Fifty Shades Freed

The ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ books and films were never considered high art. E.L. James’ writing was more akin to a down market Jackie Collins novel than Shakespeare. Nonetheless, the series became hugely popular among a particular demographic who couldn’t get enough of its adult antics. ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ is the last film in the series with its climax potentially offering merciful relief to many.

Christian (Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia Grey (Dakota Johnson) are newly married and look forward to the future. Unfortunately their past catches up with them in the form of Anastasia’s former boss Jack (Eric Johnson). Still infatuated with Anastasia’s charms, Jack will do anything to destroy her new union. Death and emotional destruction await with both colluding to prevent a happy ending.

‘Fifty Shades Freed’ finally ends what has been a generally mediocre series. Whilst the locations and glossy look of the films have been suitably spectacular, other facets have been left wanting. Chief among them have been the performances during which the actors wear a permanently embarrassed look throughout. ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ gives them little depth with Christian and Anastasia a terminally uninteresting couple consistently generating less sizzle and more fizzle.

James Foley deserves kudos for turning E.L. James’ crude prose into something watchable with his fair direction. The light thrills, overwrought shenanigans and romance are mechanically whipped into shape against the soft-rock soundtrack. Hopefully all involved enjoyed the money made from this series as the lack of genuine enthusiasm shown on screen highlights how ‘memorable’ the franchise has been.

Although looking expensive, ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ is anchored by cheap plotting and miniscule acting. These type of movies have admirers who happily go onto the next big screen fad requiring a modicum of thought. The best thing one can say about ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ is that the appearance of its end credits draws smiles missing from its previous two hours.

Rating out of 10: 1


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