Bridget Jones's Baby, Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth charm at the premiere
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Oct 02, 2016,
Oct 02, 2016, 5:53
Emma Thompson (left) and Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones's Baby. Two exceptions are Bridget's father, Colin-filled with a depth of emotion that far exceeds Jim Broadbent's criminal lack of screen time-and Bridget's physician, Dr. Rawlings (Emma Thompson). Jack Qwant (Patrick Dempsey) now occupies that corner of the love triangle: He's a charming, cocksure American tech mogul who knows how to pitch woo.
So when Bridget discovers she's pregnant, she doesn't know who the father is, Jack or Mark. The film just assumes this as fact, balancing Bridget's wryly self-deprecating inner monologue alongside the external perspective that sees her for the fetching beauty that she is. The screenwriters of the film should have had her discuss it with her doctor or could have opted for the less in your face route of having Bridget write about it in her diary, which is now an iPad. Clearly, some things never get old.
"Bridget is eternally optimistic, self-effacing and finds humor whenever facing adversity".
Let's not kid ourselves, though; as amusing as this movie is, it's equally as predictable. Darcy's dry wit is well suited to the more grown-up Bridget Jones's Baby, and his defense of a Pussy Riot-like band pays off in delightfully droll ways.
The verdict, in a Bridget Jones-ian nutshell: not v. good, but v. enjoyable. Jack and Mark compete against each other to win Bridget's affections, which quickly descends into pettiness, especially because Jack is overly romantic as Mark struggles to express his feelings. This time, everyone's favourite singleton is 43, and although she may have finally got her weight under control, her love life is as much of a mess as ever, and although there may be simple answers in real life, this wouldn't be a Bridget Jones movie if she didn't make a right mess of everything.
Speaking of cute and hilarious, Bridget herself is still a breath of fresh air as a character. Contrast that with the hard-bitten career woman that is the typical lead in romantic comedies such as Mila Kunis's role in "Friends with Benefits", or Natalie Portman's in "No Strings Attached".
'Yeah, why not?' she tells us. There are some things that I wanted to learn and see if I had aptitude for.
Frankly, the most interesting aspect of this recent trend toward long-delayed sequels (think "Finding Dory" and "Independence Day: Resurgence") is what it says about the perceived appetite for nostalgia, as well as films whose theatrical afterlife is robust enough to make studios eager to cash in on known commodities think it's time for a return engagement. Bridget has a lot of catching up to do, and the film never once feels forced in into its assimilation into 2016. It's one of those private, deeply uncool moments that cinema tends not to show us are enacted just as much by middle-aged women as by teenagers, and it's nicely played by Zellweger. You won't regret taking "Bridget Jones's Baby" out for a spin.