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I’m starting a new series here on the blog called 5 Things! I’ll be posting no-spoiler mini-reviews of some of the more recent movies I’ve seen. I’m just going to discuss some things I liked, didn’t like, and generally observed about a movie. I’m not a critic or an expert (and I’m not trying to be) but I love to share my thoughts, so I figured this might be the best kind of format. Let me know what you think.
Today, we’re talkin’ Fifty Shades Freed, which (in case you’ve been living under a rock) is the 3rd and final movie in the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise, and based on the 3rd book in the Fifty Shades of Grey series by E.L. James.
I just came back from seeing the movie! I was really excited to see it. I’ve read all 3 of the original books (I haven’t read any of the newer books though) and I enjoyed all three. I’ve now seen all three movies and Fifty Shades of Grey is still my favorite. Fifty Shades Darker wasn’t as good but Fifty Shades Freed was definitely an improvement!
If you haven’t seen the movie yet this shouldn’t be too spoilery for you, but you should definitely come back after you’ve seen it and let me know what you thought!
1. Fun to watch
Though it was very flawed, the movie was so fun to watch and a nice ending to the movie franchise. If you liked the books or if you liked any of the previous movies, then you’ll like this one. As a fan I’m not really sad it’s over, mostly because the story wrapped up so nicely that I can’t really complain.
2. Anna and Christian’s relationship evolves
I loved that we got to see so much more of Ana and Christian’s relationship. Seeing their dynamic as a real couple and how they’re adjusting to married life. Watching them travel the world, have fun, live their lives so fully and be genuinely happy together was nice to finally see after all of the drama from before. I like that we got to experience this new life along with Ana.
Another awesome thing was watching Ana finally take charge in their relationship! She is bossy and Christian gives in to her, which is such a big deal for Ana in comparison to the first movie.
3. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan had more chemistry than ever!
The chemistry between Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan was off the charts! I’m not sure what changed between the 2nd and 3rd movies, since they were filmed at the same time, but this was the best I’ve seen them together.
In the first movie they seemed pretty natural together — since both the characters and the actors didn’t really know each other that well, it worked. In Darker they had chemistry but it just seemed like some of their scenes felt forced and choreographed. But in Freed it was like they didn’t hold back.
Maybe it was just the fact that their characters reached a new, more comfortable level to their relationship so it felt more natural? But it was amazing. And I personally thought the sex scenes were SO much better than in the first two movies, especially Darker.
4. Underdeveloped characters
The other characters are severely underused and underdeveloped. =/ I get that the story is about Ana and Christian’s story but it really does feel like everyone else is just just makes a guest appearance in the movie. I would’ve loved to see more of some of the supporting characters like Kate and Elliot.
But my favorite of all the characters in this movie besides Ana and Christian was Ana’s assistant, Hannah. She only had about 5 total minutes in the entire movie but she added some much-needed life to her scenes. More of her would have been nice!
5. Weird editing and rushed ending
The 2nd half of the movie was SUPER rushed, especially the last 30-40 minutes. They spent so much time building up to to the climax and yet the scene kinda fell flat and ended in about 2 minutes.
While I enjoyed getting to see more of the dynamic between Ana and Christian, there wasn’t nearly enough time spent on everything else. We didn’t even get to see much of the wedding. It really felt like they filmed a lot of great stuff and had to edit a bunch of it out to cut down the time. I hope we get to see some good bonus scenes on Blu-Ray.
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