'Fifty Shades Darker' is exactly what you'd expect it to be

Fifty Shades Darker, starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, hits theaters Friday. However, the couple are forced to confront Christian's inner demons and other people threatening to tear them apart.

The singer-turned-actress had been campaigning all over towns (make that multiple towns in multiple countries) for the much-anticipated onscreen version of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Still, that's behind the $8.6 million in previews for Fifty Shades of Grey on Valentine's Day weekend two years ago, one of the best showings ever for an R-rated title. Conflicts are resolved nearly instantly, so there's no real suspense, and the quick edits and underdeveloped subplots keep audiences from ever truly becoming emotionally involved with the story.

Dornan also said that there was nothing forced about the sex in the movies. Basinger, meanwhile, is criminally underused as Elena, and - like several characters in the film - seems just thrown in the movie to appease fans of the book series rather than giving her character any real reason to be there. The end-credits scene features a bunch of clips pieced together, including Ana putting her veil on as she prepares to marry Christian.

Fifty Shades Darker releases nationwide on 10 Februruary 2017. The film, based on the 2012 book by author E.L. James, follows Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey as they continue their steamy romance - both the BDSM and "vanilla" aspects.

These wounds run deep, Fifty Shades.


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