Fifty Shades Darker (film)


Picture Courtesy of Universal Pictures

In 2011, E.L. James wrote an erotic fan fiction based on the characters of the Twilight novel.  Instead of Edward and Bella, it became Christian and Anastasia.  Far from the demure pages of Forks, E.L. James took Edwards lust for love and turned it into erotic pain.  The novels took off instantly and became a worldwide fandom of what was to become dubbed “mommy porn”.  As with anything successful or popular there will always be those who have no clue about anything that will be front and centre and the most opinionated.  They usually reside in that glorious category of Complainers, people who complain for the sake of complaining.  Unfortunately, those people are in the majority these days, but thankfully there are a few of us still around to cut through the bullshit.

Like many of you, I snatched up the Fifty Shades series and read through book after book, letting the titles and pages bleed together.  When it came time for the first long awaited film version you had to pick up the books or google to find out where the film version was going to end (don’t lie and say you didn’t). The first film was met with polarizing opinions headed by the complainers who, once again had no knowledge of anything but the loudest voice, and those part of the fandom who may have actually enjoyed it.  In all honesty we watched the movie and we enjoyed it.  Then perhaps we watched it again and thought, alright, I can see where some people may say there was some sub-par acting, but it’s because we read the books that we were engaged in the film.  There were many that chose to latch onto the worldwide success of the novel and film to spout their opinions because they were too lazy or didn’t have the drive to get out there and do it themselves.  I assure you, there were many a complainer amongst them.  Though the first film may not have been the R rated porn we had all hoped for (you dirty birds) it was still something.

After our sudden ending at the elevators of the first film, Fifty Shades Darker picks up with Anastasia starting her new job and her life in Seattle whilst avoiding Christians attempts at communication.  Though she was still hurt, it was because she loved him that she was so hurt.  It doesn’t take long for the two to get back together, but this time no terms and no rules.  Finally given the chance to embrace and explore each other, there are many outside elements that try to interfere.

Fifty Shades Darker was a step up from the first film and exactly what we had been looking for all along.  They amped up the sex in the film as well as the visuals that you see, but still stuck to a storyline.  If you wanted porn there are millions of freaky things awaiting at your fingertips, or if I may be so bold, your browser favourites.  Dakota Johnson maintains her innocence for the role of Anastasia, but the awkwardness has been smoothed out and made for a better Anastasia this time around.  Christian is his usual self but they definitely increased the sex appeal in this movie by leaving scruff on his usually clean shaven face, leaving his body hair untrimmed and a focus on his lean muscled body.  Fifty Shades Darker brought with it more of a storyline and with it new characters.  Someone we have all been eager to see was Elena Lincoln played by Kim Basinger who had just the right amount of bitch to her, followed by the devious pig Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson) and our mysterious though disturbed Leila Williams (Bella Heathcote).  With the addition of the new characters, it does take away screen time for some of the originals such as Kate and Elliot who were crammed into a short e-mail video message and left until the end of the film with the rest of them. The audience is taken through a wave of feelings with longing, happiness, laughter, fright, shivers and intrigue with Fifty Shades Darker.

As the vast media attention for the franchise has died down, it was much easier to be able to enjoy the film this time around.  Fifty Shades Darker wraps all the things we wanted into one new kinky package and I’m only looking forward to what they have planned for us to come.  I’m far from being a mommy, but what can I say, I love me some mommy porn.


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