Genre: Romance, Drama
Release date: February 10, 2017
Actor: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Eloise Mumford, Bella Heathcote, Rita Ora
Director: James Foley
Country: United States
Music composed by: Danny Elfman
Film series: Fifty Shades
REVIEW: It isn’t every day that I think a movie is better than the book. But when credit is due one must be given, Fifty Shades Darker delivers more than the book did.
I will not go into major details so I don’t spoil it for those who have yet to see it. Unlike the book, I think the movie had a better grasp of the kind of the relationship that existed between Christian and Ana, unlike the book the movie gives a better portrait of Ana by giving us a surer and more mature character. What worked for me about the movie that didn’t work in the books is how Ana seems to have better control of her relationship rather than simply fall under Christian’s spell and demands.
While the context of the story is the same, the execution from book to film is quite different. What was easier and better visualized in the movie is Christian’s demons and inner battles and his reluctance to let Ana in. His need for dominance was not as pronounced in the movie as it was in the book and while we saw a very needy and at times dull characters, the film was able to capture their personality and charisma differently.
This time around the characters performed better and their acting didn’t feel forced. Dornan delivers so much more than he did in Fifty Shades of Grey. His acting while not over the top it was able to deliver the romanticism, erotism and even playfulness that was not easily translated in the book.
Overall I think Fifty Shades Darker was a better movie than Fifty Shades of Grey, either because the actors felt more comfortable with each other, or because the producers as well as the actors took the time to examine the story and were able to translate onto the screen a romanticized story of dominance, erotism, trust, and love.
Note: Sexy & explicit, a lot of skin and fu***ery. We get to see more of Dakota’s bits than we get to see of Christian, sorry ladies they kept him quite within the shadows and we only get a glimpse of his backside for a second.