guess this is appropriate for 50 Shades Darker because the most awkward not sexy love scene in cinematic history takes place in an elevator.
Dakota Johnson (Anastasia Steele)- She plays the young and naive role very well. It just didn’t seem as though her character experienced any growth in this film even after gaining such a tremendous advantage on Grey. When she threw the glass in Elena’s face it seemed so unlike her. Hopefully in the next film we see a more edgier side to her.
Jamie Dornan (Christian Grey)- His robotic all business attitude makes it so difficult to take him seriously or at least normal. The scene where his helicopter was going down was way too unrealistic how he showed no emotion. I enjoyed the flashbacks to Grey’s troubled childhood which I felt humanized him and gave more insight into how he became so guarded.
Never more appropriate for this segment than now but why the hell is there a framed Chronicles of Riddick poster in Grey’s room as a kid?” That maybe the most disturbing thing from his childhood all things considering.
When Leila shows up in Christian Grey’s apartment with a gun and threatens Ana. Leila is jealous that Christian has committed so much time to Ana. She claims she is not special and does not know what Grey can see in her. How the situation is diffused is literally laugh out loud funny but still it is the only time in the movie where there are definite stakes or you believe something of consequence will occur. Think a bad rip off of the fatal attraction climax.
Pain definitely is not pleasure here as this gets brutally difficult to watch. There is too much of a comedic undertone. Moments that should be really intimate just make you want to laugh and ruin any kind of mood before it can be established. I don’t get it, there is clearly an audience for this type of genre as box office sales prove that. I also know a ton of people who will swear that this is a great film. For me it is difficult to take this franchise seriously even though I do believe they have potential. The sequel maybe 50 shades darker but still equally as dull as the first one.