The 50 Shades Darker has been released. Since it was actually the series' first trailer that started me down this confusing road, it's only fitting we prepare for the next installment with great hesitation and excitement. Soooo....here it is if you want to watch it for yourself...
That's totally romantic....o_O50 Shades of Grey leaves this "whirlwind romance" with Ana literally closing the door on Christian to escape this cray-cray relationship. Taking off like Wile E. Coyote and abandoning his issues into the dust would've made for a great singular movie, but like all warped fairytales the girl stays in love with the psycho "prince charming"...for I don't know what reasons. That said 50 Shades Darker should really be called 50 Shady Sociopaths:
- Ana because she thinks she can change a guy who has issues
- Christian who clearly has issues
- his ex-submissive who is obsessed with him
stalkerphotographer friend Jose who has a crush on her/won't take no for an answer/takes a bunch of freaky ass pictures of her
- Ana's boss who is also obsessed with her and Christian
- "Mrs. Robinson" (PLAYED BY KIM BASINGER) who tries to derail Christian's relationship with Ana
the first film wasn't bad, but her work suffered from the quarrels she and author E.L. James had about adapting the book. Despite her to bury James' sexapades and try to make something of a love story, the movie still came across as tentative and nervous.
James Foley helming the sequel isn't a bad move, but I question his desperation since his last movie was the Perfect Stranger flop in 2007. Other female directors were approached, so having a male's perspective on what is essentially a woman's love story will be.... interesting. Of his past work, I've liked Glengarry Glenn Ross and Confidence. And to his credit, he directed Fear and Perfect Stranger which centers on abusive men stalking young women. Since Anastasia is fighting off four crazies at once, this may be up his alley.
Visually, I'm surprised the masquerade doesn't look a Dollar General's bargain bin of Mardi Gras supplies. It veers close to an Eyes Wide Shut aesthetic. The trailer is actually darker in color but just as sharp, whether they are taken the title literally or it was achieved by happenstance.The rest of the sets follow it's predecessor's style so it may not feel jarring that two people have directed the franchise (*side eyes* The Hunger Games, Divergent.....Harry Potter).
I want to give Jamie credit for the first movie, but his acting doesn't seem to be getting stronger in post 50 Shades projects. His acting is coming across more wooden than Pinocchio...but he seems a little less apprehensive here. I hope he just does something else with the role 'cause it's not working....
Oooh, maybe he can actually get naked. That would be make him better. The only thing hinting at sex is a shower scene. The brief peek here only irritated and reminded me how much Dakota suffered from the male gaze in the first movie. She's more than capable of flashing her body every five minutes, and Jamie needs to give his fair share. He’ll play a psycho-killer sexualizing violence against women in The Fall but he’ll only go shirtless once in a major "erotica" movie. Way to have double standards, dude. I guess you can say I am a proponent for nude equality?
While parts of the production give me hope (the costume design is still on-point), the soundtrack needs help fast. If 99% of the adult human race hated the first film, most agreed the soundtrack was kick-ass. It featured Annie Lennox, The Weekend, Ellie Goulding, Beyonce. For the sequel, we're not starting off on the right foot here with Miguel's cover of Beyonce's Crazy In Love. It's not too bad playing throughout the trailer, but those last five seconds.... are just creepy. *crossing my fingers*
50 Shades Darker will officially hit theaters on February 13th, 2017. You'll know where I'll be.