Academy Award winner Renee Zellweger (Best Supporting Actress, COLD MOUNTAIN, 2003; CHICAGO) and Hugh Grant (LOVE ACTUALLY, TWO WEEKS NOTICE) star in a delightful comedy about the ups and downs of modern romance.
My Mom and I decided we wanted to go see Bridget Jones' Baby in theaters, so we had to do a little marathon to catch up. I loved this movie because I thought that the way it was written and they way Zellweger delivered was very fluid. I was a film major so I can get very critical about what I watch which has since ruined some classics for me, but I can easily say that I thoroughly enjoyed this film. Everyone should watch it.
Not very often do I say that the movie was better than the book, but I do in the case of "Bridget Jones' Diary."
While the book was okay -- can't remember if I reviewed it yet, but I'd give it three stars -- I really can't figure out how someone was able to adapt the story into this great movie, which I've watched more times than I can remember. I'm a huge P & P fan, and I just feel that the movie portrayed the relationship between Bridget and Mr. Darcy much better than the book. In fact, in the book, I kept skimming, wondering, "Where's Mr. Darcy?"
The movie ending was so much better, too; although, I can see where the author was going for her version of Lydia running off with Mr. Wickham in the book, using Bridget's mom and Mr. Tangerine.
Anyway, the movie is a hoot, definitely worth a watch! Renee Zellweger does a wonderful job. By the time you get to the end, you're rooting for a happily ever after, one of the reasons I'm not sure if I want to see the new release. I just can't imagine that Bridget has more doubts.
This European comedy/drama flick was a bit comical, but also very touching and tear jerking too, since the bloody Bridget(Renee Zellwegger) and Daniel Cleaver(Hugh Grant) started out seeming like the perfect married couple who was hot and heavy and then all of the sudden POOF! Daniel decides to dump Bridget and steals Mark Darcy's wife(Lara)while Bridget discovers that Daniel ended up being unfaithful to her all of the sudden when Bridget walks into their bathroom and finds Daniel's mistress/Mark Darcy's wife(Lara)hiding in there naked, just before Daniel drops the bomb on Bridget and tells Bridget that he and Lara were even engaged to be married on top of that.
So then Bridget moves on by eventually dating the British handsmome Mark Darcy(Colin Firth) after getting over a tragic divorce with Daniel, but then one night Daniel decides to drop by Bridget's apartment one night while Mark and Bridgets friends are having dinner to try to get Bridget back, since Daniel's mistress/Mark's ex-wife(Lara)ended up dumping him and breaking off their engagement resulting in Mark and Daniel duking it out in the street trying to win over Bridget while Mark also avenges Daniel for stealing his former wife(Lara)by beating the crap out of Daniel in the process after a hasty altercation, which unfortunately kinda left Bridget caught between a rock & a hard place even though Daniel ended up getting what he deserved.
The truth is, I kind of couldn't help feeling kind of sorry for Daniel at first right after the ugly clash he had with Mark, since Mark nearly beat Daniel to a pulp, which also resulted in Daniel getting a double whammy in the process on top of that, but at the same time, it was like Daniel got what he deserved, since he broke Bridgets heart, but Mark did nothing to hurt Bridget or Lara and was a much bigger and better more mature gentleman than Daniel was and seemed to be a more compatible boyfriend/lover for Bridget.
The end was also very touching and heartfelt when Mark drops by Bridget's apartment all of the sudden on short notice on New Years and turning down a job in New York to inform Bridget that he wants to reconcile with her and then ends up reading Bridget's diary by accident while sorting through her stuff while he's trying to find something and reads a nasty little paragraph about himself(Mark Darcy) while Bridget is freshening up to look sexy for Mark to do hubba hubba, but then Mark walks out of Bridgets apartment making us and Bridget think that Mark was leaving Bridget again after reading the nasty stuff Bridget wrote about Mark, but then it turns out that Mark wasn't going to be dumping her and that Mark just wanted to surprise her with a new diary to make a fresh start together as an item again and for Bridget to make herself a new diary starting a brand new life with Mark.
Therefore, it seemed like Bridget's bloody diary lead to nothing, but trouble, injustice, and grief, kind of like how one innocent love letter lead to 6 sticky situations in the movie "SECRET ADMIRER".
So if you're looking for an interesting comedy drama, "Bridget Jones' Diary" is a good movie to watch and consider.
Best watched alone in bed with a bottle of alcohol. Now I'm not picky, you could have a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of champagne, a bottle or 5 of beer, or go the route I took and just jump right in with a bottle of vodka. While first perplexed by some of the British-ness you too will soon find yourself laughing at sweet and funny Bridget and her woes. You will fall in love with both of she British British male leads (whose names are possibly Hugh something and Collin something??) as Bridget hates on men you too will hate on men. Are you in a silly fight with a significant other?? Bridget will soon have you downing bottles of liquor and smoking your way to 20 pounds lighter and an avid journal keeper! Now the problem comes at the end- once Bridget gets her man (Collin or Hugh possibly, not sure on the names at all, frankly.) you will wish you'd chosen your boyfriend over that bottle of vodka, so beware not to make any unreasonable life decisions whilst in the middle of the plot line! All in all it was a riot and had me laughing from start to finish!
Bridget (Renee Zellweger) is a single 32-year-old who's timer is ticking for procreating an offspring. She works for Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant), Editor-in-Chief, at a book publishing company. Bridget gets Daniel's attention by swanning at work in short skirts and sexy see-through blouses. They become intimately involved. Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) is a human-rights barrister and divorced. He is dating Natasha, an attorney who specializes in family law, and she intends to marry him. Mark and Daniel attended Cambridge together, and Daniel was best man at Mark's wedding, but they have recently had a falling out. Mark disapproves of Daniel's treatment of the congenial Bridget, and he mollifies her when Daniel splits and becomes engaged to Lara. Mark expresses deep and agonizing empathy for Bridget over Mark's infidelity. Author Salman Rushdie makes a cameo. Based on the novel by Helen Fielding.
I'm very excited about the new movie coming out, Bridget Jones Baby. I ordered the third book which the movie is supposed to be based on, but wanted to re-watch the first two movies before I started reading. I often find British humor a little dry so I feel uncomfortable rating how funny others may find the movie. I laughed a lot, but it also has those hard to watch scenes, like oh no, she's really doing it. That being said, it is one of my favorite movies to cuddle up on couch and watch. A feel good movie for sure..