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Just Fifty Shades Staler
By Rouén Robinson
Feb 14, 2017 - 9:31:18 PM

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Every Fairy Tale Has A Dark Side...

After ending a relationship with a troubled billionaire, a young woman decides to focus on her career at a publishing house. When their paths cross again, she finds her self dealing with figures from his past as she decides whether or not she can see a future with him on her own terms.

Anastasia Steele is an assistant to the fiction editor at a publishing house who must decide whether it is worth the risk of being hurt again to restart a relationship with a former lover. Christian Grey is the former lover of Anastasia who finds her intoxicating to the point of foregoing his former contract with her in order to experience the vanilla relationship she desires. Jack Hyde is the fiction editor at Seattle Independent Publishing and Anastasia’s boss who finds the prospect of being with her an endeavor worth pursuing due in part to her connection with Christian. Elena Lincoln is the owner of Esclava beauty salon, and Christian’s past dominant who initiated him to BDSM, who finds his relationship with Anastasia wrong for him.

Fifty Shades Darker is not an improvement to the the first movie, Fifty Shakes of Grey unless you are a fan of the source material. This film was sluggish and nonsensical to the point of comedy with a weak soundtrack that bludgeoned you with pop songs that felt out of place in almost every scene they were used in.

Spoiler Alert: If anyone saw the trailer hoping that the helicopter crash would be a major plot point in the movie.... IT IS NOT and the actual crash seen in the trailer is not even in the finished production. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan seem to be more comfortable around each other when compared to the first film, but the nudity has been toned down in length in favor of the intensity of the sexual situations portrayed. Eric Johnson felt like more of a cartoon villain than he was in the first season of Smallville and Kim Basinger looked like she was taking make up tips from her 9 & 1/2 Weeks co-star Mickey Rourke from when acted in The Wrestler. I was hoping for better from James Foley as a director but I guess working with a screenplay by Niall Leonard has its drawbacks as this is his first time writing a script for a feature length theatrical release and not a short film, television episode or TV movie. This film is incredibly boring and there is nothing appealing about it, but it does give backstory that humanizes the male lead at the expense of those around him for some reason.

I rate this a 2 out of 5.    

P.S.  There is a mid credit sequence that is basically a commercial for the next and hopefully final installment of this cinematic franchise. Yes, I know this is a trilogy but if Hollywood can make the Hobbit into three movies then I am sure they will try to milk this cash cow dry.

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See other reviews by Rouén HERE.

Rouén Robinson has been an avid moviegoer since childhood and has been critiquing motion pictures for almost a decade. He has been a film critic for The Cinemas on Tempo and was a judge for FLIFF On Location: Grand Bahama Island, an off shoot of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF). Rouén lives in Grand Bahama and can be reached at redr1976@icloud.com and on Twitter @thereelrouen

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