Bridget Jones's Baby review
Being a twenty something male, I can say that I’ve had my segments where I’ve been single for a while. Some people (especially my parents) have seen this as depressing, but I feel fine. In fact, I see a lot of advantages of being single at this age. I have a lot of freedom of choosing what I want to do, its easy to be open for events my friends have, and it gives plenty of focus to work on my projects. That’s not to say that I’m trying to stay single as I often look for women as potential dates. But I guess a lot of people saw that single life isn’t bad when you look at the life of Bridget Jones.
Both Bridget Jones’s Diary and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason gave everyone insight on this thirty something British woman who was dealing with relationship woes while being overweight and an alcoholic. I haven’t seen those other movies, but can give it a lot of respect for doing well and giving Renée Zellweger an Oscar nomination. A third movie had been in development hell for a while until the diary opened up once more for Bridget Jones’s Baby.
On her forty-third birthday, Bridget Jones (played by Renée Zellweger) contemplates how that she’s the last in her group of friends who is single. Everyone else seems to have settled down with a family while she spends her evening blowing out a candle on a cupcake and drinking wine while rapping to House of Pain’s “Jump Around”. At least she has a good job as a news producer, though with a snobbish new boss, that might be up in the air. She first attends a festival where she meets and eventually sleeps with an American Internet success, Jack Qwant (played by Patrick Dempsey). A week later, She attends the funeral for Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant’s character from the other movies) when she runs into her ex-boyfriend, Mark Darcy (played by Colin Firth). They too have a one-night stand.
She finds out that she’s pregnant but is unsure who the father is. Though she contacts both of them and they both want to be there for her, she doesn’t tell either about the other guy. Through the nine months, she tries to figure who she really wants to be with, gets advice from her gynecologist Dr. Rawling (played by Emma Thompson), and considers that a child will finally get her to settle down.
Within the time when the original movie and this, it seems that Renée Zellweger still has the comedic chops to portray this British woman. She gets a lot of good jokes and manages to make her scenario very funny. It’s hard to make pregnant funny (with the exception of Baby Mama), but I was surprised with how much I laughed. Rather then going for the grosser material that a lot of bad movies steer in, they poke a lot about the expectations that parents are faced. Do they fill their juices with a lot of kale and bad tasting minerals or do hey go with what they feel is right?
Colin Firth has always done well as the upper crust, no nonsense personality and yet manages to deliver a lot of laughs out of his flat delivery. Patrick Dempsey represents a lot of parents I see these days; always wanting healthy and considering emotional compassion without much of the childhood that I think is missing these days. The movie stretches itself too far, considering it’s over two hour running time. Had it been shorter and more focused (they should have cut the parents side story), the movie might have been one of the best comedies of the year.
I’ll give this four computer diaries out of five. It may not be great, but Bridget Jones’s Baby has it’s moments and got a couple of laughs out of me. Fans of the original movies will probably like it along with those that can relate. That diary just might have something for you to enjoy.