Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) is trying to move on from her previous relationship with her billionaire boyfriend Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). She had enough of the sexual fantasies that caused too much pain that she couldn't handle anymore. However, Christian Grey tries to win her back and promises that he would change just for her and proves that she is different from any other girl that came in his life. Anastasia gives him another shot to redeem himself but as the two take one step forward in their relationship; more secrets are revealed that may push beyond her limits.
I haven't read any of the books, and I find the first film interesting. The theatrical version sucked a bit because of the blacked out parts. Thankfully, the sequel made it without any cuts and blurs. However, Fifty Shades Darker feels so long and empty. It seems that nothing is happening, and all the revelations and secrets wouldn't surprise anyone. Plus all the intimate scenes are subdued unlike the first film that tries to go all out.
There is actually no character development for both Ana Steele and Christian Grey. They couldn't provide anything spectacular out of its very thin plot. With a third chapter already on its way next year which they teased during the end credits — I can't feel any excitement in it but surely a lot of girls are already preparing their next Valentines Day date with Christian Grey. Dakota Johnson once again came up with another fearless performance while Jamie Dornan needs to keep up with her partner's ability to build a solid chemistry.
Overall, Fifty Shades Darker came a bit short in selling everything. It needs to come up with a brand-new spark plug to boost the film up. It needs more heat like the first one and explore the characters even more. The Fifty Shades Trilogy is supposed to be an obscene series putting a tamer version into the big screen is quite disappointing.
Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 4 out of 10 stars
Directed by: James Foley
Distributed by: United International Pictures PH
Now Showing in selected cinemas
R-18 (no cuts)