As it’s called, the sequel gets darker, since it’s no longer solely lingers on the superficial BSDM regular practice between Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). As we remember the last scene of Fifty Shades of Grey (2015), the situation gets tense between the two but hints a potential new spark although they’re separated by a closing door of elevator. A sultry voice of Ana calling Christian by his name for the last time seemingly leaves the sex masochist a wounded heart, something he never expects to experience as he never does romance. Whether he really does, this sequel is tasked with a mission of breaking that ice without making it look excessively sentimental.
The trailers opens with an arranged meeting of the two in a photo exhibition. Familiar with the novels, we acknowledge that since the last scene, Grey never stops trying to reconcile with Anna through persuasive e-mails and series of luxe gift. Anna, whose heart and pride are still reluctant and hurt, finally gives him that silver lining and soon they rekindle their broken relationship by sealing a brand new contract.
As Ana wants it to be a vanilla one, this time there’s no rules, no punishments, and no secrets, making this sequel potentially safe and sound. Unfortunately, little does Ana know that what gets darker here is Christian’s past, which are brought to surface. First comes Elena Lincoln AKA Mrs. Robinson (Kim Basinger) who is responsible for introducing Christian to BSDM practice. Second is Leila Williams (Bella Heathcote), Christian’s former submissive returning for a revenge and chasing after Ana in quiet. Additional threat comes from Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson) who appears to be Ana’s superior in Seattle Independent Publishing (SIP) and is apparently avariciously attracted to Ana.
As the ghosts of Christian’s past hint a potential of thrill and mystery revelation, the trailer also shows lot of skin the pair can’t live without. Some sex scenes get wet yet still look steamy. Some scenes even get more frontal, showing no fear of public exposure. However, it’s not the physical contact we highly anticipate here but the struggles towards a happy ending love story. With the vanilla contract, Christian learns to be genuine and romantic as well as sees Anna as a girlfriend he should protect. He’s even aware that his change of behavior might put Ana’s life in danger. Any intimacy will draw a conflict of interest between his past and present, a conflict which gives him a reminder that Ana is the only one he can’t live without.
Release Schedule: February 2017