Fifty Shades Freed
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Fifty Shades Freed is a 2018 American erotic romantic drama film directed by James Foley and written by Niall Leonard and based on E. L. James's 2012 novel of the same name. It is the third and final installment in the Fifty Shades film series, following Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker. The film stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, respectively. Like its two predecessors, Fifty Shades Freed received negative reviews, with criticism of its screenplay and acting.
Believing they've left behind the shadowy figures from the past, billionaire Christian Grey and his new wife Anastasia fully embrace their inextricable connection and shared life of luxury. But just as the Greys begin to step into their new roles, sinister events come to light and jeopardize their happy ending before it even begins.
Why It Sucks
- The film does not improve over the other two Fifty Shades films. The characters are still as flat as cardboard and have nothing interesting or likable about them.
- Boring and generic plot.
- Very bad acting.
- The sex scenes are boring and disturbing.
- Laughable dialogue, like where Christian and Ana say "Good morning wife" "Good morning husband".
- The film treats Jack Hyde as the villain.
- Christian and Ana have no chemistry and the relationship is more abusive than loving.
- Christian and Ana are still unlikeable characters as Christian gets upset about Ana not changing her email name from "Steele" To "Grey" and Ana is so dumb for marrying Christian and decides to stay with him.
- It tries way too hard to be sexy and romantic but fails and ends up being bland and boring.
- It doesn't follow the book very well. For example:
- Ethan is not here.
- In the book Ray (Ana's father) gets in a car crash, but in the film he's not.
- Like the previous films, the soundtrack is great, with Hailee Steinfeld's "Capital Letters" being a particular standout.
- The ending song "Love Me Like You Do" by Ellie Goulding was quite catchy, even though this was the same song from the first film.
- Beautiful cinematography.
- Some people may find it romantic and sexy (same as above).
Like it's two predecessors, Fifty Shades Freed received negative reviews, with criticism of its screenplay and acting, but prised Danny Elfman's score. On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 12%, based on 173 reviews, and an average rating of 3.1/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Fifty Shades Freed "brings its titillating trilogy to a clumsy conclusion, making for a film franchise that adds up to a distinctly dissatisfying ménage à trois." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 31 out of 100, based on 43 critics, meaning "generally unfavorable reviews." Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale, the same score earned by Darker, while PostTrak reported that 56% of females (who made up 81% of the opening weekend audience) gave the film a "definite recommend".
Fifty Shades Freed grossed $100.4 million in the United States and Canada, and $270.2 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $371.2 million, against a production budget of $55 million.