Sexy se­quel a shade creepy and con­fus­ing

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film -

A WO­MAN has a cock­tail thrown in her face and is then slapped within 60 sec­onds; is this Days Of Our Lives or Fifty Shades Darker?

This is af­ter a Fa­tal At­trac­tion stalker sub-plot that is drawn out for max­i­mum ten­sion and then promptly re­solved and tossed aside.

So con­fused and un­fo­cused is this se­quel to Fifty Shades of Grey that af­ter at­tempt­ing to steam up the screen by re-spark­ing the re­la­tion­ship be­tween bil­lion­aire sadist Chris­tian Grey (Jamie Dor­nan) and mousy Anas­ta­sia Steele (Dakota John­son) with mix­ing sex and dan­ger, it changes gears into high camp as fast as a whip crack.

It feels like the au­di­ence has been duped into watch­ing an ex­tended episode of an un­end­ing soap opera.

But th­ese aren’t the only is­sues with this prob­lem­atic movie.

De­spite be­ing ditched by Anas­ta­sia at the end of the pre­vi­ous movie, Chris­tian weasels his way back into her life, ac­quires her bank de­tails, throws money at her, treats her like prop­erty, won’t per­mit her to go on a New York busi­ness

trip and at­tracts a stalker. In­stead of run­ning a mile, Anas­ta­sia sticks around to try to change the sexy sadist, en­gages in some siz­zling sex and plays house.

Mean­while her pho­tog­ra­pher buddy Jose (Vic­tor Ra­suk), who is in love with her, hosts an ex­hi­bi­tion of photos of her with­out her con­sent and her boss tries to rape her.

For some rea­son, this film tries its best to have ev­ery male char­ac­ter out-creep the next, while Anas­ta­sia is baf­flingly, in­ex­pli­ca­bly blind to it.

In fact, the drink toss and slap is an amus­ing wel­come re­lief from what up un­til that point has been a drawn-out, te­dious ex­er­cise in misog­yny, dimly lit sex played out to a pump­ing pop mu­sic sound­track and “will he/won’t he con­tinue to be a creep” nar­ra­tive.

Dakota John­son and Jamie Dor­nan.

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