Movie Review: Fifty Shades Darker

I wasn’t a huge fan of the original Fifty Shades of Grey, but the Bride was, so off I go to it.

So it’s a bit later, and Christian has been having nightmares about his childhood, where he was abused. In case this becomes important, he’s burned with cigarettes. Anastasia has taken a job as a personal assistant at Seattle Independent Publishing, because that’s a thing. Her boss is a bit creepy, and if you don’t know where this is going, then how did you live long enough to see an R rated film? Ana is apparently so hot that she is the subject of an art showing, and guess who bought all the pictures of her. Yup. Christian is back in her life.

So forget the contract, and they are going to have a regular relationship, called a vanilla relationship.
In subplot #3, there is a woman that is the spitting image of Ana keeps showing up and giving Ana the evil eye. Soon Ana’s boss tricks her into going to bar for drinks, and Christian interrupts. Christian, not being an idiot, knows what is happening, and being the rich prick, buys Seattle Independent Publishing. So now he’s the boss of Ana’s Boss.

Along with all this fun, we have our fourth subplot where Christian takes Ana to meet the woman that “trained” him, and it’s KIM F’N BASINGER! Holy Cripe! Ana is NOT happy about being setup to get her hair done by Christians former Domme.

So we have our main plot. Christian is trying to win Ana back, and she is torn for half the movie between staying or sprinting out the door.

Then our subplots.

#1 Ana and her creepy Boss, and her Boss’ Boss- her boyfriend.

#2 Christian trying to figure out what he is.

#3 The weird woman who keeps hanging out and staring at Ana.

#4 Christians’ mom doesn’t know about Kim Basinger’s past with Christian

Fun thing, three of these are solved by the end of the movie, and one is pushed at the very end, possibly being the main plot of the third movie.

So how is Fifty Shades Darker?

I’ll be honest. I like this one better than the first one. Christian reveals more about who he is and it actually fits what he did in the first movie. He stops doing what I complained about him doing in the first movie. I enjoyed Christian more in this movie, and actually gave a crap about how he does going forward.

Anatasia is still a cross between a wet blanket and a whiny baby. I don’t know if she is supposed to be, but I still wonder what Christian sees in her. We get a good bit more about that in this movie, but doesn’t completely answer the question. She’s still a bit of the weak link in this movie.

I’ll leave the rest to the spoilers, but the main problem I have here is to really recommend this movie, you would have to watch the first one, and does this one make it worth the trip? I’ll go a 5 here. This one is a solid middle movie, and I actually am looking forward to seeing what the third one brings. The wife will make me watch it anyway, so I guess having hope is something.

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