Bridget Jones is back again, and she is just as awkwardly adorable as she was when she first stumbled onto the big screen. It is hard not to feel for poor Bridget, who in her own words’ finds new ways to make new mistakes.’ While the new instalment in the Bridget franchise still doesn’t top the first, it is exponentially better than the second movie.
It’s been 12 years since we have last seen Bridget Jones played by Renee Zellweger, who coincidently has also been missing from the screen for a few years. However, ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ brings her back in full force as she is now a successful producer in her 40’s.
Everything is sailing along just fine excluding the fact that she has broken up with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth). At least until she realizes that she is pregnant, and is not sure who the baby’s father is. It’s classic Bridget, and sets audiences up for a very fun ride offering them two men to root for (or against) similar to the Mark and Daniel Cleaver debates of the previous films.
Zellweger gives a very warm and lovable performance throughout the film and while she is not likely to snag another Academy nomination for her turn as Bridget, she is a lot of fun to watch. One of the downsides is that this alone is not enough to pull the film along as it is a mixed bag of delights and awkwardness in a not so Bridget way.
For example, the sequel seems confused about whether or not it should try to be nostalgic or cash in on more modern dilemmas. The result is some great one liners and some glamping that is almost painful to watch. The soundtrack is the perfect example of the dilemma as it mixes classics like ‘We Are Family’ alongside Pharrell and Rihanna before popping up a Marvin Gaye track. It’s hard to get a real feel for the direction the film wants.
The good news is the rest of the cast supports Zellweger’s great performance delivering some of the most memorable lines of the film in a simply delicious fashion. It’s hard to grow tired of restrained Colin Firth or not to life at Emma Thompson’s extremely sarcastic lines. Plus, Patrick Dempsey is tossed in as eye candy, and it’s hard not to enjoy his very different acting style against the more refined British roles.