The sequel to “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Fifty Shades Darker” follows Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele as they try to rekindle their relationship while dealing with Christian’s inner demons and dark past. Despite graphic scenes that at times seemed misplaced or unnecessary, Fifty Shades Darker pleasantly surprised this viewer.
I admit going into this movie that I had not seen the first movie or read the novel series. But I was intrigued by the high-paced, all-action trailer released for this sequel, unlike the first movie that seemed to revolve around physical ventures. Although Fifty Shades Darker did not lack in graphic scenes, the relationship issues and personality clashes drove the story and made the explicit scenes pointless in comparison.
Anastasia’s humor and autonomy mixed with Christian’s stubborn and spoiled mindset would, in my opinion, be the only conflict worth following. The other and multiple conflicts could be easily dismissed by the writers, and the movie would provide the same dull, but sufficient experience. Beautiful settings and static characters laid a consistent foundation throughout the movie, but unchanging aspects created predictable dialogues between any main characters, and a plot twist that, unfortunately, anyone could see coming.
Out of 10, this movie deserves a four; four points for getting its point across, but minus six for failing to keep my interest. However, I would recommend this movie to anyone who has not already invested their time in the beloved “Fifty Shades” series. I enjoyed the experience of extinguishing my curiosity about the series, even if it means never experiencing it again.