Festive Films: Bridget Jones: The Edge of reason (2004)

4/5* Shiv’s Show | Siobhan Divers

Dir: Beeban Kidron108 mins

Starring: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Gemma Jones, Jim Broadbent, Celia Imrie, James Faulkner, Jacinda Barrett, Sally Phillips, Shirley Henderson, James Callis.

Almost as iconic as the original, Bridget is back and (still???) has two men fighting over her…sign me upppppp for her life…

The action picks up four weeks after the first film: Bridget Jones Diary (2001) ends. Bridget (Renée Zellweger) has everything she wanted – a man, a stable relationship and a slimmer figure. Though while she is completely and utterly in love with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), she becomes less trusting and jealous when she realises he has an extremely attractive colleague, Rebecca Gilles (Jacinda Barrett).

With the first film ending on a happy note, you might worry that this film will be repetitive and less exciting than the original but this couldn’t be further from the truth. The Edge of Reason sees Bridget paranoid, taking magic mushrooms, facing a stint in prison and coming into contact with her ex Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) – I’m willing to bet you couldn’t have predicted at least 50% of that happening.

Again, like the first film, there are some issues – like why are they discussing marriage and babies 8 weeks into dating, that iS MADNESS???

I used to convince myself that it was normal (they’re older than me and clearly want to start a family asap etc etc) but then again, every time I watch it, I’m slightly older than the last time I was when I watched it and I still don’t get it lol (I would be OUT OF THERE if someone was bringing up marriage questions and baby talk that early into a relationship…who even does that??)

But then again, the small issues can be ignored because the humour is just as good in this one.

Cue Mark Darcy vs Daniel Cleaver fight 2.0 which in my opinion is p e a k cinema tbh…

A charming sequel to an iconic rom-com, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason is another timeless love story!


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