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The first full-length trailer for the second installment of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has arrived, and thankfully, it’s not as painful to watch as the first film. Don’t get us wrong; there is still an underlying element of second-hand embarrassment, but this time around the movie gods have taken some pity on us.
Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan return as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, the BDSM-loving duo who are now trying to make their relationship work like ‘vanilla’ couples. Their plans to ditch the whips in exchange for Netflix and chilling are interrupted when Grey’s original master Elena, played by Kim Basinger, returns. Throw in a few stalkers, some ex-girlfriends, an obsessed boss, and you’ve got yourself a tale as old as time.
The new Fifty Shades Darker footage released today is so far pretty demure in comparison to Fifty Shades of Grey, with Johnson and Dornan still sexing it up, but keeping their clothes on for steamy shower scenes and having some G-rated fun while frolicking on a sailboat.
The dialogue is just as cringe-inducing as the first film (“Are you just going to stand there gawking?,” we hear Johnson coo), but it’s not as if anyone is watching the film for the Shakespearean prose. We’re watching it for the beautiful landscapes. Kidding!
The trailer’s saving grace is, once again, its music—with the first film featuring Beyoncé performing a slowed-down, sultry version of her single “Crazy In Love.” This time around, the song and treatment are the same, with a new added touch of singer Miguel taking over on vocals.
Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James has just announced that she plans on releasing a new version of the Fifty Shades Darker novel, this time writing the book from Christian’s point of view instead of Anastasia’s. The book will be released in 2017 and is titled, wait for it, Fifty Shades Darker From Christian’s Point of View. Catchy.
Fifty Shades Darker hits theatres February 10, 2017, or as the production company calls it, Valentine’s Day weekend. As if that fake holiday couldn’t get cheesier/more pressure-filled than it already was.