In this second film of the Fifty Shades series, Christian continues to wrestle with his demons, and Anastasia gets a new job and confronts Christian’s previous women. Starring Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Kim Basinger, Marcia Gay Harden.
I was surprised to find this film to be superior to the first. Sure, the writing is still atrocious, but the chemistry between Johnson and Dornan is a lot stronger, and you can see the love their characters share. Also, it’s not focused so much on male dominance, as Anastasia becomes more independent and stands up for herself in this movie. It certainly isn’t a healthy relationship, but it is more relatable. Still, apart from Dornan’s performance, I can’t find anything substantial to make this film worth watching. That is, unless you like seeing Johnson’s breasts throughout the entire film. There’s no shortage of frontal nudity for her; perhaps they’ll balance that out in the next film. This film is a pass.