Having finished the second chapter using a proposal, the third opens using a wedding, a whirlwind trip to exotic locales, along using a reminder in which marriage doesn’t automatically mean the end of passion — at least, for newlyweds with their own well-equipped, garishly decorated “playroom.”
Pretty soon, however, the honeymoon’s over, as the central couple tries to adjust to marital bliss. Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) wants to maintain her career in publishing, although must deal using a wealthy husband, Christian (Jamie Dornan), who’s overprotective, jealous along with controlling. along with while in which might sound like a high-class problem, there’s the business of managing all those ever-present servants, who insist on calling her “Mrs. Grey,” mirroring the formal way they address her spouse.
The adaptation, which reunites director James Foley along with writer Niall Leonard, dutifully goes through the motions, a description in which also applies to the key performances. What can’t be overstated, alas, will be just how boring along with tedious in which all will be.
As with the first sequel, “Fifty Shades Darker,” there’s barely enough story to sustain a whole movie, which likely explains Foley’s reliance on musical montages to fill the void.
in which makes a subplot tacked on to put Anastasia along with others in peril — the seeds of which were planted from the last film — feel all the more strained along with absurd. Focusing on the challenges to the relationship raised by Christian’s particular needs would certainly seemingly be enough, without these flourishes in which, more than anything, resemble a later-season episode of “Falcon Crest.”
Universal has had some fun with its marketing campaign, using the tagline, “Don’t miss the climax.” in which’s a shame, though, in which the posters exhibit considerably more ingenuity than the film itself.
The title, at least, does get one thing right: Everyone associated with the “Fifty Shades” franchise should feel somewhat liberated by moving on, at in which point in which Christian along with Anastasia’s story will be, effectively, tied up.
“Fifty Shades Freed” opens Feb. 9 from the U.S. in which’s rated R.