Lamar Reviews- 50 Shades Darker
Fifty Shades Darker
A year later and we are back to see a movie that everybody supposedly hates. The reviews are awful. Rottentomatoes gave 50 Shades 25 out of 100 and they give this one 8. According to what you read this movie shouldn’t even be in a theater. This kinda reminds me of a recent election, you can’t always believe what you read. The Regal Spartan Stadium 16 is showing it on 3 screens. I can’t speak for the other 2 but the one I was in was packed out with “Shadies”. The original Fifty Shades cost $40 million and took in over $570 million so of course Fifty Shades Freed is already in production.
The movie opens up with Anastasia getting on with her life working as an Editor’s assistant at a small publisher. Her boss Jack Hyde, played by Eric Johnson, is a looker and he’s definitely interested in her as more than an assistant. Christian can’t live without her so he lures her back to try again by promising this time it will be different. They start off taking their relationship slow but before we hit the 30 minute mark Anastasia can’t help but sneak back in to the “Red Room of Pain”. When she runs across something metal with leather cuffs on each end, bats her eyes, and says “What’s this”, we are back in business!
As far as the title goes the darker part is not the sex. I actually think it was less “out there” but there seemed to be more of it. The darker part comes from new characters we didn’t see in the first one. Elena, the woman that taught Christian about bondage and S&M is played by Kim Basinger. All the ladies I talked to said she was a good choice for the character. There’s a previous submissive named Leila, played by Bella Heathcote, keeps creeping around. And Anastasia’s boss isn’t a great guy.
The movie is right at 2 hours, Rated R for strong erotic sexual content, graphic nudity, and language.
The “Shadies” don’t care about reviews, or scores, or what critics think. They could make a Lego version of Fifty Shades and they are still getting together, meeting for wine, and heading to the theater. My wife went with a group and everybody had a great time. All the women I talked to had nothing but great things to say about the movie. They all agreed that the movie is certainly not an award winner but it does what it needs to do. This is like Fast and Furious, John Wick, Twilight, and any other franchise. They only promise what they can deliver and if what they deliver is not what you want there’s always the Oscar nominated Manchester by the Sea. I’m pretty sure there’s no line and you can sit where ever you want to.
For the “Shadies”: 6 Drips of Hot Candle Wax
For Every Body Else: 3 Budweisers