50 Shades: Slip into Something a Shade Darker

February 13, 2017
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MOVIE REVIEW: Fifty Shades Darker

Release Date: February 10, 2017
Running Time: 1 hour and 58 minutes
Rated R for strong erotic sexual content, some graphic nudity and language
Grade: B
Screenplay: Niall Leonard
Directed By: James Foley

After their break-up, Christian follows Ana to the art gallery where Jose is displaying photos of Ana. He buys all of the prints and asks Ana to go to dinner with him. Ana reluctantly agrees because she says she is hungry, but warns him that it is only dinner. The feelings that she has for him bubbles to the surface during their meal.

She agrees to try again if there can be no rules, no punishments, and no secrets. Christian is so in love with her that he agrees to the new terms, even if it means that he has to open up about his past. The infamous pair rediscover each other and take their vanilla relationship to a new level when a submissive from his past, Leila, and Christian’s former teacher, Elena Lincoln enter the scenario.

Tormented by their jealousy, Leila stalks Ana, while Elena attempts to interfere as well. Also, a senior editor and her boss at Seattle Independent Publishing (SIP), Jack Hyde, puts all of his energy into seducing Ana. Despite her confidence in their relationship, Ana struggles with the image of Christian using his dominance to subdue Leila in addition his extensive past with Elena. Thinking that he has everything under control, Christian still feels threatened that something will happen to the love of his life.


Every Fairytale Has a Dark Side

Director James Foley dominates the big screen in the second installment of the erotic romance novel trilogy, and seriously made it sizzle. The second book was my favorite since it dove deeper into the psyche of Christian, while exploring Ana’s hidden desires, along with the multiple elements attempting to tear their love apart.

In line with The Hobbit and Twilight franchises, I personally think that Fifty Shades Darker should have been split into two films, in order to incorporate all of the content. However, Foley did do an impressive job capturing much of romance, intrigue, erotic scenes and suspense that made the book an intense page turner.

So much happens in the second book that I was anxiously waiting to see what would end up in the 118 minute running time.  I can tell all the eager fans out there that it conquers the main elements just enough to leave you fulfilled and begging for more.

Actress Dakota Johnson slips comfortably back into her role with the impeccable delivery of her lines and the innocent sultry that she developed in the first film. Jamie Dornan is growing on us as Christian Grey.  Looking back on the first film, I just could not accept him as Christian.  Dornan has come a long way since the first film.  He has a different look and the confidence in his role has increased to the point that we can now see him as Christian.  The chemistry between the two is palpable.


I don’t know whether to worship at your feet or spank you.

One might not think a film like this would have great cinematography, but it does.  Director of photography John Schwartzman, who is known for Jurassic World, Saving Mr. Banks, Pearl Harbor and more, dazzles the screen with sweeping landscapes that showcase the Puget Sound and the spectacular scenery of the Pacific Northwest. Also, the soundtrack by Danny Elfman provides the perfect accompaniment to this most unusual fairy tale.

Fifty Shades Darker was better than I imagined it could be.  I found it to be delightful and the perfect date night movie.

Fifty Shades Freed is scheduled to be released on February 9, 2018 along with the rumor that E.L. James is writing a second book from Christian’s point of view. Let the excitement build and release yourself by stalking Christian and Ana in this one! ~A.S. MacLeod & Movie Buffette

Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele
Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey
Eric Johnson as Jack Hyde
Eloise Mumford as Kate Kavanagh
Bella Heathcote as Leila
Rita Ora as Mia Grey
Luke Grimes as Elliot Grey
Victor Rasuk as Jose
Kim Basinger as Elena Lincoln
Marcia Gay Harden as Grace Trevelyan
Grey Andrew Airlie as Carrick Grey

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