|Fifty Shades sequel adds suspense |
JULIEN NEAVES Friday, February 17 2017
WHEN I get a call to attend a premiere from Digicel IMAX I am usually pretty excited. When I got the call to cover Fifty Shades Darker I was the opposite of excited.
As you may know the erotic romantic drama Fifty Shades Darker is the sequel to 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey and the second of a planned trilogy of films based on the eponymous novels; the final film, Fifty Shades Freed, will be released in 2018.
I saw the original and it was one of the worst movies I have ever seen, so you can understand my apprehension at seeing the sequel. But after actually watching it I will admit that it was not as bad as I feared.
In the first film mild-mannered Anastasia “Ana” Steele (Dakota Johnson) meets emotionally-detached, sadomasochistic billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and he introduces her to his world of kinky bondage sex and weird relationship rules.
While that film was about the sex with the plot as a side note the situation is reversed in Fifty Shades Darker. As Ana and Christian reunite and seek to move forward with their relationship there is an actual plot to go along with it. Along with kinky bondage sex, nudity and butt shots as well; this is a Fifty Shades movie after all. The chemistry between the leads is improved – the character of Ana has a stronger personality and Christian is less of a controlling idiot. Joining the cast is Eric Johnson, who is decent as Ana’s new misogynist boss. and Kim Basinger as Grey’s business partner and former over. The veteran actress, however, does not have much to do other than stare and be cryptic.
What I did appreciate was that they added some suspense to the film with another former Grey lover, a very disturbed young woman.
This aspect turns the film into a bit of a thriller which adds some urgency and a touch of excitement to the proceedings.
Think Lifetime movie but with explicit sex scenes and profanity.
I detested Fifty Shades of Grey, it is an abominable film, but Fifty Shades Darker, while by no stretch of the imagination a great film, was at least tolerable.
The ladies who read the books will probably love it, especially one scene where Christian works out and Ana stares at him lustfully.
I did notice that there were a lot more females than males at the premiere at Gemstone, the new luxury cinemas above Digicel IMAX. It was my first time at Gemstone and I must say those recliner chairs are most relaxing.
That may have had something to do with my moderate enjoyment of the film. Who knows? Rating: Fifty Shades Darker gets one sexual bondage device out of four.