Fifty Shades Freed (Review)

I'm not going to lie, I'm kind of devastated the Fifty Shades trilogy is over. After reading the books, I was so excited I got to relive moments on screen with a stunning cast. Watching Fifty Shades of Grey was eye-opening and having it followed by Fifty Shades Darker was intense. I went to see Fifty Shades Freed on opening night and let's just say I was emotional.

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I have to say, I was really impressed with the very beginning few scenes of the film. Despite missing out a few parts from the book, the film quickly starts with the wedding and while short and sweet, it was very beautifully shot. Then the honeymoon sequence blew me away.

Some of my favourite memories of the books come from the moments while Ana and Christian are on their honeymoon. While I am disappointed not to see them all translate to the big screen, I do think that it was a very clever way to get in so many beautiful locations and moments in such a short space of time, as to not bore those that aren't interested in the finer details.
Also, I can't be the only one to think the Fifty Shades soundtracks are absolutely insane. I swear it's hit after hit and each song perfectly matches the scenes. It's almost as if every song was written for the scene. With not only incredible acting but seemingly flawless song matching, the scenes are constantly goosebump inducing.
Throughout the films, it's been interesting to see the cast develop. It's crazy to see how much the cast have aged *cough cough Christian Grey* but more so, is Ana's style and her fashion. Her hair looks more and more beautiful and her outfits get more and more beautiful. In the first few minutes, all I could concentrate on was how beautiful she looked, scene after scene. Each was on point and the looks were all just stunning. I'm in awe of the beauty of Dakota Johnson, but also the talent of the costume designers who really outdid themselves. Just look at the honeymoon looks!
The only negative I really have about the film in it's entirety is the lack of sex scenes. Is that odd to say? I just think we were almost left lacking in the passionate and sexy scenes, so that more of the drama and relationship troubles could be further developed. Had this franchise not become famous because of the hardcore erotic novel, perhaps it would be different but personally, I thought it was a little too soft.

Following on from that, admittedly, some of the most awkward and cringe-iest scenes were excluded. I have to say I'm pretty disappointed because I was ridiculously excited to see how they would be portrayed but I was totally prepared for the laughs. If you've read the books I'll just say intimate shaving and breast milk. Get it? Got it!
I think the emotion just about reached climax when the film closes with a beautiful montage of the newly married couple's relationship together. With scenes from all three films, the journey and how much they've overcome makes the entire audience completely jealous of all that they encompass. Who doesn't what that - maybe without the drama - lifestyle?

I may have shed just a few tears. I think I'm just in awe of the journey the characters have gone through and I remember reading the books on holiday in Portugal so many years ago when everyone was raving about it. I think the way the books have translated onto screen, while completely different to the way I imagined, they've been done so beautifully and carefully; it's very artful in a way. Cinematic magic.

What I way to end the trilogy of the century. Here's to jaw-dropping moments and making the unacceptable acceptable. I love how much this franchise has changed mindsets and some people's lives. Here's to more soon.

Ps. If you don't mind spoilers, I love this article pointing out some of the differences from the book translation which I did miss, despite loving the film.