The name ‘Bridget Jones’ has become synonymous with a certain kind of woman, a rather sad and sorry singleton. We’ve followed her adventures in trying to get her man (Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)) and then trying to figure out if ‘true love’ was everything she was after (Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason (2004)). It came as something of a relief when the trailers hyped up Bridget in a slightly more accepting phase: good job, nice flat, target weight (!), and while back to being single, enjoying the chance to hook up with Patrick Dempsey. Well…!
Of course, the heroine’s life never did run smooth, and when she also takes the opportunity to briefly reunite with old flame Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), it leaves her with a bit of dilemma upon discovering she’s ‘up the duff’: which of the two is the daddy? And quite frankly, is Bridget really cut out for motherhood?
I’m not usually a fan of ‘chick flicks’, but I have to say I was in the mood to thoroughly enjoy this and its daft humour. I liked the progression in Bridget’s life – not quite so desperate and needy and hopeless – since the first movie (I can barely remember the middle installment, tbh), while still surrounded by friends and causing disasters left right and centre!
I was a little disappointed in the development of the new love interest character, Jack, who goes from dreamy dish to new-age hippy a little too irritatingly, mainly to counteract Mark Darcy’s incredibly uptight Englishness. The question, of course, becomes: who would Bridget prefer to be the father?
The supporting cast are all brilliant, part of what really makes these movies. Best role goes to the wonderful Emma Thompson as Bridget’s doctor, getting some wonderful lines and just being super-cool. Even Hugh Grants gets a sort-of cameo 😉
Overall, it’s not deep and it’s not Shakespeare, but it was a lot of fun and might well be the best movie in a series that’s become part of pop-culture.
Released: 16th September 2016
Viewed: 13th October 2016
Running time: 123 minutes
My rating: 7/10 – not my preferred genre, but a good example of it