Garland’s unwillingness to compromise has resulted in a film whose ideas and philosophy demand thought and dissection and are not easily dismissed or forgotten.
It sloughs off the generic label that adheres to many films of the genre, providing an experience that is by turns exciting, emotional, and funny.
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The allegorical central subject matter encompasses themes of guilt and cultural repression.
The movie feels like what it is – a moderately low-budget action/adventure outing designed primarily for the Asian market.
Although the screenplay knows how to set things up, it fails to deliver down the stretch, leaving us with a by-the-numbers resolution.
The movie touches on issues of duality and psychology but often uses shock tactics to shake things up.
A forgettable merging of a fish-out-of-water story with a cross-cultural romance, this musical lacks personality.
With doses of magic realism icing a cake assembled using layers of Jungian psychology and quantum mechanics, the movie goes in ambitious and unconventional directions.
Although there are numerous problems with "Fifty Shades Freed," the fundamental one is also the most obvious: the lack of a compelling story.