Confession time: I haven’t actually seen Fifty Shades of Grey. Well, at least not all of it. Same goes for the almost unfathomably popular books that the movie was based on, as I’ve only read select passages. I will say that those passages had me alternating between food-out-your-nose laughter and just good ol’ “WTF?!”, thanks to some horrendously poor writing.
In that regard, I will say that the sections of the movie I have seen were actually much better than its literary progenitor. But even so, I wouldn’t quite go so far as to kill it great. It wasn’t Fifty Shades of Black bad – poor Tracy is still in therapy after watching that, but for a movie that’s supposed to be all about the kinkiness, I didn’t quite get hot under the collar. Well, for the parts I saw. Movie parts I meant, not stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan’s parts, though there was plenty of that on display too.
I will get around to watching it fully one day, especially since it’s just over two months until the sequel Fifty Shades Darker steams up cinema houses all over again, increases heart failure rates in the middle-aged housewife demographic tenfold. The follow-up now sees Glengary Glen Ross director James Foley replacing previous director Sam Taylor-Johnson, whom by all accounts had a nightmare production thanks to the meddling of original author E.L. James. Seeing as James then got pulled strings so that her husband ending up penning the script for this film, we’ll have to wait and see if goes any better.
Check out the trailer below.
When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele 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, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.
Fifty Shades Darker also stars Kim Basinger, Bella Heathcote, Rita Ora, Jennifer Ehle, and Eric Johnson, and is scheduled for release on 10 February 2017.
Last Updated: December 9, 2016