Fifty Shades Darker – Review

I just want to start this article off by saying, everyone who uses the excuse of not watching Fifty Shades of Grey because it’s fan-fiction of Twilight, SHAME ON YOU.  That’s just lazy reasoning.

Anyways, let’s get into it. The main thing that attracted me to this movie is the soundtrack, which is done by Danny Elfman. Yes, the Danny Elfman who composed The Simpsons theme song, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride etc… To see that his quirky music would be used in a movie filled with erotica was enough to intrigue me.  I wanted to see how he would do it and if it worked well with the genre. Turns out, it worked great! It brought something different and interesting to the movie. Unfortunately, in Fifty Shades Darker, I didn’t notice his work as much as I did in Fifty Shades of Grey. The movie was filled with a lot of new pop songs, which kind of disappointed me. I don’t mind a few popular pop tracks here and there but the movie felt water downed with them. I think there was a lot of missed potential there.

SPOILER ALERTS AHEAD!! As entertained as I was, I couldn’t help but laugh at how many plot lines were going on throughout the film. You have the random stalker girl following Anastasia, then you have the boss taking advantage of Anastasia, then there’s the whole “Mrs. Robinson” thing going on, and that plane crash? What was that? It felt like there were a lot of unnecessary conflicts just thrown together to take the audience on a rollercoaster ride. It was enough for me to see Anastasia battling with whether or not she could see herself having a relationship with a sadist.

All negative comments aside, I genuinely enjoy these movies. They’re beautifully shot and lit. There’s something about seeing an average girl experiencing something so grand that really resonates with me. Maybe it’s that feeling we all have in us, wanting to experience something bigger and greater than what we know. If after reading this you’re not convinced to give it a chance, do it anyway!

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