“50 Shades Freed,” the third and final movie in the controversial series based of “50 Shades of Grey” by E. L. James, was released Feb. 9.
The first movie brought up issues of women’s consent/respect and abusing power in relationships which were overlooked due to the movie’s popularity.
In the books and movies, Anastasia “Ana” Steele (Dakota Johnson) is punished with sexual acts after she “disobeys” her partner Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). He treats their relationship like a business deal with contracts and rules.
In the new film, Christian and Ana get married, and it appears their contracts and rules have mostly disappeared from their relationship. The first few minutes display their marriage and their honeymoon, making their life appear perfect… only to be interrupted by Jack Hyde.
Jack is Ana’s former boss who tried to sexually assault her, resulting in his termination at their office at the end of the second book. He comes back for revenge, starting a fire in Christian’s corporate headquarters. This fire both literally and metaphorically heats things up, causing chaos between Christian, Ana and Jack.
In 2015, when the series first started, sexual abuse was mentioned but ultimately overlooked. However, since the #MeToo movement started in 2017, the movie started getting backlash for the content it promoted.
Comedian Bill Maher spoke about this issue on one of his recent TV segments. He questions why this is one of the most popular movies out right now when it’s a movie about “a woman on a leash.”
Despite the first two movies being extremely boring and controversial, the third one actually has a plot, is somewhat interesting and promotes consensual relationships. It’s labeled as a drama, but comes across more as a poorly-written action film with sex after everything.
The movie’s sales plummeted a noticeable 14 percent than the previous movie making only $18 million on the first day, as opposed to the $21.4 million for “Fifty Shades Darker” and $30 million for “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
The reviews were rough, as it received a 13 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a 4.2 out of 10 on IMDb.
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