Oscar® winners Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth are joined by Patrick Dempsey for the next chapter of the world's favorite singleton in “Bridget Jones's Baby.” Directed by Sharon Maguire ("Bridget Jones's Diary"), the new film in the beloved comedy series based on creator Helen Fielding's heroine finds Bridget unexpectedly expecting.
I was worried this might be a silly, over-the-top comedy like the 2nd in the series was, but that is not the case. This is a very sweet movie with lots of funny moments, but Bridget has matured a bit and looks fabulous. I was concerned she would have a different look following much publicized change to the shape of her eyes, but the endearing expressions of Bridget are still there and I never thought about while watching the film. Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey gave terrific performances and I was especially pleased to see Emma Thompson as the doctor. Her cast of friends were back. I enjoyed this 3rd movie in the series almost as much as the first.
This weekend I finally settled in to watch this movie, having already read the book this one is loosely based upon....and I do say loosely. If you watch this expecting it to be like the book then you are going to be very disappointed. I went in knowing it wouldn't be the same, so I was fine. As always Bridget is her lovely bumbling self, only a bit more grown up and mature this time around. Who is missing, that would be Daniel...but it's okay, they explain why and this gives McDreamy the opportunity to step in and complete the love triangle Bridget always seems to find herself in.
Now, I know there are going to be die-hard Helen Fielding fans up in arms that this movie isn't true to the book but you know what this movie does masterfully do? It actually leaves the potential for another movie open...in order to address the portions of the book that weren't brought into this movie. If you really sit back and think about it after watching it...if you have read the book, you will see exactly what I mean. The portions left out...would actually make a complete separate flick; perhaps that is the intention of the studio? Having wondered that myself and being the curios person I am, I did a bit of research and it seems I'm on to something; there appears to be a fourth film in the works.
Once again we have a very distant Mark Darcy charmingly played by Colin Firth who seems to be learning about how his shortcomings are affecting his life in the long-run and Bridget finds herself continually drawn into situations that have her in just a tad over her head. Now, a well respected television producer, rather than a reporter in a tight skirt sliding down a fireman's pole, she's the one in charge....well, mostly. She does have a real pain of a boss, but her co-workers like and respect her and all of her past friends are around as well, also having matured a bit. Even the foul-mouthed Shaz has a family of her own and has to clean things up a tad.
So, if you are a fan of the past movies, as I have been give this one a go....but as I said, if you have read the book go in with an open mind, it won't be the same and it looks like they will be doing a fourth movie to address those glaring things they didn't include this go-round. I think you'll love this movie as much as I did!
I was hesitant to what BRIDGET JONES'S BABY. Sometimes it is hard to revisit beloved friends as their lives have taken a different direction and the years have passed. More than a decade has passed since we last saw Bridget. She is alone again and has a successful career. She didn't walk off into the sunset with Mark Darcy as we all thought. But fate reunites Bridget and Darcy (Colin Firth) for one night just after a one night with dashing American billionaire Jack (Patrick Dempsey).
Two men = one baby and another dilemma for our Miss Bridget. Two great guys both with their flaws and attributes who love Bridget and are overjoyed to be the father, but which one is the father? Yes, it was time to visit Bridget again in this charming, humorous and delightful third installment of her story.
Mark Darcy has aged but is still distinguished in his fight for the underdog. Bridget is older too but somehow her youthful charm still shines. BRIDGET JONES'S BABY brings back all the happy and sad memories we have as we age. It's a time to reflect and to look forward. Emma Thompson (a cowriter of the script) is wonderful as Bridget's daughter who explains the potential problems of a "geriatric" pregnancy as our Bridget is now 43. Bridget's old friends are back and she also has to survive in a world of young hipsters who see the media in a different light.
The bonus features are worth a watch as the cast and crew talks about reuniting and how London has changed since the last film. I always wondered how authentic Texan Renee Zellweger sounds as a Brit but Firth comments on how she sounds like a lady from Surrey, England. I guess everything falls into place and no one else could be Bridget Jones but Zellweger. Althouh Hugh Grant does not appear in the film, his character is part of a running gag. Here is a charming film that will warm you heart and make you feel that love does exist in the world.