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“Fifty Shades Darker” Transitions from Kinky to Sweet

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan light up the big screen with intensity

By Jennifer Weeks

Most women enjoy a fairytale to add excitement and romance to their lives, from a novel, movie or partner in life. “Fifty Shades Darker” gives audiences just that.

Arriving just in time for Valentine’s Day weekend, the highly anticipated sequel “Fifty Shades Darker” premieres in theaters nationwide. This is the second installment in the bestselling, erotic trilogy written by British writer, E. L. James.

    Similar to the erotic novel, Director James Foley’s adaptation traces the deepening relationship between college-graduate, Anastasia Steele and billionaire mogul, Christian Grey.

    “Fifty Shades Darker” starts where the first movie ended. Anastasia Steele, played by Dakota Johnson, is a recent graduate, working in Seattle as an editor’s assistant. Christian Grey, portrayed by Jamie Dornan, tries to win back the cautious Anastasia. The couple gives their relationship another try, without a contract, leading to a whirlwind love affair.

    In this installment, Anna and Christian learn what it means to be in a relationship, building trust and stability. This chapter explored the character’s softer sides, proving they can be more than a dominant and submissive couple.

    The way the screenplay was written, Christian Grey’s character was possessive and creepy rather than hot and alluring as we saw in the first film. This time he is obsessed with conquering Anastasia.  He went as far as buying the publishing company she worked for so he could fire her boss.

Christian did develop as a character through learning to trust and being more intimate with Anastasia. He is not looking to punish her all the time and tries to open up about himself and his past. He proves his love by letting Anastasia touch him in sensitive areas that haunt his memories. Grey tries to be the perfect boyfriend throughout the film, breaking free of the BDSM while trying to submit Anna to his commands.

Anna unfolded into a more mature and independent character in this film. She transformed to a more confident woman than that of the first movie.

Overall, the movie transitioned from kinky to sweet, not only in the characters but the well-known sex scenes that went from rough to a little more tame. The sex scenes were a bit repetitive with a few new moves and toys thrown in for good measure.

The romance factor and elements that went into the relationship are what made this film so different from the last.

    Christian and Anna behaved more like a couple, going to dinner, cooked together, had trivial disagreements and held hands. We even saw some witty banter between the two, via text and email.

In the end, it was enjoyable to watch Anna and Christian’s relationship unfold into something deeper. You get to see drama and passion without sex complicating their relationship.

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