No one was expecting Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to the hugely-popular but widely-mocked Fifty Shades of Grey, to get good reviews. The first film was panned by critics and inspired numerous spoofs. But this one has lowered the bar to a whole new level.
As of Friday, the day of its international release (like the first one, it is unlikely that the sequel will be released in India) it sits at a low 8% on the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes. To put things in perspective, the first film scored a 25%. More insultingly, Fifty Shades of Black, a lowbrow spoof of the series released in 2016, is only marginally lower at 7%.
The site’s hilarious consensus reads: “Lacking enough chemistry, heat, or narrative friction to satisfy, the limp Fifty Shades Darker wants to be kinky but only serves as its own form of punishment.”
Here are some of the best Fifty Shades Darker blurbs:
Fifty Shades Darker was shot back-to-back with the third film in the series Fifty Shades Freed by director James Foley.
After reports of on-set disagreements between the first film’s director Sam Taylor-Wood and series’ author EL James, Wood dropped out of directing the sequels. Foley, with experience directing a handful of features and episodes of House of Cards was brought on board.
Fifty Shades Darker stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in the lead roles, supported by Marcia Gay Harden, Rita Ora, Bella Heathcote.
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