Movies: Our Bridget returns

Bridget Jones’s Baby 

For those of a certain age, this return to Bridget Jone’s struggle to find love and a career in her thirties/forties is a fun-filled two hours and a nice way to complete the journey, which began in “Bridget Jones’s Diary”. It is hard to believe that 15 years have passed since we met this quirky, overweight British girl with no talent for public speaking (and of course there was an opportunity for her to attempt a speech or two again in this sequel) and on a constant quest for love. While I am a huge fan of the original movie, the second film in the series (“Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason”) was one of the duds of this century so it was with some trepidation that I returned to view this closing chapter in the Bridget Jones story. I say closing because the movie ended like it is going to be the last and even if another book was to be written, I can’t see these actors joining up again

I love all the depressing foreign and independent movies that are my normal fare but amidst all of them, it is great to see an old fashioned Rom Com. The film is an homage as well as a farewell to our Bridget and while many of the jokes were a bit tired, the audience was howling out loud throughout much of the movie. Renee Zellwelger has this character down pat. Her comedic timing is excellent. Colin Firth is Colin Firth and he is charming. While I loved Patrick Dempsey on Grey’s Anatomy, he seems to be somewhat of a lightweight in this film and not at the level of the other actors or Hugh Grant who he basically replaced. His character was fairly mushy as well which probably says more about the writers. Emma Thompson was a brilliant addition and every line and facial expression perfect. While I missed Bridget’s trio of best friends who were relegated to the background in this film, a couple of new additions were great. Sarah Solemani as her news anchor was wonderful as was the make-up artist Joanna Scanlan.   I didn’t get enough of the extraordinary Jim Broadbent but one can’t have everything – at least he will be on next season’s Game of Thrones!

For the millennial, this Bridget Jones’s film is going to look tired and silly compared to some of the brilliant offerings on TV about similar 30 something characters trying to make their way through life and love (see Catastrophe for example).   And I’d add that if you didn’t see the original Bridget Jones, I’d skip this new one as I don’t think you’ll have the love for this character to carry you through some of the movie. For the rest of us, it was great and Bridget can now be retired.

 

 

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