This week I was very excited to head off to the cinema to see the third Bridget Jones film ‘Bridget Jones Baby’. I absolutely loved the first film and still remember seeing it at the cinema with the whole audience in hysterics. It was such a charming and hilarious romantic comedy with Bridget being so relatable. Ever since I saw it whenever I’m asked ‘What’s your favourite film ? ”Bridget Jones!’ is always the answer.
The second film ‘Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason’ for me didn’t have the same magic as the first .That came out 12 years ago and I hoped Bridget Jones Baby would be more like the original and the good news is it is!
So what’s Bridget Jones Baby about? Well Bridget Jones is now 43 years old (and still single). She goes to a music festival and has a romantic encounter with a stranger named Jack Quant (played by Patrick Dempsey who’s known for playing Dr Derek Shepherd in Grays Anatomy) she then ends up bumping into the love of her life Mark Darcy at a christening. They soon break away from everyone for some alone time and not long after Bridget finds out she’s pregnant! So who’s the father? That’s what the film is about and you find out the answer during the latter stages of the film, it ends with a pretty big cliffhanger!
What I loved about the film was the familiarity. Bridget still has her old flat, hangs around with the same friends and works in television. Her parents are still as crazy as ever and Bridget still finds herself getting into the most embarrassing yet funny situations. Renee Zellweger’s performance as Bridget is outstanding and it’s hard to believe it’s actually an actress from Texas in the role. She nails the accent and is so believable you could easily forget Bridget is a fictional character.
Another standout performance for me was from Sarah Solemani who plays a Newsreader and is a good friend to Bridget. She features in scenes with some laugh at loud comedy moments (especially at the music festival) Surprisingly the film also features Ed Sheeran. He plays himself and is not someone you’d expect to see in this film but it totally works.
So what didn’t I like about the film? Not much! It would have been good to have seen Hugh Grant in the film and it did take me a while to warm up to Patrick Dempsey who’s the new male lead but by the middle of the film I was sold! I found Colin Firth’s performance as Mark Darcy to be a bit too depressing , it would have been good to have seen some more light-hearted moments. The majority of the film saw him sad and grumpy with a cloud of gloom over his head but that’s Mark Darcey and it wouldn’t be the same without him.
All in all I would rate this film five stars out of five, it’s almost on a par with the original. It felt like a catch up with an old friend and there’s definitely scope for a fourth film. Fingers crossed there will be one!
Have you seen Bridget Jones Baby yet? What did you think?