The Fifty Shades Darker trailer has officially gone public and I’m feeling let down once again. Let me start off first by saying that after reading the first book, I anticipated for the initial movie Fifty Shades of Grey to be a HIT. I was hoping to be visually emerged into a sadistic romance with my sour patch kids sprawled all across the floor in the movie theater. I was sadly mistaken…
Fifty Shades Darker is expected to premiere in theaters February 10th 2017….just in time for Valentine’s Day. Here are 5 Reasons I’m Not Excited for the Movie [WATCH TRAILER BELOW]:
- Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are still the MAIN characters-
I didn’t literally expect for Johnson and Dornan’s roles to actually change but, I am unsure if I would be able to sit through another movie of them together trying to resemble a couple in a sick love scenario. They had
zero on screen chemistry in Fifty Shades of Grey and I’m not expecting them to have any in this movie either. The decision to cast Kim Basinger as Elena Lincoln is also not something that is easily to digest for me. I wish they would have switched it up a bit and considered someone more bad ass like Jessica Lange…she would have been perfect. Despite this, the book indicates that Elena Lincoln is perceived to be in her late 30s-40s, so someone like Charlize Theron or Angelina Jolie would have also been interesting to see as well. Not fu*king Kim Basinger!
2. Anastasia Steele is a “Damsel in Distress”-
Something that bothered me in Fifty Shades Darker was that Anastasia Steele, played by Dakota Johnson, was helpless every 5 seconds. I understand that Christian Grey is suppose to be this dominant 27 year old boy billionaire and Anastasia Steele is a regular college student but, it’s almost portrayed as if she’s incompetent. When shit hits the fan, Christian is there to use his money as a heroic cape of justice to save Anastasia every time.
3. Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele Have an Abusive Relationship-
One of the primary issues that I had with the whole Fifty Shades of Grey franchise is the confusion of a BDSM lifestyle with an actual abusive relationship. Sexual gratification from a BDSM relationship is a preference, however; stalking, intimidation and isolation are all characteristics of abuse. In Fifty Shades Darker, Christian continuously interferes with Anastasia’s career. Meanwhile, Anastasia worries half of the book that a “vanilla relationship” will never be enough for Christian. The reality of the situation, is that having sex in the missionary position every night probably isn’t going to be enough for Christian Grey. The whole book is surrounded around this “forbidden” type of love, where Anastasia created a lot of her own problems. I remember in the initial Fifty Shades of Grey movie, Anastasia got mad because Christian hit her too hard when they were in his playroom. Anastasia was upset for days after the incident, despite the fact that Christian explained on several occasions that he was aroused by sadistic behaviors.
4. BDSM VS Romance
Though many of the BDSM terms weren’t appropriately used throughout the book or previous movie, calling the book an erotic romance novel is a bit of a stretch. Despite this, I don’t expect much from E.L James who stated that the novels were inspired by the Twilight Saga.
5. The Overall Trailer
The overall trailer itself seemed to focus a lot on the masquerade ball that was depicted in the novel at Dr. and Mr. Grey’s residence (Christian’s parents). The masquerade ball scenes appeared to be a bit cheesy and mimicked a high school prom in my opinion. It actually reminded me of the dance scene in the first Twilight movie.
The trailer also features what appears to be Leila, one of Christian’s former submissive partners. In the book, Leila breaks into Anastasia’s home and threatens her at gun point. Due to this being a heightened point in the book, I expected for the trailer to come across as more of a thriller with this movie.
In my opinion, the Fifty Shades of Grey series written by E.L James should have never seen the light of a theater. I believe that the books should have been adapted into a project exclusively on HBO or another network like Showtime where the story line could have been better developed and portrayed. I’m sure that this isn’t the last trailer for Fifty Shades Darker, I just hope the next one is more promising.