The last part of the trilogy offers an unrealistic, unimpressive, mediocre, tasteless ending. Fifty Shades of Grey Freed, just like in the other movies offers neither absolute love nor enough sex scenes for those audience members expecting those elements. In this movie the director James Foley tries to incorporate the elements of a thriller and fails miserably trying to do so.
The film starts with a very sensual sneak peek of Anastasia’s (Dakota Johnson) dress as she prepares to be wedded to Christian (Jamie Dornan). After the wedding, they are whipped to Christian’s (or rather Christian and Anastasia’s) private jet, where they embark on a romantic trip to Paris. Their return to their now wedded life slowly takes a toll on Anastasia’s expectation of her relationship with Christian. When Ana shows up at her job, the Seattle Independent Press, she discovers she has been promoted to chief fiction editor and hesitates to believe her efforts are the result of her promotion. Ana is in disbelief of her new life as Mrs. Grey when she finds out she has private cooks at her house. Christian invites her to accommodate to the lifestyle he is used to but again, Ana, Ana Steele, as she prefers to be called at her job, fights against Christian wishes (Ana forgets to take her birth control shot and becomes pregnant, something that Christian does not approve of at first). Christian goes on a trip and Ana remains in Seattle and decides to have a few drinks with her friend Kate (Eloise Mumford). When she gets home, inebriated she is assaulted by Jack Hyde (Erik Johnson) , her ex-boss who plots against her well-being as a means to take revenge on Christian. The movie here takes a “dramatic turn of events” that make Ana stand for herself and become the hero the movie trilogy expects her to be.
The plot follows a bad script, filled with mini plots that never get explained, clichés and a compilation of sex scenes (where Ana displays almost her entire naked body and Christian’s body does not get as exposed) followed by tense, “action” scenes to try to show a serious “complex” synopsis. The result: atrocious, feeble and an unfulfilled promise of romance. An emotionally damaged multimillionaire chooses a plain Jane with whom he shares nothing but sensual attraction. Ana willingly submits to him while showing some moments of resistance towards him.
Reviewed by Elena Oregui