One by one, critics are posting their own Fifty Shades Darker review. The movie is poised to gain millions in box office sales. Unfortunately, these critics are not always too keen to praise the series. Most claimed that the recent movie glorifies domestic violence and does not represent women in a good way.
The last Fifty Shades of Grey made $571 million worldwide on a budget of $40 million. The unprecedented success smashed records and box office forecasts. Unsurprisingly, the producers are shooting the movie’s sequels back-to-back in time for the next two Valentine’s celebration. The first film received unfavorable reviews, and it appears that the second is suffering the same fate.
Fifty Shades Darker review: A glorification of domestic violence
On the Today show in Australia, Richard Wilkins gave his Fifty Shades Darker review. According to the host, the film glorifies a violent relationship. Wilkins admitted that there were a lot of raunchy scenes to keep the Valentine’s Day crowds appeased. However, he added that the steamy scenes were insufficient to make up for the poor storyline.
Wilkins asked why a woman like Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) would enter a violent relationship with a narcissistic and sadistic man. The movie left a complete distaste in Wilkins that he ended up giving the film two stars.
Wilkins’ co-host, Lisa Wilkinson, agreed with the evaluation. She first expressed her dislike for the first film, then added that she does not support the premise of the series. She then chided that Wilkins’ two stars were for the two chocolate ice creams he ate to get through the screening.
Fifty Shades Darker review: Critics hammered down on the film’s lackluster plot
Other searing reviews attacked the film’s lackluster plot. The second installment, according to The Hollywood Reporter, failed to embody the true feminine sass, only succeeding in fulfilling the most superficial needs. Some critics were bewildered on the type of fantasy the film exhumes. Adults who have been in a relationship are aware that changing someone, especially their sexual activities, is a futile effort. Nonetheless, in E.L. James’ novels, the notion is extremely easy. Reviews even mentioned that the film posited males as leering potential predators, while the females are the saviors.
For critics, Fifty Shades Darker was an ordeal to enjoy not because of its Gothic eroticism but because of its utter blandness. The film would surely have benefited from being gaudier with more garnish. Instead, it has predictable bad guys. Even the cliffhanger does not hold mystery due to the obvious plot. In conclusion, critics saw it as an “awful” film to watch.
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