Robbie K here, and I’m back to bring you yet another movie review on the latest movie theater “hits.” No doubt that many are ready for the mass advertised Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to the literary work that “graced” the world so long ago. Despite how badly the first installment did, Hollywood is taking another shot at the series. Is this thing up to the test? Or is it just a plain, dirty dream filling, mess. As always, I’m going to do my best to put bias aside (unlike some reviews) and give you some insight into this flick. Let’s go
- Still Tasteful…mostly
- Story a little better
- Surprisingly funny at time
- Soundtrack Still Kicking
Summary: While I’m not the biggest fan of the Fifty Shades series, this reviewer has to recognize the pressure placed on the directors for this series. For me, I think they did a nice job keeping the movie tasteful while indulging in some of the…sexier qualities of the film. Although supposedly darker, the movie keeps most of the steamy scenes in decent detail without crossing into porn threshold, except the last scene…nothing tasteful about that.
But when the actors aren’t trying to sell the sex, the story that tries to give it purpose starts to emerge. While certainly not the strongest story, Fifty Shades Darker is a little more dynamic, bringing some mystery, some drama, and some love to the table. Those who wanted a little more details to the cast will get their wish, somewhat, and wetting your appetite for the next film. Amidst all the dramatic moments though are some well-timed comedic moments, often pointing out the ridiculous concepts housed in this series. Yet the best thing, for me at least, was the soundtrack. Once more the music editors have selected/crafted tracks that fit well into the scenes, including a number of songs that will capture the heat of the scene. Was it as good as the first installment? I don’t think so, but it still does its job.
- Story is still lacking
- No butts about it
- Extra Characters Lacking
- Character Development Simplistic
- Acting still needs improvement
Summary: Okay, I’m not ignorant enough to not recognize that a lot of people are going for the “passionate” moments. But a reviewer looks at the other qualities, including the story. Despite being better and having more components to it, Darker’s story is still lacking. Many of the plots promised in the trailer are simplistic at best, often dropping them for another sex scene or sequence of the couple arguing. The mysterious girl, the blonde dominatrix, and many other tales involving other characters are diluted attempts to add suspense, adding a little suspense and foreshadowing for the next installment before the potential is dropped. In fact, the only thing really developed to me was the origins of the strange obsession with domination and sadism. As mentioned earlier, the character development is stronger in this film, but it too didn’t live up to the potential it could have.
While their sex life was reaching a climax, their backstories barely moved from baseline, other than a few flashes of sad origins and some insight explaining their approach to love. For many this won’t be an issue, because it gives some more time for spicy antics, overdramatic quarrels, and plenty of butt and breast shots for audiences to absorb. Yes, you get plenty of the eye candy in this film, which helps cover up the work in progress acting. If I’m not mistaken, both leading roles are awkward, reserved, and have some traumatic history. However, this does not provide an excuse for sloppy line delivering, creepy staring, and using grunts and sighs as space fillers. I wasn’t the most thrilled with either leads’ performance in the movie, outside of being able to do it on the screen (they seem to have that down pat).
Overall Fifty Shades Darker delivers what was promised, steamy scenes interlaced with the romantic drama that is enjoyed by so many. I think it still held some taste, mixing the sex with a story that provides the entertainment most will be looking for. Can it match to the picture your imagination patient when reading? No, because Hollywood doesn’t have an unlimited budget and has rules to abide. But it does its best to provide what many craved. Yet not even sex can make up for the limitations in acting, detailed story, and character development that goes beneath the skin. I’m sure my review will not stop fans from trekking to the theater, but this reviewer can’t recommend this one for the theater, unless you just want to see the sex on a massive screen. Yet, it also doesn’t deserve the worst score, because it delivers what I think it promises, though not all the way. Oh, and make sure to stay for the credits for a teaser that really is a tease.
My scores are:
Movie Overall: 5.0