Can whips and chains lead to love, marriage and the baby carriage? That’s the premise of “Fifty Shades Freed,” the last installment in the sado-masochistic movie series. But who can believe it?
You may recall, Anastasia (Dakota Johnson), a young intern, was enthralled by powerful mogul Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) during an interview.
He took an interest in her, too–as his love slave. He introduces her to his secret dungeon and demands submission to his whips and chains.
She complies out of fear, curiosity and desire. And, well, love blooms.
And what’s not to like? Christian lives the life of a 1 percenter, complete with exotic cars, luxury vacations and a condo to die for in New York City.
The movies, “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “Fifty Shades of Darkness” proved to be chick magnets in theaters.
But what do the films say about women, especially in the #MeToo era?
At last night’s Golden Globes, Hollywood’s top actresses made it clear “time’s up” on high-powered sexual predators in our culture.
So how do you reconcile Anastasia Steele against that backdrop.
Novelist E. L. James, who wrote the books on which the movie is based, seems to have taken the easy way out. He marries up the couple and before long, Anastasia is pregnant. (Better to lock in a fat divorce settlement?)
But can a dominant-submissive relationship really end that way? It’s not exactly what Christian wanted when he got into the relationship.
According to psychologists, taking on a role of compliance or helplessness is a form of therapeutic escape from deep-seated problems, such as stress and guilt.
Likewise, those on the receiving end are usually motivated by a desire, associated with childhood, to feel safe and protected.
As a married couple, however, the problems facing Anastasia and Christian are shifted to outside sources.
Ana’s life is threatened when her former boss, Jack Hyde, swears revenge for being fired from SIP. Christian’s mother, Elena, also returns to haunt Christian and makes the couple’s lives miserable, according to a movie synopsis.
In the end, sadomasochism involves a dominant and submissive person. It’s about power and control.
Isn’t that what Hollywood was all about during the Harvey Weinstein era?
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