Fifty Shades Darker
Friday, Sky Premiere HD, 9pm
TOO BORING TO be laughable, the sequel to 2015’s screen adaptation of EL James’s best-selling bonkbuster is so awful it makes its much-mocked predecessor look like a masterpiece.
Jamie Dornan’s kinky business tycoon Christian Grey is now desperate to win back his lover, Dakota Johnson’s shy but feisty Anastasia Steele. So desperate he even promises to rein back on the S&M. Of course, no one expects this leopard to change his spots overnight…
With James Foley taking over as director from the edgier Sam Taylorjohnson, the bedroom antics in this outing are altogether tamer. But Dornan’s Christian is still a controlling misogynistic creep, which makes Ana’s interest in him all the more of a puzzle, despite the best efforts of Johnson, again outclassing her co-star.
The atrocious dialogue doesn’t help; there is no tension at all in the Ana-christian relationship, and the film is so dull you really do need to be a masochist to sit through it. 2017, 18, 118min
THIS WOULD BE A PAINFUL EXPERIENCE FOR EVERYONE