Lexi Ganas

Staff Writer

The second installment of the "Fifty Shades" series hit theaters this past weekend. (Photo courtesy of vanityfair.com)
The second installment of the “Fifty Shades” series hit theaters this past weekend. (Photo courtesy of vanityfair.com)

Fans have been waiting nearly two years for the second entry in the ‘Fifty Shades’ movie trilogy, and this weekend they finally got their wish. “Fifty Shades Darker” hit theaters on February 10th.

Heartthrob Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) is depicted as a more mature character. He attempts to hide some of his inner demons and even change his ways. Everyone’s favorite couple Christian and Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) are together once again. This time around, Christian asks Anastasia to attend an art exhibit with him, and surprisingly, she agrees. At first there is tension between the pair, but after a while they kiss in the alley.

The couple parted ways in the previous film on less than better terms, so seeing them together again and working on a more healthy relationship is heartwarming. Their relationship is under Anastasia’s rules now which insists that Grey may make no rules and invoke no punishments.

After Christian freezes his corporate accounts and prevents Anastasia from traveling, she leaves him considering he promised that there would be no more rules. He backs up his reasoning with a story about his last few assistants being harassed.

The plot progresses when Christian’s parents host a masquerade ball. At this elaborate event, Anastasia meets Elana Lincoln, the woman who seduced Christian at the age of 15. Anastasia jokes that she is his “Mrs. Robinson” due to their age difference. Much is explained about Grey and Elana’s relationship– including that they own a salon together.

When the first dance is called, Christian bids $100,000 to have the dance with Elana. Christian seems insecure throughout the film and he is constantly worried that Ana will leave him. Even more dramatic events occur to reveal this fear.

“Fifty Shades Darker” focuses a lot on Christian’s past, one that is full of various women who envy Anastasia. Brand new characters are introduced, many of whom are the reason that Christian is the way he is. Ana is his safe haven, she is his first serious vanilla relationship. Elena introduced him into bondage and sado-masochism at the young age of 15 and that was the only life that he knew, until he broke Ana down. After seeing that his behavior broke someone else, he realized that he needed to change

“Fifty Shades Darker” depicts a lot of internal emotional battles. The film also shows Ana’s character developing and becoming emotionally stronger.

“Fifty Shades Darker” is a must see for fans of the series.

Grade [A]

Running time: 158 Minutes
Rated: R
Now showing in theaters