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Fifty Shades Darker Movie Review 2

Title: Fifty Shades Darker

Director: James Foley

Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornana, Kim Basinger, Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini.

‘Fifty Shades Darker’ is the second installment in the trilogy by British author E. L. James. Just like in the erotic romance novel, James Foley’s screen adaptation traces the deepening relationship between college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and the young business magnate, Christian Grey.

The most eligible bachelor in Seattle tries to entice the cautious Miss Steele back into his life, as she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. Naturally, it doesn’t take him more than an inkling to win her back, and have her long for his carnal extravaganza. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, starring as Ana and Mr. Grey, are forced to act into a mawkish sequence of scenes. The non-sexual moments are the most absurd: the actors are given bad timing to deliver ridiculously preposterous and illogical lines. Along with the lead actors, Kim Basinger (who currently looks like Mickey Rourke), Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford and Max Martini in supporting roles, play the game in what feels like an overly melodramatic parody of a romantic drama.

Senseless suspense is built with situations that echo the way the ‘Scream’ movie-franchise mocked the cliffhangers of mainstream cinema. As a result, ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ mirrors ‘The Bold and The Beautiful’ adding some touch of wannabe perverted sexual behaviour. However, what is defined as “kinky f**kery” is tamed down, possibly because Ana & Grey are switching to a “vanilla relationship.”

Throughout the entire film you laugh relentlessly as a consequence of the involuntary humour, therefore one could say that the distribution company instead of promoting it as a romantic drama, should have marketed it as a cringe comedy!

Technical: B-

Acting: C-

Story: F

Overall: C+ 

Written by: Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

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Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi is a storyteller, who speaks and writes fluently in English, Italian, French and Spanish. She is member of the Italian Association of Journalists and of the Foreign Press in New York City. She studied in a British school in Milan, from nursery to high school, after which she graduated in Political Sciences, got a Masters in screen-writing and film production and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York and Los Angeles.

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