Thursday, September 15, 2016

Movie Review: Bridget Jones's Baby

Making this rom-com into a trilogy, Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) finds herself alone again in her forties as a top producer for a popular news channel. Her relationship with international human rights lawyer Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) did not work out in the ten years since The Edge of Reason and her other romance disappeared in a plane crash. Bridget wants to recapture her youth as her mother encourages to hurry up and get pregnant.

The third installment is the funniest yet with plenty of familiar gags and awkwardly embarrassing gaffes as Bridget advises her news anchor friend Miranda (Sarah Solemani) takes her cues from Bridget who has never had much luck at public speaking. Miranda tricks Bridget into going to a wild music festival where Bridget falls into bed with a wealthy dating website mogul Jack (Patrick Dempsey). Bridget then returns to a christening where she falls into bed with Mark.

When Bridget discovers that she's pregnant, it creates quite a predicament since she cannot determine who is the father. Both men step in to compete and woo Bridget in a desperate attempt to prove they would be the best father while they wait to identify the real father. There are a lot of laughs along the way as both Firth and Dempsey add charm to their roles with Zellweger shining in her return to the beloved character. The physical comedy is toned down a bit as Bridget spends more time pregnant but they still find plenty of ways to make an audience laugh.

Despite one major absence, much of the cast of friends returned with a cameo thrown in. The movie features nice shots of beautiful London as the director of the original Sharon Maguire returns. The film features updates as a lot has changed. Bridget now writes her diary on a computer, online dating is more prominent and acceptable, and even some politics get thrown in as Bridget's mother runs a local campaign.

The whole Bridget Jones series had some interesting stuff to say and embodies the romantic comedy drama with love triangles and sappy happy-ever-after endings and this third installment is no different. I think this will end the series but if the film achieves success at the box office perhaps they would bring Bridget back for another.  

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