The extent to which Director James Foley’s Fifty Shades Darker works is specifically attributable to Dakota Johnson.
Beyond her attractive physical appearance, she proves herself a fine actress with subtle facial expressions that elevate Writer Niall Leonard’s dialogue. Without her, the film would be no more than an HBO/Showtime soap opera.
That doesn’t mean the film is bad. It is well-produced and, though not as captivating as Fifty Shades of Grey, it should appeal to fans of E.L. James’ books, as well as, set up their appetites for the next installment.
I give Fifty Shades Darker a 3.5 out of 5.