Fifty Shades Freed          review by Bobby Blakey

I will admit I was not a fan of the previous two entries in the Fifty Shades series as I felt they both felt forced and was overall just really boring. When I saw the trailers for the final chapter Fifty Shades Freed it still didn’t do much for me, but it at least looked like they were offering up some more thriller like tones to it. The concern is that the trailer for the second film did the same thing and failed to deliver so could this final entry finally step up the game to this story to make it something worth checking out or will it suffer from the same missteps of the previous two films?

Fifty Shades Freed follows newlyweds Christian and Ana fully who embrace an inextricable connection and shared life of luxury believing they have left behind shadowy figures from their past. 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. Despite my hatred for the first two films in the franchise I really tried to go into this one with an open mind and while it is better than the first two films it still suffers from the same issues. It continues to baffle me how a film that’s main focus is about sex can be so slow and boring. The film plays like the late night Cinemax adult films with a bigger budget offering little more than drab storytelling.

This time around I will give them credit as it felt like there was at least an attempt at some intrigue with the stalker presence, but this really only takes up a small portion of the film. The rest of the film is really seeing how unhealthy this relationship really is. Half of this film could have been cut since it is literally just a series of sequences setting them up to have sex. This would be fine and good if the sequences offered up anything than was more than average and uninteresting. When not having sex they spend their time being controlling, jealous and overall untrusting to every move they make. This so called romantic tale began with it being about control in the first film, giving in in the second and leading into them being equals of sorts this time around, but in turn making them no longer compatible. This could have worked had either of the leads had chemistry, but it just isn’t there.

In the end this chapter offered up a tiny hint more than just their sexual escapades, but was still a predictable generic story that offered little to this already uninteresting world. Obviously this film has its audience and will be successful, so what I think really doesn’t matter. I so wanted to be wrong and have this final chapter sway me into appreciating and enjoying the franchise as a whole, but instead was more concerned thinking of why people felt this untrusting relationship worked.  

This release not only includes both theatrical and unrated cuts of the film but also bonus content including music videos, deleted scenes, and featurettes taking you behind bringing this popular book to life. Witness the final chapter of the saga when Fifty Shades Freed available now on Digital HD and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on May 8th from Universal Home Entertainment.

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