12 major differences between 'Fifty Shades Freed' the movie and the book
Paging Dr. Flynn!
Fifty Shades Freed the movie is great fun, regardless of how familiar you are with the book. Either way, the drill is familiar by now: it's an impossible task to fit every single detail and timeline into a film adaptation, otherwise, you’d be in the theater watching Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan for 12 hours without a pee break to spare.
Here's a list of 12 major components that the movie left out from the original instances which happen in the book. A word of caution: major spoilers ahead.
12. Christian doesn’t order Ana to have a full bladder before they have boat sex during their honeymoon
They do, however, have sex while Ana’s wrists are handcuffed to her ankles, just like the book. But back to the not peeing thing: in the book, he makes Ana gulp down her gin and tonic and warns, “I’m going to make an example of you.” He later explains, “The fuller your bladder, the more intense your orgasm.”
11. The Grey security team is slightly shuffled for the movie
For starters, Barney does not exist in Freed (he’s not in Darker, either). In the scene where Ana and Christian are reviewing security footage of the Grey Enterprise Holdings Inc. server room fire started by Hyde, the movie has this conversation taking place on the yacht during their honeymoon, not at home at Escala. They’re also speaking to Ros, not Barney.
10. Movie Ana doesn’t shave her pubic hair
In the book, Christian has a reaction to this discovery, and eventually finishes the job for her. On the topic of body hair, though, movie Ana is oddly obsessed with commenting on her husband’s facial hair. In her office, she reminds him to shave his face. And at home (just like the book), she gives him a haircut.
9. The car chase happens after they visit their future home in the movie
In the book, it’s after brunch with Christian’s parents. But in both versions, he surprises Ana by letting her drive his Audi.
8. Mrs. Jones and Taylor are not a thing in the movie
Next to Christian and Ana, these two were unstoppable in the book.
7. Jack actually sneaks up from behind and grabs Ana when he breaks into Escala
In the book, he’s already been apprehended by Ryan by the time Ana gets back to the apartment after a night of drinking with Kate. In the movie, it’s Prescott who takes Jack down. Hot Sawyer also chips in.
6. They actually have good weather in the movie and go hiking in Aspen
In the book, the group gets rained out, giving way to Mia’s brilliant idea of “Girls, shopping – boys, outdoor boring stuff.” This translates to Christian going fishing. In the movie, they all go hiking without Christian, who mysteriously stays behind and chats with Taylor about files he just got on Jack.
5. Jack goes to court!
And Ana appears in court while wearing the worst disguise of all time. And they make eye contact as he passes her while wearing an orange jumper. This is most definitely not in the book.
4. Ana’s birthday Audi, an R8, does not exist
In fact, they don’t even celebrate her 22nd birthday in the movie, so you can forget about those moving scenes between Ana and her mom at her birthday dinner in Portland.
3. Hyde’s note in the movie says, “You owe me a life."
In the book, Christian says it’s something to the tune of, “Do you know who I am, because I know who you are, Baby Bird,” referring to the name their foster mom used to call Christian. They’re both poorly-constructed notes, but I guess “You owe me a life” gets his point across faster.
2. Ana tells Christian she’s found his birth mother’s grave and they actually visit it
It’s a tender moment leading up to the glorious montage of Fifty Shades movie flashbacks. There’s no mention of Christian’s birth mother’s gravesite in the book.
1. “That GQ profile on you? I love what you’re doing in Africa.”
Gia Matteo, the architect and part-time jewelry expert who used to date Elliot, says this to Christian as she shows him and Ana the house they’re about to renovate. What is this profile you speak of, Gia? And what has Christian been doing in Africa? While this ridiculous line is on par with the other memorable one-liners from the book, E.L. James most certainly did not write this in Freed.
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