Now showing daily at 2:30pm, 5:30pm and 8:30pm at Bridgnorth’s Majestic Cinema – our Love Bridgnorth film reviewer Charlie Pugh took a step out of his comfort zone when I asked him to review this long anticipated sequel to THE chick-lit heroine of our generation….THANKYOU CHARLIE!
After trying to move on from a break-up with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger) tries to be the best news reporter she can possibly be. But after getting pregnant from two one-night stands with Mark and a American billionaire named Jack (Patrick Dempsey) and with no idea who the father is, she must decide once and for all who her significant other is…
Although the romantic-comedy genre has not had much success in recent years, due to uninteresting conflicts and predicable outcomes, TheBridget Jones series, a modern day reinterpretation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, has managed to stand out thanks to the quirky characters that populate Bridget’s life and her humorous pitfalls as she tries to get her life in balance. Bridget Jones’s Baby keeps the feel of her world intact; her funny self-narration and her numerous calamities remain intact, despite a few of the weaker gags revolving around dated humour such as a “Gangham Style” sequence and the contrived reason for the absence of Hugh Grant’s Daniel Cleaver.
Although the plot revolving around Bridget and Mark’s relationship is starting to feel a tad overplayed, both Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth do have chemistry, and Patrick Dempsey manages to come across as a genuinely likeable ‘other’ love interest, with none of the selfishness of Daniel from the last two movies. Both Jim Broadbent and Gemma Jones once again steal the show as Bridget’s eccentric parents and Emma Thompson, who co-wrote the script, is entertaining as Bridget’s sarcastic doctor.
Overall Bridget Jones’s Baby may not be appealing to everyone, but sweet moments and character performances put it in a class above the rest of the RomCom milieu.