Fifty Shades

– At Your Discretion – R, Drama, Romance

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Wow. I do not remember the last time I left a movie feeling like it was that much of a waste of time.

Here’s the thing, I’m sure the environment is what makes this movie. If you go with a couple dozen of your girlfriends, this would be something fun. All of these PureRomance parties are where this movie has to be making it’s money, because it can’t be from casual movie-goers. The basic (and really only) plot line for this movie is a carry over from the previous film. The focus is on Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and Christian Grey’s (Jamie Dornan) life following their wedding. A wrench is thrown in to all of their plans when Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson) comes back for his revenge.

Listen, I know no one is clamoring for this movie to receive any sort of award, but there is still a certain standard that movies should be held to before they hit the big screen. This movie has less of a plot than your standard straight to DVD flick. Sure, it’s flashy. We have expensive cars, houses, and clothes. Therein lies the problem. Fifty Shades Freed promotes a heavily materialistic viewpoint and luxury items are all that Ana and Christian’s relationship has to offer. I walked out of the theater feeling no different than how I walked in. I don’t know that I’ve ever gone to a movie and left not having felt a single emotion the entire time, but now at least I can say that I’ve had that experience. It’s pretty bad when you sit through a sex scene and are bored from beginning to end.

If you do watch this movie, there are very few positives to look out for. Jamie Dornan’s acting ability is certainly not one of them. Wooden and robotic can not begin to describe what you’re in for whenever Mr. Grey is on screen. The same can not be said for Ana. I was pleasantly surprised with Dakota Johnson’s performance here. Now, the script is a real draw back, because I honestly feel like she could have done much more had any sort of story been there to fall back on. There just wasn’t. The few interesting plot points we had are soon disregarded for the main and far more uninteresting one. We start this movie off with two bodyguards for Anastasia, and somehow are down to one by the end. There is no real explanation for anything that happens along this train wreck of a plot.

All in all, if you’re looking for something to go and see this weekend, Fifty Shades Freed is not it. Do not waste your money to see this movie on the big screen. Go see Black Panther or Hostiles instead. If you’re around Lincoln, NE, there is a showing for most of the Oscar contenders over at The Grand. Let us know what you went to see over the weekend or what you want to see us review next!

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