On the 9th February 2018 I went on a girls night out! That’s right, I saw the final instalment of the Fifty Shades franchise! Now, before you roll your eyes at the mere mention of the phrase ‘Fifty Shades’ let me tell you that out of all three movies (yes, I’ve seen them all) this one, in my opinion, was by far the best. As we have done for each of the films, myself and my mums friends (as I don’t have any of my own 🙃) met for a few drinks before heading to the cinema. The screen we were in was absolutely packed which made for a great atmosphere, Even if some of the women were a little bit rowdy!
So as we all know, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ absolutely exploded when it was published in 2011. You couldn’t walk past anyone without hearing the words ‘grey’ ‘shades’ or ‘fifty’. I read the books when I was about 17 after constant yammering from my mum about how she had read them and all her friends had read them, So I decided to read them for myself just to see what all the fuss was about… bit of a shock to say the least.
‘Fifty Shades Freed’ tells the continued story of Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan); An unlikely couple with some heavy bedroom habits. In this, the final film of the trilogy, Ana Steele becomes Mrs Grey. The wedding is over and done with pretty early in the film (opening credits) to make way for the jam-packed storyline that lies ahead. In this film we meet Gia Matteo, an architect and family friend of the Grey’s. She is hired to design the plans for Christian and Ana’s new house in Seattle. Gia clearly has a crush on Christian which she makes no attempt to hide when in the presence of both him and Ana. She seems to be an unlikeable character from the start so when Ana shuts Gia down for her blatant advances towards Christian, you can’t help but do a mini celebratory fist pump in the name of Ana and her intrepidity.
I really like how Anastasia becomes a full-on badass in ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ as I found her character in the first two movies slightly weak. A bit too submissive (if you pardon the expression) but there’s no stopping her in this one! The movie’s storyline includes high-speed car chases, kidnap, break-ins, attempted attacks and ransom demands all while still having time to include some saucy scenes along the way #priorities.
The film itself has a really cool soundtrack, some funny scenes (for both the right and wrong reasons) and really, is just a bit of escapism for viewers. It’s fun to see a nobody getting whisked away by a handsome, wealthy businessman and lead a life that I think I speak for everyone when I say we all dream of, minus the weird kinky stuff. (Unless that’s your thing. Each to their own and all that…)
I did find however that the movie could take a completely different turn and still make sense. For example, based on Christian’s shady persona throughout the 3 movies, if he were to at any point try and kill Anastasia, you’d probably find yourself thinking “ah, that makes sense” or “not surprising really” just because he’s kind of a creepy, obsessive guy. He does however sometimes do nice romantic things for her so, ya know, pros and cons.
There is a scene in the movie where Christian makes a massive thing of going into Ana’s place of work to scold her for not changing her surname for her work emails. That’s right, he went all the way to her office to be petty about her not yet having changed her name to Grey at work even though they literally only just got married and in her line of work probably has more pressing matters to deal with… Grow up man.
Anyway, with a few control-freak tendencies from Mr Grey and him making some pretty shoddy decisions throughout the movie (Hello, Mrs Robinson??) I actually didn’t really like Christian Grey in this movie, but thought Ana completely stole the show with her confidence and sass.
Overall, other than some scenes that are just really far fetched and a little bit crazy, I quite enjoyed the film! Yes, there are some cringy moments (especially when you’re watching them sat next to your mother) but that is to be expected with the type of movie it is! The acting still isn’t 100% but I don’t think that is down to the actors personally, It may just be the direction and style of the movie itself. I loved that this one had more of a storyline, which is why I think I considered it the best one of the trilogy, The ending is just so lovely and its a bit of a shame really that this is the final film as they’ve definitely gotten better over time!
Who knows? The might decide to whip up another one at some point in the future…
I give ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ a solid 7/10 translated to 4 stars.
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