Benjamin Maio Mackay
Fifty Shades Freed - 0 Stars
A genuine step back for feminism.
Anastasia and Christian get married, but Jack Hyde continues to threaten their relationship.
So the first two films were horrible, understandably so too. They’re based off “Twilight” fan-fiction inspired novels. What I find remarkable is that this film managed to be worse, even though mercifully it was shorter (by 30 minutes!) The chemistry between Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan is still non-existent. This time though its almost as if they’re puppets being made to say the lines. Having seen both these actors give incredible performances elsewhere you can tell they’ve given up on the franchise. The dialogue is atrocious, this features some of the worst lines in cinematic history. In the time of the #metoo and #timesup movements it seems disgusting that this film was allowed to be released. Christian Grey tries to own Ana, he tells her what to wear, where to go, how to act and gets angry when she doesn’t. This is sold to audiences as a “kinky,” loveable relationship. Remarkably the BDSM is lacking and even in the sex scenes the actors look bored. Oh yeah, there’s also a tacky kidnap/ransom/stalking/adoption/baby/blackmail storyline kinda tacked onto the film, because…well, actually it’s inexplicable.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Universal Entertainment