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Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016)

Review by CJ

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Director:
Sharon Maguire

Starring:
Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey

Other notable appearances:
Gemma Jones, Jim Broadbent, Sally Phillips, Shirley Henderson, James Callis, Sarah Solemani, Joanna Scanlan, Neil Pearson, Kate O’Flynn, Ed Sheeran, Emma Thompson

Running time:
123 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Love Actually, Nine Months

 

Bridget Jones (Zellweger) returns in her third adventure which takes place 10 years after the events of Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. This time around Bridget is at her perfect weight, she and Mark Darcy (Firth) have broken up with the latter having been married for some time, and she is at the top of her career game.

When Bridget sleeps with the dashing Jack Qwant (Dempsey) and Mark within a couple of weeks of each other while using expired condoms, she falls pregnant. Mayhem and comedy ensue.

I don’t usually love rom-coms but Bridget Jones films are one of my “guilty” little pleasures. Quotation marks because I don’t really feel that guilty about loving the awkward, accident-prone Bridget Jones.

Bridget Jones’s Baby manages to retrace familiar territory while still feeling fresh. Jones has lost weight and stopped smoking but she is still pining over old loves and up for a drink. The plot treads new ground by incorporating a new man; showing several life transitions for Bridget and her old friends; introducing new friends; and, of course, we’ve never seen Bridget pregnant before.

Renée Zellweger slips back into the role of Bridget like someone slipping into a well-loved slippers. She is charming, awkward, funny, and a pleasure to watch. Colin Firth is equally great in his third portrayal of Mark Darcy (fourth of a Mr Darcy). Firth manages to once again make Mark Darcy encompass stuffy, well-mannered, stubborn and huffy all while remaining sweet and charming. Patrick Dempsey was a lot of fun to watch. Dempsey’s character Jack Qwant is very different to the usual antagonist, Daniel Cleaver. Dempsey himself plays the role with an exuberance that makes the over-the-top romantic gestures and touchy feely character not just bearable but quite likeable.

All of that being said, Emma Thompson’s Doctor Rawlings is absolutely the best character in Bridget Jones’s Baby. While her scenes probably wouldn’t total 10 minutes for the entire movie, Thompson steals every scene in which she features. The character of Doctor Rawlings is witty and condescending but manages to still be supportive.

If rom-coms are your bag or you loved the first two Bridget Jones films, rest assured that Bridget Jones’s Baby is a good quality rom-com that even manages to surpass the second film in the series.

Rating:
3.5 Stars

“I’ve got tins of soup in my cupboard older than her.”

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