9/10/2017

First Trailer For 'Fifty Shades Freed' Has One Twisted Honeymoon


Fifty Shades of Grey powered its more than $600M box office with a healthy degree of mystery and curiosity. Those who weren't familiar with E.L. James' books wanted to see what the fuss was about, and those who were wanted to see if Christan Grey and Anastasia Steele's "romance" (there's nothing romantic about them) could steam up the screen. That curiosity was gone for Fifty Shades Darker, and the $400M return shows a lot of people heeded the crushing reviews and stayed home. Will their be even fewer who show up for Fifty Shades Freed?

The first trailer has arrived for the big finale, which thank goodness they didn't try and split it into two unwatchable movies. We'll get just the one, which apparently finds Ana (the usually-great Dakota Johnson, still slummin' it K-Stew style) and Christian (Jamie Dornan, right at home) getting married? Not sure what that's built on other than being mutually screwed-up, but maybe that's the point? I chuckled when Ana was shocked to discover that Christian owns his own plane, as if that's weird for the billion dollar business owner who has been showering her with lavish gifts for two straight movies. Maybe it needs more context. Looks like Eric Johnson's vengeful boss will be returning, too. Ooooh, gunfire.

James Foley is once again directing from a script by E.L. James' husband, Niall Leonard, who was installed for the prior movie when the author pulled a power move. Given the diminishing returns you could make a case the studio was right to fight her, but no matter what everybody's getting paid here.

Fifty Shades Freed opens Valentine's Day 2018. Mark your calendars.