The final installment of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy is heading to a cinema near you very soon.
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are back as Christian and Ana in the third big screen adaptation of E.L James’ books.
Unlike the two year gap between the first two films, fans will be happy to know that the third film returns after only a year since Fifty Shades Darker was released.
As fans of the hit books know, the leading couple will tie the knot in the third outing – however, Ana’s life is threatened when former boss, Jack swears revenge for being fired from SIP.
So, what can we expect to happen in Fifty Shades Freed? And who is in the cast?
When is Fifty Shades Freed out in the UK?
The third and final film in the big screen adaptations of E.L James’ racy books is due to hit UK cinema on Friday 9 February, the week before Valentine’s Day.
Fifty Shades Freed is directed by Fifty Shades Darker’s James Foley and produced by Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Marcus Viscidi, alongside E L James.
What is the Fifty Shades Freed running time?
The film running time is 105 minutes.
What is the Fifty Shades Freed certificate?
The film is a certificate 18.
Who is in the cast of Fifty Shades Freed?
- Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele
- Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey
- Kim Basinger as Elena Lincoln
- Luke Grimes as Elliot Grey
- Max Martini as Taylor
- Eric Johnson as Jack Hyde
- Eloise Mumford as Kate Kavanagh
- Marcia Gay Harden as Grace Trevelyan Grey
- Rita Ora as Mia Grey
- Callum Keith Rennie as Ray Steele
‘Antebellum’ has a ‘Get Out’ vibe, but doesn’t live up to its twist
“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definite..
“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definitely shouldn’t be spoiled even a little. Once that revelation is absorbed, however, the movie becomes less distinctive and inspired, reflecting an attempt to tap into the zeitgeist that made “Get Out” a breakthrough, without the same ability to pay off the premise.
Originally destined for a theatrical run, the movie hits digital platforms trumpeting a “Get Out” pedigree in its marketing campaign, since there’s an overlap among the producing teams.
More directly, the film marks the directing debut of Gerard Bush + Christopher Renz, who have championed social-justice issues through their advertising work. The opening script features a quote from author William Faulkner, whose intent will eventually become clearer: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
If that sounds like a timely means of drawing a line from the horrors of slavery to the racism of today, you’ve come to the right place.
The story begins on a plantation, where the brutal overseers carry out grisly punishments against those tilling the fields. A few have just tried to escape, led by Veronica (Janelle Monae), and they pay a heavy price for their resistance, which does nothing to curb her defiance.
Also written by Bush + Renz, the script take too long before revealing what makes “Antebellum” different, but the middle portion — a “The Twilight Zone”-like phase when it’s hard to be sure exactly what’s going on — is actually the film’s strongest. (Even the trailer arguably gives away too much, so the less one knows, the better.)
The final stretch, by contrast, veers into more familiar thriller territory, and feels especially rushed toward the end, leaving behind a host of nagging, unanswered questions. That provides food for thought, but it’s also what separates the movie from something like “Get Out,” which deftly fleshed out its horror underpinnings.
Although the filmmakers (in a taped message) expressed disappointment that the movie wasn’t making its debut in theaters, in a strange way, the on-demand format somewhat works in its favor. In the press notes, Bush says the goal was “to force the audience to look at the real-life horror of racism through the lens of film horror. We’re landing in the middle of the very conversations that we hoped ‘Antebellum’ would spur.”
“Antebellum” should add to that discussion, so mission accomplished on that level. Monae is also quite good in her first leading film role (she did previously star in the series “Homecoming’s” second season), but otherwise, most of the characters remain underdeveloped.