Very bizarre and inconsistent film, most noticeably in cinematography and performance, but kind of across the board. Some of the scenes are impeccably acted and there are more than a few gorgeous shots, but at other times the directing choices just feel totally out of whack. The flashback sequences are totally uninspired and unnecessary. Still, the themes are consistent throughout and really well articulated through visuals. The score is absolutely amazing.
I saw this tequila-drunk and without any knowledge of the story of the previous two movies, but my inability to make sense of the plot here had nothing to do with a lack of prior-knowledge or an abundance of alcohol. There is no A-Plot, at least not until the last twenty minutes; there is no rhyme or reason to the way plot lines are picked up and immediately abandoned without any resolution. All of the sex scenes are so mind-bendingly vanilla I'm confused why anyone thinks these books are hot. This film is missionary position.