'50 Shades Darker' Review
If you are deciding whether or not this series is worth watching, then stick around. If you just want to know what I thought of the movie, then stick around. If you want to know what I thought about the first movie, you can find my review here.
Because this movie is newly released, obviously I will try really hard to not write in any MAJOR spoilers. But if I do, trust me, you will have ample notice.
50 Shades Darker is the second movie to 50 Shades of Grey, and unless you have been living under a rock, you should understand not only the general gist of the story, but may have also watched, or heard the trailer.
But without getting too much into the details of the movie, let's just throw this out there: it basically follows the plot of the book.
And why shouldn't it? The author on the books was part of the production of the movie, so of course it will be kept to almost similar material.
So that's a good thing if you enjoyed the books. In my opinion, they also chose the important scenes of the book to display, so that's good.
The one major positive thing about this movie is that it has a really beautiful soundtrack. That's one of the first thing I noticed in the film, and I am a big fan of that.
But that's where the positive views end.
There are a lot more sex scenes in this movie than the first (which isn't surprising considering the premise of the movie). But what was annoying was that the sex scenes were really choppy in my opinion.
I think they spent more screen time on the foreplay than the actual sex. You would almost see the sex happen, and then about ten seconds later it's over. You never actually hear any of the characters orgasm. I am not necessarily advocating for more sex, but that the cut of scenes showed that the director was trying to keep it short yet trying to fit in more sex scenes. I would've preferred the sex scenes done tastefully and somewhat slowly than trying to get it over with.
I also understand that the director may be trying to draw focus to the actual story line of the movie (Christian giving relationships a try with Ana) but it just seemed too choppy.
This movie has a lot of dramatic scenes that they kept in the book, and while that is good, I felt like they didn't spend enough time building the suspense either.
There was no big emotional roller coaster which there should've been.
I can identify at least 3-5 large emotional scenes that should've either made me really happy, or really emotional. But the feelings it evoked was mediocre at best. By the time the movie ended, all I felt was a little emotional, but not as much as I should've.
This is generally a very serious movie, and the little humor that happens is because of Ana's reactions to other characters. But there was never enough for the theater to erupt in laughter. It was more like a chuckle.
One of the biggest reasons why I watched this movie was because I wanted to see how they played it out, and also because I hate starting something and not finishing it. So I will also be watching the third movie.
But this movie left a very disappointed taste in my mouth. The first movie is undoubtedly better than this movie, and I would recommend watching the first one more than this one.
So unfortunately, I do not recommend seeing this movie, unless you are like me, and hate starting something but not finishing it, or you like the actors, or you're just curious.
Otherwise, save your $15.
If you saw it, what did you think?