Bland, silly and riddled with bewildering and snort-inducing moments, Fifty Shades Darker is ultimately unsatisfying.
Between the barely-concealed disdain between the two leads and the story's willingness to conflate sub-dom sexuality and straight-up abuse, the filmmakers' desperate attempts at sensuality are either off-putting, unintentionally hilarious or both.
There is a mystifying lack of conflict in the movie that makes 50 Shades Darker feel aimless.
Michelle Harrison as Auction Bidder.
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Sure, it's aimed at older women, but I can sex leuven see them chuckling throughout a lot of this film.
Mark DeCarlo as News Anchor.
Liam Payne confesses to not reading Fifty Shades despite being on soundtrack.
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In Foley's hands, with James looming over him in the background, the film quickly descends into a series of occasionally titillating sex scenes intercut with dull, poorly staged and entirely non-compelling character drama.
The unworldly Ana realizes she wants this man, and Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.
The sex scenes in Darker are an illustration of the film's central problem, which the increased role of James and the kid gloves approach of Foley both hint towards.
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