Bridget is back! Our favourite diarist and her baby may be late arriving to our screens but thankfully she has returned in a sparky, side-splitting and seriously sassy comeback.
It’s been over a decade since we last saw the endearing accident-prone Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) in action on the big screen.
Now our heroine is in her forties and although she’s at her perfect weight with a top job in television, she’s still quite hopeless when it comes to love.
Still, she’s enjoying the single life and spending time with her friends; that is until she falls pregnant.
The question is though; who’s the daddy?
Will it be dreamy American millionaire Jack Qwant (Patrick Dempsey) or her previous love, handsome lawyer Mark Darcy (Colin Firth)?
Although the plot is centred on this question of who will be the father, the film’s really about Bridget and her bump.
Unlike the previous movies which focused more on Bridget’s quest for romance, this one concentrates on Bridget as a single, mature and most importantly happy woman who’s about to have a child.
Thankfully then Zellweger puts in a fantastic performance that shows no signs that she’s been absent from the screen for six years.
In fact as soon as House of Pain’s funky beats kick in, which sees Bridget dancing around her room like a fool spilling her large glass of wine all over the carpet, it feels like it’s 2001 again.
It does help that Sharon Maguire, the director of the first film, is back in the chair.
Also it is great to see the ever wonderful Colin Firth back as the charming Darcy alongside other cast favourites like Gemma Jones and Jim Broadbent.
Meanwhile the new additions provide the film with fresh energy.
Patrick Dempsey’s American is charismatic and enigmatic in equal measures, whilst Sarah Solemani as television presenter Miranda often steals the show with her quick sarcastic wit and cracking sense of humour.
In fact I want to see Solemani’s Miranda have her own film.
I really would pay to see that as the character is just laugh out loud hilarious.
From minute one Bridget Jones’s Baby is just an absolute hoot and it is impossible not to be entertained by it.
Yes, the plot’s full of holes and predictable as ever, but the film’s so earnest, humble and funny that you easily and quickly forgive it for its faults.
Jones’s diary may have been replaced by an iPad (not cool guys) but the film still has the heart and soul which has kept audiences wanting more of Bridget.
(Words by Emily Murray)
More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism.
Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV.
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