FIFTY SHADES DARKER
I have to admit it, I have read the Fifty Shades Trilogy by E. L. James more than ten times. Yes, I am a fan.
As a first time writer, she tapped into something that we women needed ~ a darker shade of foreplay from a book. Forget the comments about her grammar not being perfect, etc. The first book introduces us to the characters and the situation they find themselves in... and the choices they have to make.
By the time you get to read the second book, curiosity is galloping to find out why is Christian this way, what was his past like, and what would Ana have to do to accept his ways... or not!
Movies are never as good as the books. My expectations were that they would cut some things out but at least leave in those parts that explain more of the psychological upheaval that is Christian. It makes his choices more believable and his sacrifice and adjustment more real. Sorry folks, the movie is not a single shade DARKER than a medium dark.
Don't get me wrong, if you are looking for hot sex scenes, an enjoyable movie, and some good songs to go with it, this is your movie. The actors are more at ease with each other and they make the scenes more believable. On the other hand, if you were looking for a look into the DARKER side of Christian Grey and why he is the way he is, just be satisfied by reading the book.
The movie does not lie. It does announce that it is "based on the book..." In typical Hollywood fashion, it means they kept the main characters, kept somewhat of a storyline that somehow reminds you of the book, but in the end, the producers decided to make a hot, sexy movie that is marketable as an R-rated movie.
4 Stars for being entertaining
2 Stars for sticking to the book
4 stars for the songs
5 Stars for costumes and visual
4.5 Stars for the acting
3.9 FINAL SCORE