|Directed by||:||James Foley||Produced by||:||Michael De Luca, E. L. James, Dana Brunetti, Marcus Viscidi||Based on||:||Fifty Shades Freed by E. L. James||Starring||:||Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Jennifer Ehle, Marcia Gay Harden||Production company||:||Perfect World Pictures, Michael De Luca Productions, Trigger Street Productions||Distributed by||:||Universal Pictures|
‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Review: No Shades Of Grey In Final Chapter Of E L James’ Sex Fantasy
They’re baaa-aaaack! Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, that is. Every year around Valentine’s Day, Universal has been shrewdly serving up another chapter of the pair’s steamy, kinky relationship, and it all comes to an end now with the third installment of the cinematic adaptation of E L James’ publishing phenomenon. Of course none of these movies looks much different, and Fifty Shades Freed — again from a screenplay by Niall Leonard and direction by James Foley — delivers exactly what you might expect from a franchise that has already grossed more than $1 billion worldwide.
There are yachts, private planes, gorgeous cars, multimillion-dollar homes, glamorous locations and of course all the bondage your heart desires. There’s even a scene involving sexual uses for vanilla ice cream that feels like a cross between Last Tango in Paris and 9 1/2 Weeks to whet your appetite this time. Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are back in the lead roles, again photographed like sex objects with every pore examined in all its widescreen glory. As I say in my video review above, like its predecessors, Fifty Shades Freed almost seems structured like a musical except it stops every few minutes for a steamy sexual encounter rather than a song.
Once that’s over, the story — such as it is — resumes. This one starts off with the yin-yang relationship of Grey and Steele resulting finally in marriage vows and a honeymoon on the Cote d’Azur. Marrying off these two is a risky proposition for a tale that hinges on sexual tension, but no worries because this is no ordinary husband and wife. Back in Seattle (never looking more beautiful onscreen), Ana wants to resume her publishing career and starts talk of a baby, which doesn’t please Christian one bit as he doubts he could be much of a father. That might require different kinds of toys than the ones he entertains his new wife with.