‘50 Shades Freed’ fails to satisfy fans in final film

The end of the infamous “50 Shades” trilogy hit theatres on Friday, Feb. 9. As I anticipated, the film continued to misrepresent the real nature of bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism in a plot featuring various cliche and boring elements that reminded me of a low budget CW series. To top it off, the acting performances of Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are monotonous, and if there are any inconsistencies in this review, it is probably because the tape holding my eyelids open wore off, and I accidentally snoozed for a few minutes.

First and foremost, regardless of my dislike for this movie, I would like to state that the idea behind the “50 Shades” trilogy is unique and certainly should be more prevalent in mainstream films. It serves as a “revival of another genre that has all but disappeared from Hollywood: the erotic thriller,” according to a review published in Time Magazine.

Nudity and sensuality, not to be confused with the aggressive and hurried sex scenes which are commonplace in 21st century American films, are not widely explored. I am glad E.L. James re-introduced the mainstream audience to an erotic based story because it is important to understand sexuality is a beautiful aspect of life.

However, I truly believe all of the “50 Shades” movies incorrectly depict the BDSM practice, and show an abusive and power-driven relationship.

Contrary to popular belief, no, the two are not synonymous.

“50 Shades Freed” was a bit less erotic and sexually-graphic than the previously released films. Right from the beginning, it was obvious that true love is a central theme, as the film opens with Christian and Ana’s wedding.

While this motion picture appeared to calm down on the abusive and carnal nature it falsely claims to be BDSM, Christian still displayed his forceful tendencies during their honeymoon when he refused to let Steele sunbathe topless.

After returning to Seattle, his inclinations became more disgusting when he refused to let his wife drive their Audi R8 to meet architect Gia Matteo. However, do not worry, because she proved worthy of driving the big-boy sports car after putting Gia in her place for flirting with Christian. But hey, at least she ditched the menace Jack Hyde in the exciting high-speed chase which followed, right?

Oh, this is awkward. It seems I have gotten pretty far into the plot and forgot to mention Jack is back. What a surprise!

The former editor of Seattle Independent Publishing returned for revenge after being fired in “50 Shades Darker” after he tried to assault Ana. He first attempted arson in Christian’s office building and was behind the wheel of the blue Durango with the fake license plates that mysteriously tailed the couple to and from their new house.

Shortly following the pursuit, Christian left for a business trip and insisted Ana go straight home from work every day, staying close to their personal bodyguards. Instead, she went to the bar with her best friend Kate Kavanagh.

The same night, she arrived home and Jack was waiting in her room with a knife. The second big shocker of the flick.

Jack was quickly apprehended by Ana’s bodyguards in an actionless and uneventful effort to create suspense and drama. From this point on, Jack did not appear on screen until his court hearing and a brief appearance in one of Ana’s dreams.

As if the movie was not already empty enough, a few subplots began to emerge that did not come close to full development. When the couple flew to Aspen for a quick getaway with friends, Steele was adamant she witnessed Elliot Grey, who is dating Kate, flirting with another woman. Then, out of nowhere and with very little explanation, Elliott proposed to Kate. The moment was rushed and has no significance.

On a more exciting note, the Greys foud out Ana is pregnant, and Christian threw a drunken temper tantrum about his wife “choosing the baby over him.” Surprisingly, the most interesting part of the movie was during this spat, when Ana found out he paid a visit to his former mistress, Elena Robinson.

Even though my disapproval of this movie has spoiled just about every aspect of it, I will leave the ending untouched. Please, trust me when I say it is predictable, not well thought out and unsatisfactory.

Behind the thoughtless story were disappointing acting performances in a large portion of the movie. To be honest, I am not sure if Jamie’s acting was bad because he managed to play an emotionless character poorly, or if he was playing the part so well that it simply came off that way. Regardless, he reminds me of a more attractive Nicholas Cage during the whole film.

I saw more emotion from Dakota in “50 Shades Freed,” but it was still hard to connect with her, especially in her multiple moments of peril. When Jack held the knife to her neck in his attempted kidnapping, her response was bland and did not change the mood of the film in that moment. I do not necessarily know what it is like to have a knife to my neck, but I am assuming I would be rather distraught.

On a brighter note, I want to give a shout out to Brant Daugherty, who played Sawyer, one of Ana’s bodyguards. I genuinely thought he played his character very well, and I hope to see him in more major films in the future.

The “50 Shades” franchise had an incredible amount of potential, and “50 Shades Freed” could have been a fantastic film. A plethora of excellent stories could surface out of the erotic thriller genre, but sadly this movie is not an example of such a tale. With a misrepresented sexual custom, inadequate plot and mostly subpar acting, I highly doubt Mr. Grey will be seen for much longer.