Fifty Shades Freed (2018), Dir. James Foley

Fifty Shades Freed (2018), Dir. James Foley
You insist on defying me, Mrs. Grey. What should I do about that?
— Christian Grey, Fifty Shades Freed (2018)

Stars: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Arielle Kebbel, Brant Daugherty, Fay Masterson, Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford, Rita Ora, Marcia Gay Harden, Max Martini, Tyler Hoechlin.
Director: James Foley
Screenplay: Niall Leonard

This is a massive improvement to the second instalment, this time I didn't have the extreme desire to walk out or pick at my sweater. This time I actually engaged in the story, or what I could piece together from tiny fragments of what I totally didn't remember from the previous two films. Is there technically more sex scenes here, potentially but they finally cut them down to the bare minimum time but they are still quite unimaginative and are they not allowed to show an orgasm because literally what is the point of these scenes?

It starts at their wedding—like literally we open to them spouting their vows, then they jet set off on the most amazing honeymoon that for once I am actually jealous in watching characters galavant across the hemisphere. Then an intruder breaks into Grey's office and takes personal files and we are thrown into the actual plot which is not half bad.

The central romance is bland, the conflict is cringy but there are a few points which do hold value to be on screen; for instance the discussion of why a woman is allowed to keep her maiden name at work and why it's not okay to leave in the midst of a fight to find solace in an ex (even if it is just talking). However the power dynamic is in contradiction of Anna (Dakota Johnson) reiterating that Christian (Jamie Dornan) is a great and caring man—you would need more depth of character to make this argument.

We can rejoice that it is finally complete, and it actually finishes on a high with these characters finding actual happiness in their marriage and compromising for one another. The melodrama is certainly at the max but once again redefine this film into a fan fiction and it is actually intriguing. 

★ ★