What a year this has been – and it’s only February.
First, I got the finale of the “Maze Runner” franchise.
Now I have the conclusion of this franchise, with “Fifty Shades Freed.”
Thank you, 2018. You’re turning into a marvelous year, cinematically speaking.
If what you seek in a movie is a lot of nudity and sex scenes, this is the movie for you. If you’re looking for a plot, sharp dialogue and logical character development … well, there are plenty of other movies playing now that have been nominated for Academy Awards.
At the end of the second movie, Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) proposed to his beloved Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson), the woman who shares his special “play room.” The finale opens with the beautiful wedding ceremony.
The couple flies to France for their honeymoon, where Christian become jealous when Anastasia wants to sunbathe sans bikini top. His jealousy becomes even more apparent when they return to domestic life and she goes back to her job as a book editor, then wants to go out with her friends.
When she brings up the subject of children, he says he doesn’t want to share her with anyone else yet.
Anastasia has cause to be jealous, too, when a beautiful architect arrives at their country home and obviously has eyes for Christian.
And that’s not the worst of it. Anastasia is being followed by a demented character from her past who tries to sabotage Christian’s business and assault Anastasia.
There’s a head-scratching nod to “An Unmarried Woman,” in which Jill Clayburgh’s character, along with her daughter, if I remember correctly, plays Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed” on the piano. Christian performs the song in one scene here. And you know, even if it isn’t meant to be a nod to the 1978 movie, it’s one heckuva coincidence.
One thing is for sure: Christian and Anastasia don’t sit around watching movies or television. At every turn, they manage to find time for, uh, interludes of intimacy (I suppose their staff members were able to run errands for them, saving them oodles of time for such activities).
There is a scenery-chewing villain who’s unintentionally hilarious in a sub-plot that’s even more laugh-inducing. And there’s a silly “reveal” about Christian’s past that comes so late in the game you won’t care about it.
The leads are nice-looking performers who look great with or without their stylish clothing. Really, they’re the only reason to see this silly movie.