Fifty Shades Darker
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Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Darker, the second chapter based on the worldwide bestselling Fifty Shades phenomenon. When a wounded Christian tries to entice a cautious Anastasia back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian's past start to circle the couple. Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson) and Elena Lincoln (Kim Basinger) join the cast, determined to destroy the couple's hopes for a future together. This time there are no rules.
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I was really excited to see the movie adaptation for this part because it was the best book in my opinion of the series and the trailers made it seem very close to the original source but I was afraid because the first movie was not pretty loyal to the book.
I went to a midnight showing of the movie, and it didn't dissapointed! "Darker" is a big improvement from the first movie, delivering the same strength, a pretty nice adaptation that stays loyal to the original source almost all of the time, and delivers the thrills and romance we were all expecting. If you loved the book you won't be dissapointed.
Fifty Shades Darker continues Christian and Ana's love story in a great way, this time delivering mystery, lots of steamy action, even some well-executed jokes in between, and something that I found really refreshing is that all the changes that were made were for good! The cinematography is well-done, the direction improves a 200% and Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson do a great job returning as the iconic lead characters, supported by returning faces and some new ones.
Overall, Fifty Shades Darker is entertaining, exciting, and it was worth the 2-year wait! I left the movies feeling very satisfied and I can't wait to get it on Blu-Ray but I'm for sure going to watch it again on theaters.
I have to say there was a world of difference in the movie that was released in the theaters and the DVD. Since this is a review of the DVD, I will try to stick to that. There were a lot of scenes that were included in this version that helped the flow of the story. Dakota Johnson is amazing as an actress, and this film showcases that brilliantly. The new director, James Foley was interviewed singing the praises of Jamie Dornan also. He said at one point, if he wanted Dornan to do a scene a different way, with another emotion or nuance added, he would always be willing to do that for his director. Any way the director wanted. Of course, from Foley’s perspective this is a good thing. But what it says to me, is he was not invested in the character at all. Really good actors have more of a feel for their characters than that. Yet, this is not possible. Mr. Dornan has made no secret of the fact that he despises the character of Christian Grey. You can tell in his performance that this is true.
So many of the scenes in this film I felt he was phoning it in for the paycheck. Even with a terrific actress like Dakota Johnson, he was sleepwalking through this film, with the possible exception of the sex scenes and they are choreographed down to their every move.
A friend and I who are fans of the books decided to watch the DVD and text each other as we did. She lives across the country. At one point, she texted ‘his acting is crap!’ I couldn’t have agreed more. It was a pivotal scene too. The one where Christian Grey hits his knees in submission pose to keep Ana from leaving him. Dornan threw his lines out as if he didn’t care where they landed, and with Ms. Johnson doing such a great job of emotional connection with Anastasia Steele, it made his acting job resemble a really bad high school play.
I don’t mean to say he is not a fine actor. Both “The Fall” and “The Siege of Jadotville” (my personal favorite of all his work) are nothing short of amazing, and brilliant.
Being a fan of the books, I gave him a chance and waited to see the films before I judged. But I have several problems with his being cast as this character.
One: He is just too short. Christian Grey towered over Ana Steele, and if Dakota wears heels- forget it she is taller than him. In the scene in the bar with Jack Hyde the actor who plays Hyde in the film towers over him, which makes Christian Grey being the winner of the so called ‘pissing contest’ over Ana a bit hard to fathom.
Two: In the first film, and this one, Dornan just cannot bring anything to the table as a Dom. He either doesn’t understand the concept, or he just can’t convey it. He comes across as being a bit of a wimp. In the book at one point Christian Grey accuses Ana of ‘not having a submissive bone in her delectable body.” Dornan doesn’t have a dominant bone in his delectable body. It’s just not there. I have read many interviews, and I believe Jamie Dornan is a very sweet, funny, kind Irishman who loves his wife and babies and doesn’t have a bit of that attitude in him. And that’s ok, but don’t commit to do a part if you don’t intend to really try. He did it with Paul Spector, so what is the deal Jamie?
I tried to like this film, and am even looking forward to the last one in the series, “Fifty Shades Freed.” I will rely on the tired old truth: the books were better.
Two stars and both of them are for Dakota’s performance. She’s a wonderful actor.