Entertainment Hive 2020

50 Shades Freed

Review by Honey B

Director:  James Foley Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Marcia Gay Harden Plot: Believing they have left behind shadowy figures from their past, newlyweds Christian and Ana fully embrace an inextricable connection and shared life of luxury. But just as she steps into her role as Mrs. Grey and he relaxes into an unfamiliar stability, new threats could jeopardize their happy ending before it even begins. Verdict: We’ve certainly seen it all before when it comes to the 50 Shades flicks, however this third instalment in the franchise certainly gets closer to hitting the spot. And in an odd twist, now that Ana (Dakota Johnson) has entered the confines of marriage with Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), it’s here that she seems to be freed. As Mrs Grey, Ana has become more defiant and there’s a playful edge to her banter and sexual encounters with her more dominant husband. Sure, the handcuffs, blindfolds and an array of other sex toys are still there, but Christian is letting his wife take the lead a bit more. Directed by James Foley the film has a much lighter tone and it’s visually very lush with all of the trappings of the mega-rich including private planes, sleek cars and glitzy homes.  Johnson brings a tongue-in-cheek feel to Ana as she sunbathes topless on her honeymoon or flutters her eyelids as she tells her overly- concerned hubby she is busy at work and has other plans. It’s highly surprising Christian doesn’t have a complete meltdown in this movie – just look how far he has come with his emotions. Dornan is sexy and with his guard down a little, he’s less pompous and a touch more likeable. Unfortunately, his acting is still quite stilted and lifeless – or should I say stiff. There is a moment where Christian not only plays the piano, but sings and the kitchen scene with the ice cream is insanely hot foreplay and exactly what these movies have been missing. This mega-rich couple is finally starting to loosen up, although there are still plenty of visits to the meticulous Red Room. Just as sex is starting to become a bit more fun, Ana’s former literary boss Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson) is back for revenge against the Greys. There’s more to his motives than meets the eye. Not only are Ana and Christian facing ex-psycho boss issues, but they are struggling with all of the issues that any couple does, from communication to work, babies and who is going to cook dinner. This is erotica on the mild side, but still a thrill is a thrill. (Movies are rated out of 5 stars)
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