Friday, 23 September 2016
Bridget Jones's Baby film review
Went to see this film with my Mum at the Leeds/Bradford Odeon.
In this Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones's Diary, Incendiary) directed film, written by Helen Fielding (screenplay and novel), Dan Mazer (screenplay - I Give it a Year, The Dictator) and Emma Thompson (screenplay - Love Actually, Saving Mr Banks), stars Renée Zellweger (Jerry Maguire, Chicago) once again as the hapless-in-love Bridget Jones.
Finding herself single again on her birthday, she resolves to change things and goes to a Festival with her work colleague Miranda (Sarah Solemani - Hector, Mrs Henderson Presents) where she sleeps with a good-looking American stranger, Jack Qwant (Patrick Dempsey - Made of Honour, Enchanted). Shortly later she meets up with her ex Mark Darcy (Colin Firth - Kingsman: The Secret Service, The King's Speech) where they share also a passionate night.
Weeks later Bridget realises that she is pregnant, but upon going to the doctor's (enter the fabulous Emma Thompson as Dr Rawling) and hinting at working out the dates, the doctor and she cannot say for sure who the father is.
In typical Bridget fashion, she decides to contact both of them separately and tell them that each is the father, without telling either about the other one; she does tell her own father (the excellent character actor Jim Broadbent - Cloud Atlas, Gangs of New York) the truth, but decides to keep it from her mother (comic timing genius Gemma Jones - Bridget Jones's Diary, Sense and Sensibility) for the time being as she would be a bit too thrilled at the news), which leads to a great comedic set up in who is the father.
Again, Zellweger is perfect as the British Bridget and Firth the upper crust gentleman lawyer with a heart; the scene where he is told of the pregnancy particularly poignant, but the laughs mainly come at the absurdity of the situation where two potential fathers support Bridget through the pregnancy.
Yes you root for Darcy, because of his personality, their history and just because it is Colin Firth, but also because underneath his 'trying to be the perfect boyfriend/father-to-be', the billionaire American just isn't sincere. No one is that perfect either on paper or in real life and also, because even though Hugh Grant's Daniel Cleaver character was alluded to only at the funeral and at the very end of the movie, you feel in your bones that Jack is just another false romantic lead for her to follow. Yet it does leave us wondering if we could just be biased because it is Colin, leaving us guessing right until the very end.
Maybe the newspaper clipping in one of the finishing scenes hint at setting us up for another film or perhaps they will leave Bridget to live happily ever after with her Baby Daddy.
Trivia: Bridget Jones is the first trilogy featuring exclusively female directors, Ed Sheeran revealed his cameo in the movie by instagram of a photo of himself and Zellweger and Firth revealed that in this movie, his rival was more intimidating than Daniel Cleaver as "Mark didn't think Daniel was better than him. This guy Jack seems to be more of the charming good guy, and in some ways that's scarier."
Tagline: We're going to need bigger pants. 7.5/10