On Sunday I saw Fifty Shades Freed, starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan.
In this third (excruciating) installment of the most popular worst trilogy ever made, Anastasia (Johnson) is married to Christian (Dornan) and has to navigate their new life, which includes taking an extravagant honeymoon to France; preparing a new mansion/love nest; 'working' as a book editor and fending off the attacks of her disgruntled former boss (who harbors a secret that involves her husband).
Before you question why I even sat through this, let me provide you two reasons:
1) The films are set in Seattle, near where I live and work, so I enjoy seeing "home" on the screen.
2) My friend's birthday is this week and she planned a girls' night around the film to celebrate.
See—I had no choice. But no, this wasn't good.
Was it fun to hoot and holler at during the saucy scenes? Sure. Was it great to see beautiful scenes of France and Washington? Absolutely.
But dear God, that dialog couldn't be worse. Honestly, Ms. Johnson and Mr. Dornan should get some kind of award just for keeping a straight face during what are supposed to be "dramatic" scenes. They are amazing.
And for pure visual pleasure, I still think we should have had more of Christian than Anastasia, but that's not how it played out.
At least in a few moments Anastasia truly exerted her girl power and took control of her situations.
Small consolation for such a dud.