Fifty Shades Darker

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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


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