The Fifty Shades Freed movie gets a new trailer – one that drops a bombshell about Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) at the very end. Preceded by Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) and Fifty Shades Darker (2017), Fifty Shades Freed will be the final installment in the popular book-turned movie franchise and is scheduled for release on February 9, right before Valentine’s Day this year.
Based on the best-selling novels by E.L. James, the Fifty Shades Trilogy focuses upon the troubled romance between executive assistant Anastasia Steele and her billionaire boss, Christian Grey. While their relationship starts off as a purely sexual one, fueled by an exploration of bondage and submission, true love does bloom between the two in time. Ana and Christian’s former lovers emerge to try and break them apart, but they are unsuccessful. As Fifty Shades Freed opens, the couple are preparing to get married, unaware that their respective pasts will come back to haunt them yet again.
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The new trailer, released to the official Fifty Shades YouTube Channel, is largely identical to the first trailer for Fifty Shades Freed. The chief difference lies its conclusion, in which Anastasia is informed that she is pregnant.
The Fifty Shades series has long been a source of controversy. First seeing life as a Twilight fan fiction, literature critics savaged the original books and lamented the state of modern publishing and the fact that this sort of material could see print outside of a vanity publishing house. Various religious watchdog groups condemned the books for their sexual content. They found a surprising ally among BDSM practitioners, who took author E.L. James to task for her failure to properly research the subject and glorifying domestic abuse.
The films based on the books proved equally controversial. Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson has been candid about her arguments with E.L. James during filming and how the unprecedented control James was given over the production hindered all of the artists working on the production. Other creators confirmed Taylor-Johnson’s grievances and many film critics noted how visibly uncomfortable actors Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan appeared during the films’ love scenes, which James lobbied to make as hard-core as possible within the confines of an R-rating.
Despite these criticisms, Fifty Shades Freed is expected to be a financial success. The previous two films together earned over $950 million globally. It’s a safe bet at this point that fans of the films and the original books will not be persuaded to abandon their fandom, regardless of what the critics say.
Source: Universal Pictures
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