Bridget Jones’ Baby
Bridget Jones’ Baby is the first movie I’ve been to in ages where everyone in the cinema was laughing just as loudly and embarrassingly as each other. A welcome return to the big screen, Renee Zellweger is back in the role she was born for!
Bridget Jones (Zellweger) finds herself 43, single and struggling to remain relevant in her media profession while surrounded by 20-something-year-olds. Still in the same apartment, we find Bridget celebrating her birthday with a single cupcake and the familiar soundtrack to her life ‘All By Myself’…until she changes the song and we realise this is a new Bridget! After an uncomfortable encounter with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) at the funeral of an old friend, we learn they parted ways after a ten year relationship and Bridget Jones decides it’s time to really get back ‘in the saddle’. Her friend and co-worker Miranda (Sarah Solemani) drags her along on a wild weekend to a music festival where Bridget meets Jack (Patrick Dempsey). Following a brief relapse to her Darcy addiction a few days later at a christening, Bridget finds herself pregnant and without a clue as to who the father might be.
With almost the entire cast returning in better form than ever, Bridget Jones’ Baby couldn’t really go wrong. Gemma Jones and Jim Broadbent are back as Bridget’s ever-delightful Mum and Dad who are still happily together after renewing their vows in the previous instalment. Sally Phillips, Shirley Henderson and James Callis all return as Bridget’s oldest friends Jude, Shazza and Tom but are mostly kept busy with their families and other commitments to be quite as involved with Bridget’s life as they once were.
Renee Zellweger might not win any awards like she did in ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’, but her performance is just as good. Despite all the rumours that have been flying around about her having plastic surgery and drastically changing her appearance, she really does just look like the Bridget we all know and love. Colin Firth as Mark Darcy is still looking great at 55 and still has the whole smouldering look thing down! He is of course still a little bit stuffy and pompous but seemingly just in love with Bridget as ever. Patrick Dempsey as Jack, the billionaire creator of a successful dating website and algorithm for love, and has a 50% chance of being the father of Bridget’s baby provides the necessary conflict for the plot. He does a decent job at being a worthy opponent for Darcy, bringing a very sweet romantic scene to the table and also delivering on the laughs. A scene where Mark and Jack are desperately trying to get Bridget to the hospital literally had me in tears of laughter.
Although the plot and slapstick gags feel a little too familiar and re-hashed from time to time, this is a better addition to the ‘Jones’ films than ‘Edge of Reason’ ever was. If you didn’t enjoy ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’ then this is not the film for you! However, if you’re already a Bridget Jones fan, then this is a must-see! It really does feel like the perfect continuation of Bridget’s story and is a warm, cosy rom-com all on its own.
Rating: M Offensive language and sexual references.