Movie: Fifty Shades Darker

The long-awaited, lust-driven movie Fifty Shades Darker is set to excite some audiences – and possibly repel others.

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades Darker.

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan star in Fifty Shades Darker.

Once again, college graduate Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and obscenely rich, ‘kinky –sex’ bachelor Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), invite us to witness the electric, magnetic attraction that drives them into each other’s arms.

Abandoned by Ana for his perceived kinky cruelty in the first instalment, Fifty Shades of Grey, the wounded Mr Grey works passionately to entice Ana back into his life.  Smitten herself, she accepts his advances, but cautiously demands a new arrangement before committing.

Kim Bassinger in Fifty Shades Darker

Kim Bassinger in Fifty Shades Darker.

As the couple begin to build trust, malevolent outside influences appear in the form of Eleanor Lincoln (Kim Bassinger), a mysterious older woman who ‘sexually enlightened’ Christian in his youth, and gun-toting Leila Williams (Bella Heathcote), one of Christian’s former submissives.  There to upset Ana even more is Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson), a controlling, untrustworthy boss dominating her first job at a publishing house.

Unexpected twists and turns move at a good pace, interspersed with rather explicit sex scenes involving Ana and Christian.

Bella Heathcote in Fifty Shades Darker

Bella Heathcote in Fifty Shades Darker

Filmgoers might find several of the erotic sex scenes to be titillating – or perhaps a little nauseating, depending on age and exposure to life’s more unusual nuances.

A few scenes drew moans or giggles on the preview evening.  One concerned Christian being involved in a missing helicopter episode, with his family, friends and Ana waiting at his Escala palace for news.  Just as the TV announces he is safe, the lift doors open and there stands Christian in a rustled T-shirt with a minor cut on his forehead, asking: “What are you all doing here?”

Another scene saw Christian proposing on one knee, proffering a flashy diamond ring and begging Ana: ‘Be mine’.  A cry of ‘Yes!’ resounded from a keen audience fan, with subsequent giggles all round.

Having read the trilogy (twice), I was keen to see if the script adhered to the author’s story line.  Apart from a few omissions and a bit of tweaking, the film follows the book theme very well, so hard core ‘Fifty’ fans should not be disappointed.

Fifty Shades Darker is showing around Australia in time for Valentine’s Day.

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