Movie Review-Fifty Shades Darker

I was pretty excited to get a chance to see this one over the weekend. I liked how they handled the first movie, in fact its one of those rare moments where I enjoyed the movie more than the book. *gasp* I know…I know a shocker, but that is how I feel about the books. They are enjoyable, of course I do like books 2 and 3 way more than book one. But I think what makes this series so compelling for so many is the characters and the complexities that happen. Now for this movie I splurged. In Utah they really only have cinemark theatres. But here in Dallas, wow it is different. AMC is the most popular and I didn’t know what I was expecting. But its full bar (which is so weird to me because that is something you would never ever see where I am from), recliner seats and boy did I love that. But it was hilarious because about ten minutes in, there was a electric surge and the screen blacked out for quite some time. Thankfully they restarted the movie. I wasn’t that upset because I had my kindle with me hehe and is it just me or do I wish people would learn to turn off their phones in a theatre? There was this gal next to me and she had her phone on through the whole thing and I just wanted to grab it from her since it was so distracting. But other than that, the experience was great since I did the whole dolby surround sound and all. In Darker, we see how Christian has lost Ana, and has to fight to win her back. They start on a different path but this path leads them down a road full of danger. There is a ton in the book, so granted the movie doesn’t have everything and since its only two hours long, there will be some disappointments on certain details. But I did love the acting especially from Dakota Johnson. She is simply wonderful. She fits the role so well. I think my only complaint about it was it didn’t feel as edgy as I was expecting especially at the beginning. In the book, there is a feeling of dark edginess and desperation. I didn’t really get that feeling in the beginning. It did get better though as the movie progresses. But I did love seeing more of Christian’s family and seeing the whole “darker side” to this romance. And the villains we see in this movie were so superb!!! These actors did a fabulous job, so I was pretty happy about that.  That its not all hearts and flowers. Of course if you have only seen the movie, I do recommend the book because you will get a deeper glimpse into the characters. But I do feel that most will really enjoy this as I did. And I do like that they filmed movies Darker and Freed back to back so we won’t have to wait as long for the third one.


12 thoughts on “Movie Review-Fifty Shades Darker

  1. I totally agree with you, Renee, about the “darker” feeling being missing from the movie. I also felt it went kinda fast through things…but then, I get it. It’s a movie and they have to condense things. But sometimes I was left wondering how they got there. You know what I mean? I did love the villains though and I also think Dakota Johnson is excellent in this role. I also don’t mind Jamie Dornan. 😉 Glad you enjoyed the movie experience for the most part!

    1. oh yay…so glad to find someone else that had the same thoughts on this one. It did go pretty fast didn’t it, but then the book is packed with so much so I don’t know if its even possible to not have that rushed feeling. But what I like about the book is the “darker and edgy” feel to it so it was a bit disappointing but I still enjoyed it quite a bit. Although I think those that haven’t read the book will feel lost because they didn’t connect all the dots on certain aspects. I like both Jamie and Dakota. At first I wasn’t sure about Jamie, but I like him more and more for the role. But Dakota is just brilliant, she does Ana so so well and she is exactly how you imagine her to be in the book too, it helps she is a brilliant actress. Although were you disappointed there was no yummy british therapist??? I was so hoping they would put him in.

  2. Neat that the movie delivered better than the actual book. You’re right, that doesn’t happen often. Of the three, this was my favorite book so glad the movie was good even if it didn’t quite catch the gritty tone of the book.

  3. I haven’t read the books or seen the movies but I’m glad that they are mostly loving up to your expectations. i hate when the movie is a let down. I don’t usualyl see movies if I’ve read the book because of that anymore. I can’t seem to unsee it and go back to how much I loved the book lol

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

  4. Like Quinn, I’ve heard mixed reviews on this one. I’m probably not going to watch it because I didn’t read the books or watch the first movie but I still enjoyed reading your thoughts on this. Great review, Renee!

  5. I have still never delved into this series. IDK if I will. I am glad though that the movie was even better than the book. That would drive me nuts sitting next to someone with their phone on.

  6. I haven’t read the books but am debating if I want to see the movies. Sucks about the girl next to you though :/ I’d say try Alamo Drafthouse next, they have a no talking/no phones or they’ll kick you out policy. The seats aren’t recliners though and I do love those recliner seats!

  7. Glad you had a good time seeing this sequel! I was surprised with how much I liked the first movie and especially with Dakota’s portrayal of Ana. Looking forward to this when it comes out on demand.

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