by: Eleanor Goldman
With the upcoming release of Fifty Shades Freed, it seems that the franchise has fully realized what their viewers want to see; even the posters read “don’t miss the climax.” The film is perfectly tailored with all the drama, sex, and lavishness that is ingrained in Anastasia and Christian Grey’s lifestyle.
The film begins with the glorious wedding of Anastasia and Christian. All the supporting characters (played by those such as Marcia Gay Harden and Rita Ora) are back. Ana runs out of the wedding in a pale pink pantsuit clutching to Christian. Flashy pop music is playing as they embark on their beautiful honeymoon – Paris and the coast of France. Vacation is brought to a halt when there has been a break-in at Grey’s company.
It’s revealed all too quickly that the break-in was no other than Jack Hyde, the recurring villain. This threat to their safety doesn’t really take a toll on the Grey’s life. Every conflict – no matter how big – has an all too perfect resolution. When Ana complains that she never gets to see her friends, boom, Christian plans a surprise trip to Colorado with all of them.
The next “threat” to come to their seemingly perfect life in Ana’s surprise pregnancy. Neither of them, especially Christian of course, are ready to have a baby. Finally, there is a big fight between Ana and Christian. It’s intense but also predictable. Hyde returns once again, this time he has kidnapped Christian’s sister and blackmailed Ana for five million dollars. She gets the money, and although she ends up in the hospital with minor injuries, saves her sister-in-law.
In the hospital room that is filled with flowers and cards, Christian and Ana confess their love for each other and their unborn child. Christian even sheds some masculinity along with his tears. As if it wasn’t obvious enough; the film continues its “in your face” style by having Ana ask Christian if he is crying.
The film concludes by paying homage to itself. We see a montage of highlights from the trilogy (including scenes from the film we have just watched) and the infamous “Love Me Like You Do” plays.
What Fifty Shades Freed has done well is giving the viewers what they want to see; beautiful cars, private jets, steamy sex scenes, and all the intrigue that brings viewers into the theatre.