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Fifty Shades Freed
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You might have missed the climax...and freed from it.
Genre: Erotic
Directed By: James Foley
Produced By: Dana Brunetti
Michael De Luca
E.L. James
Marcus Viscidi
Written By: Niall Leonard
Starring: Dakota Johnson
Jaime Doran
Eric Johnson
Rita Ora
Luke Grimes
Victor Rasuk
Kim Basinger (Unrated Version Only)
Marcia Gay Harden
Photography: Color
Cinematography: John Schwartzman
Distributed By: Universal Pictures
Release Date: Feburary 6, 2018 (Paris)
Feburary 9, 2018 (United States)
Runtime: 105 minutes (Rated)
110 minutes (Unrated)
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $55 million
Box Office: $372 million
Prequel: Fifty Shades Darker

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's Not Freed

  1. 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.
  2. Boring and generic plot, compared to other erotic internet webcomics and animations.
  3. Very bad acting. Once again, no words to describe how bad the acting is at all.
  4. The sex scenes are a huge step backwards as they are still unattractive, flat, and not at all seductive as they still have the same problems as the previous movie, only now they are abruptly short, especially in the first scene, and some scenes they leave a lot to be desired as in the scene where they have sex in the car since its worth mentioning that the windows of the car are completely visible, which becomes more awkward and dull than arousing.
  5. Laughable dialogue, like where Christian and Ana say "Good morning wife" and "Good morning husband".
  6. Christian and Ana have no chemistry and the relationship is more abusive than loving.
  7. Christian and Ana are still unlikable 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.
  8. Once again, there is no real story or plot to this movie whatsoever. Its just porn and abuse.
  9. It tries way too hard to be sexy and romantic but fails and ends up being bland and boring.
  10. 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.
  11. This is one of the most forced happy endings of modern cinema.
  12. Overall, it ended the Fifty Shades trilogy in a sour note, which wasn't good to begin with.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. 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.
  2. Also like the previous films, it still has beautiful cinematography.
  3. Turning a fanfiction into a film is a unique idea as the Fifty Shades trilogy started as a fanfiction of The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer.


Critical Response

Like its two predecessors, Fifty Shades Freed received negative reviews, with criticism of its screenplay and acting, but praised 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". The film currently has a Google user rating of "88% of users liked this film".

Box Office

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.


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