Reel Reviews / Josh Simpkins
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following review may contain spoilers relating to the plot line. You have been warned.
Alright, I will admit that the Fifty Shades franchise—if it can be considered a franchise—has progressively gotten better over the span of its three films. The first was quite dull and a little uncomfortable to watch. The second was better; it didn’t bore me to tears, and the stars seemed more at ease with the material. Now having seen the third film, titled Fifty Shades Freed—starring Dakota Johnson (How to Be Single), Jamie Dornan (The 9th Life of Louis Drax), Eric Johnson (Fifty Shades Darker), and Rita Ora (Southpaw)—I can proclaim that they saved the best for last.
After exchanging vows before family and close friends, newlyweds, Christian Grey (Dornan) and Anastasia Steele (Johnson), set off on a lavish honeymoon around the world, lost in their marital bliss. Believing they have left behind the shadowy figures of their past, Christian and Ana fully embrace married life, their unique connection, and shared life of luxury. However, an unexpected break-in at Grey Enterprises inevitably cuts their trip short, as new threats arise that could jeopardize their happy ending before it even begins. Back home Ana finds she is having trouble assuming her role as Mrs. Grey, and that the honeymoon was fruitful as she is expecting. Christian is on edge at the thought of becoming a father. Meanwhile, the threat is discovered as the clever and off kilter Jack Hyde (Johnson).
Feeling vexed over his foiled scheme, Hyde is bitter, dangerous, and demands appeasement. He takes events and his obsession with Ana to the next level, when he kidnaps Christian’s sister Mia (Ora). Hyde contacts Ana asking for a five-million-dollar ransom, her silence, and that she alone deliver the money. When the bank contacts Mr. Grey to inform him of his wife’s hefty withdrawal, Christian fears that Ana wants to leave him. Ana arrives at the meet up with Jack. He proceeds to hit Ana and kick her in the stomach. Ana takes out a gun and shoots Jack in the leg just as Christian and the cops arrive. Jack is arrested, and the Greys live happily ever after.
That is truly how the film ends. All the S&M, drama, and espionage and they lived happily ever after. The Fifty Shades films explore and explode sexual myths, and they lived happily ever after. You know I was actually very pleased with the way they decided to end the franchise—for the love of kittens and puppies please be the end. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan shine. I don’t think I need to say this, but I will anyway: This is NOT a film for everyone, so please use discretion. With that being said, take a step outside of your cozy little cone of comfort and take a date to see Fifty Shades Freed. Now grab your sweetheart and go have some fun, but not too much fun, at the movies!