Fifty Shades Darker

By | Begun 02/10/2017
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Don't you just love imagining you're us?Universal Pictures

Low 3 Stars (Time Fairly Well Spent)Why I Saw It: Press screening, and preparing for being on the Critics Circle this Saturday.
What I Thought: Better than its predecessor (looks like the filmmakers finally convinced E.L. James to stop micromanaging). The team does admirably, yet no matter how talented the cast and crew, you can’t cram four major explorations into the space of one and end up with anything except soap opera. Lovely, steamy soap opera to be sure, but as per usual, there isn’t enough “there” there to support its own weight. (There is, however, an absolutely charming echo to Dakota Johnson’s heritage along the way. Fantastic movie moment!*)

Fifty Shades Darker. Dir. James Foley. Perf. Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Marcia Gay Harden, Kim Basinger, Eric Johnson, Bella Heathcote, Max Martini. Universal Pictures, 2017.

The estranged Ana and Christian navigate a new way of being together, while all around them forces converge to prevent their love.

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Here’s the movie moment:
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When Ana finds herself suddenly in a position of authority at work, and surprised by having an assistant, they scripted Melanie Griffith’s remarks from Working Girl verbatim. Utterly unexpected and incredibly sweet.

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