Warning: Do not proceed if you want to be smacked into submission by a load of Fifty Shades Darker spoilers!
From February 10, the second installment of E.L. James's erotic drama will be seducing us in movie theatres all over the country. Starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in their second outings as Anastasia Steele and the formidable Mr. Christian Grey, #FiftyShadesDarker is guaranteed to turn up the heat this Valentine's Day weekend. Here's the trailer:
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With the wait finally over for this February's biggest blockbuster, and with the reviews finally flooding in, it's time to dissect whether James Foley's turn at the series did the original books justice. Although Fifty Shades Darker excelled in the number of worthy sex scenes they managed to squeeze in, below are some of the main differences that fans have picked up on:
1. There's No Vanilla Ice Cream Sex Scene
Although we knew this before the film came out, there's no vanilla ice cream sex scene in Fifty Shades Darker. According to the director, that's because there simply wasn't enough time — this is what he said:
"There's nothing we left out on purpose. It was all simply about time. The movie's two hours. When you go to edit, you can't see everything [as an audience might]. You look at it and it seems pretty good. Then you screen it for an audience and it kind of lags in places, so you say, 'Oh, why did I leave that in there? And you change it.'"
Having said that though, Ana does pick up a vanilla Ben & Jerry's pot at the grocery store with Christian for their sexy stir-fry later. Wink, wink.
2. Jack Hyde Appears At The Masquerade Ball
In the movie, Jack Hyde — played by actor Eric Johnson — swoops in much earlier than in the book. And although the movie doesn't show him confronting Ana about her NSFW work emails to her boyfriend, it does show him attending the masquerade ball when he wears a mask and takes a creepy pic of the Grey family photograph as Miss Steele walks by.
3. Christian's Bedroom Is Different
When Ana gets her spanking in Grey's childhood bedroom, we notice that his posters of The Matrix and The Truman Show aren't on the walls. Bizarrely, we do get a view of a Chronicles of Riddick one though.
4. They Don't Spend The Night On Grey's Boat
Following the incident at Escala and after finding out that Ana's car got wrecked in Grey's parking lot, they don't stay on the boat, The Grace. In the book, they actually go to the hotel, where Ana tells Taylor that she's been checked in as "Mrs. Taylor."
To be honest though, if Foley had made this hotel stay happen, we wouldn't have got that super-slick transition into the sailing scene set to ZAYN and Taylor Swift's Top 40 wail "I Don't Want To Live Forever."
5. In The Book, No Way In Hell Would José Attend Christian's Birthday Party In Bellevue
In the movie, he also lives in Seattle and not Portland. I'm unsure why they thought it was necessary to make these changes but there we go.
6. Elena Says Something Else To Ana At The Party
In the book, Kim Basinger's Mrs. Robinson warns Ana not to hurt Christian again, telling her how terribly sad he was during the weekend that they were apart. However, her stance in Fifty Shades Darker is far more aggressive and she threatens her that she's not right for him.
7. Ana's Enquiry About Butt Plugs Isn't Included
In a hard hit to true fans of the book series, Ana's questions to Christian about butt plugs aren't included. Neither does he waltz in on her testing out those cheeky nipple clamps for fun.
Instead, they merely test one out on her finger. Naughty!
8. Christian Doesn't Gift Ana All Those Apple Products
In the book, Grey definitely does not rain down all those Apple products on his lady — namely a rose gold iPhone and Macbook Pro. Originally, he just gives her an iPad filled with cringe love songs.
Considering Foley had to pander to all that product placement, the decision to omit the latter was probably a good idea.
9. There Was Zero Pool Table Sex
What!? How could have the movie's trailer tease us with something so special and then just cruelly take all that "kinky f-ckery" away? This is how it plays out in the book, in case you were wondering:
"He gently slides my panties down my thighs and off. I can't see what he does with them, but he leaves me feeling exposed as he plants a soft kiss on each cheek. 'Take a shot, baby.' I want to whimper; this is so not going to happen. I know I am going to miss. I line up the white, hit it, and in my impatience, miss the black completely. . . . He leans right over me, flattening me against the table, takes the cue out of my hand, and rolls it to the side cushion. I feel him, hard, against my backside. 'You missed,' he says softly in my ear. . . . Put your hands flat on the table.' I do as he says."
What else should have been included in the Fifty Shades Darker movie? Share your thoughts in the comments below!