Bridget Jones's Diary
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Ever since "Jerry MaGuire" made her a star, Zellweger was dazzled in on screen roles like "Nurse Betty" and "One True Thing." This is an actress who is able to fully expose her character - warts and all. Where other actresses might shy away from brash, bold characters, Zellweger embraces them, and in the process, the audience falls in love. She has the sort of face that tells stories with small, seemingly unimportant facial expressions. A raised eyebrow here, a pursed lip there, she's able to convey layers of emotional context and depth that very few of her contemporaries can ever hope to achieve. Her spellbinding work opposite Meryl Streep in "One True Thing" is proof positive this star is here to stay - and deserves attention as quite possibly the best actress of today;s generation. Very few actresses could ever hope to shine opposite the legendary Streep, but Zellweger does that and more.Read more ›
Why? Helen Fielding captured a certain time in a single woman's life (the early 30's) at a certain era in our cultural history (post women's lib, at a time when women are supposed to want it all, yet society still demands marriage). I, and most of my single female friends, related so strongly to the trials and tribulations of our heroine. The loving 'urban' family, the smug married friends, the sleazy bosses...are all true to life for so many contemporary women.
The movie retains the charm of the book. Renee Zellwegger is a revealation as the chain smoking, food binging heroine. Yet she goes way beyond capturing the compulsions of Bridget-she also movingly portrays Bridget's more poignant sides and the lonliness many women (and men) feel in the dating jungle. Hugh Grant is his usual charming self. Yes he is nastier in this film but he still has a light and charming way about him. Colin Firth
is wonderful. He too portrays a character, who despite tremendous professional success, also seems to struggling with issues of social unease and lonliness.
Of course, some people won't like this movie. Hugh Grant, british comedy, romantic comedy-if these genres are not your thing, this movie will not change your opinion. But a treat for the rest of us..
The DVD offers a fabulous commentary from the director, Sharon Maguire, the real life "Shazzer" in the book.
Since in the DVD making of the film featurette there is much made of the fact the book and film were inspired by the A&E/BBC production of Pride & Prejudice with Colin Firth as the sexy Mr. Darcy and Mark Darcy is based on Firth's portrayal and deliberately written as his modern counterpart, I couldn't watch the film without making comparisons. And that was a mistake to do because there really is little to compare except Mark Darcy is, initially, as aloof and inscrutable as Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy, if not as arrogant, and Colin Firth was deliberately cast to reprise and update his role. But it is hard to see what Mark Darcy sees in Bridget, and what attracts him to her as we never see his point of view. And unlike Elizabeth Bennet, Bridget doesn't engage him in clever verbal repartee (she's eloquent primarily in her first person narrative and diary entries), so we don't see why he falls in love with her.Read more ›
BUT...all is forgiven with the casting of Colin Firth. Looking trimmer and sexier (if that is possible) than he did in Pride and Prejudice, you actually get to see his charming smile in the famous blue soup dinner scene - I was a goner after that.
Having worked for an English firm for many years, I thought Renee Z's accent was great. I know this type of girl very well, and the film did a great job capturing the whole English office scene (where attractive women are often treated like complete idiots!).
Looking forward to the sequel, and hoping to see many more films starring Mr. Firth, as perhaps by now Hollywood producers have got it through their thick heads that women find him totally irresistable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This DVD skips, just once and at the very beginning -- so before Bridget's story really gets rolling, thank goodness. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Bishop C. Knight
I recall being hit in the face with a brick by a boy who called me ugly in seventh grade. I was in ICU for three years, and the television in front of me played this movie on a... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Rebecca Todaro
I like to buy a few movies every year for Christmas and this year I got this one which is great, good quality, very reasonable and came right away!Published on June 6, 2014 by Laura D.
I purchased this item primarily for my wife. She really enjoys this type of human interest films. I have not watched it myself, however, my one and only says she is quite taken... Read morePublished on June 5, 2014 by Anthony J. Tarquinio
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