Fifty Shades Freed Is the Farthest Thing from a “Climax”

0.5 out of 4 stars

Fifty Shades Freed is the concluding chapter in the popular Fifty Shades trilogy, which is based on the books from E. L. James.

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades Freed

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades Freed

The final installment, directed by James Foley, opens with Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) reciting their wedding vows. And, that’s when the movie should have ended. In fact, Fifty Shades of Grey should have ended that way.

Why? Nothing happens in this movie, and nothing happened in the previous film, Fifty Shades Darker, either. This is a textbook example of “milking it.”

Fifty Shades of Grey while not a good movie at least has something to offer, it’s telling the story of these polar-opposite individuals falling in love and trying to find their middle-ground.

Fifty Shades Darker andFifty Shades Freed is a montage of a rich lifestyle (imagine a perfume commercial) and water-downed, BDSM sex scenes. This time, the “wild” stuff involves ice cream and a vibrator—wow, so risqué. Not to mention every intimate scene feels stilted and awkward because Doran and Johnson were never able to achieve a solid chemistry.

The best word to describe the film is just frustrating. The cliffhanger in the second movie is Anastasia’s former boss, Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson), goes psycho after being fired and seemingly wants revenge on the Grey family.

In this movie, Hyde (a former editor at a publishing house mind you) is cracking the high-tech security of Grey Enterprise and planting bombs like a natural. It’s utterly ridiculous and unbelievable, and while it may sound exciting—it’s not. It happens within the first 15 minutes, and the rest of the movie just continues to hype up how “dangerous” Hyde is.

Then, an hour and fifteen minutes later audiences finally get to the climax, a confrontation between Hyde and Ana. This moment has been poorly building for two movies, and their physical confrontation lasts no more than 90 seconds—and that’s not an exaggeration. I mean, why bother?

Rather than focus on the supposedly very complicated and dark past of Christian Grey, they instead focus on that ludicrous subplot. But, don’t worry Foley doesn’t want anyone going home upset. So, they try to give Grey closure with his past and his mother—in the last five minutes of the movie.

Again, my issue with this is that earlier in the movie there is about a 20-minute sequence where the characters are in Aspen which leads to absolutely nothing. Sure, something happens (a character gets engaged), but it doesn’t drive the story, it’s just killing time—the audience’s time.

There is another subplot, but I won’t go into details for spoiler reasons, but it’s just used as a plot device—not something used to dive deeper into these characters. I know I said nothing happens in this movie, I guess I meant to say nothing important happens in this film.

A perfect analogy would be hearing dead-air on the radio—sure, you can hear it but is something you want to listen to?

Fifty Shades Freed fails to work because of poor storytelling. Yeah, the acting isn’t great, and the editing is sloppy, but there is no depth; nothing for the audience to truly latch on to.

The tagline for the film is “Don’t miss the climax,” I think you’re better off faking a headache and going to bed early.

Read the original review, from the UNLV Scarlet & Gray Free Press HERE

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