Film Review: Fifty Shades Darker

On Friday evening my sister and I headed to theatres to view the most recent film in the Fifty Shades of Grey series, Fifty Shades Darker. I have read all of the texts and have furthermore seen the first movie, therefore my expectations were high for this second film.

The first film was, in my opinion, a major flop. I felt as though the actors casted to portray Christian and Ana (Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson) were not the best choice considering the Fifty Shades books are exploding with chemistry, and their on-screen chemistry was essentially non-existent. The chemistry between the two in the second film was definitely better, however the movie as a whole was rather unsatisfactory.

Perhaps I am biased in my opinion because I read all of the texts long before the films were released, and I thoroughly believe that films often fail to do a text justice. I am unsure of what exactly it is about the Fifty Shades films that makes them so disappointing, but the books are better by a mile.

Fifty Shades Darker was a disappointment for me personally. I think I allowed myself to fall victim to the film’s hype and was therefore left feeling unsatisfied once the movie was over, though I have conversed with other persons who did not read the books and also felt as though the movie was a bit of a let down. I just cannot accept Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey, and while Dakota Johnson was better in her performance of Ana in the second film, I still do not feel as though her performance did textual Ana justice.

The film contained a lot of sex (which should not come as a surprise), however if you are unfamiliar with the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise and the copious amount of sex it showcases, I would not recommend viewing this film if on-screen intercourse makes you feel uncomfortable. There is a lot of it, and there is little left to the imagination.

Overall I would not recommend seeing this film if you have read the books and enjoyed them. I like the books but believe the films take away from the dynamic characters depicted in the texts, and therefore would not personally suggest this film to Fifty Shades fans.

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