What many fail to understand is that Fifty Shades Freed, along with Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker, are adaptations of books written by E. L. James. Not just that, but they were originally written as online fan-fiction for another hugely successful franchise, the Twilight Saga. While many are quick to call the story lame, the characters flat, and their motivations purely sexual, let’s not forget all this comes straight from James’ books, warts and all. It shouldn’t come as a surprise the films are equally torrid. After all, these films are adaptations, not revivals.
Screenwriter Niall Leonard starts off Fifty Shades Freed where the last film ended, with Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) accepting Christian Grey’s (Jamie Dornan) marriage proposal. The audience witnesses their lavish wedding and then accompanies the newlyweds on their honeymoon to various cities in Europe. Unfortunately, after a quick visit to a nude beach and a short sexual rendezvous on their yacht, the fun ends, as the series’ antagonist Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson) causes an explosion at Grey House causing Christian and Ana to rush home to Seattle.