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REVIEW: "Fifty Shades Darker"

by Kiara Alfonseca - Editor-in-Chief
Tue, Feb 21st 2017 05:00 pm

 Prepare to feel uncomfortable ... unless you're into this kind of stuff.

If you're reading this, I am sure you know the context of the situation between Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and the handsome and very rich Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) of "Fifty Shades Darker", the sequel to "Fifty Shades of Grey". At the beginning of the film Steele and Grey are currently on a break. It seems Grey has so much baggage it's damaged him physically and mentally, while Steele is struggling between her love for him and his kinks (hehe). Yes, I understand this movie and novel can be problematic, but that's not what I'm here to write about.

Grey was sexually abused by his mother's friend as well as physically abused by his biological mother's various boyfriends. He's apparently known for catering to the submissive sort of woman who looks like his mother - who was a crack addict - to the point where they become slave-like. 

Although the sex scenes were fairly pleasant (Grey's back muscles make my toes wiggle), be prepared for a lot of boobs on the screen. They show up often and unapologetically.

But besides the sex, the two really seem to be a couple in this movie. The chemistry isn't perfect, but it's improved greatly from the last movie. We get to see bits and pieces of the real relationship behind the overbearing BDSM play of the film. Whatever they lacked in the last movie, they made up for in the sequel. Grey is no longer hiding behind the mask of his money (even though he does literally hide behind a mask in the movie). Although we're over the money issue by the end of the movie, he is still frustratingly controlling and emotionally abusive in several ways toward Steele. This is where the movie falters, but it's not the movie. It's the story in general, so I will shoo that idea away right now.

If you wanted more plot, oh boy, you got it. There are approximately three major plot points that take place  and suddenly disappear. Workplace harassment, crazy ex-girlfriend and vehicular malfunction. They happened too quickly and gave me a serious case of whiplash. I couldn't become emotional about the events or even really grasp their individual severities because they passed along in such a short matter of time. 

Because of this, "Fifty Shades Darker" is going to leave you with a lot of questions and unspilled emotions as you leave the theater. With a ton of plot points involved, the biggest is that Grey is still hiding something and we have yet to find out what it is. We are also left with a cliffhanger, but to be honest, it wasn't a very good one.

I'm sure this new problem will go away quickly just as all the others have seemed to so Grey and Steele can go back to having sex with the whips and weird legcuffs that made me cringe.