Festive Films: Bridget Jones Baby (2016) Review

4/5* Shiv’s Show | Siobhan Divers

Dir: Sharon Maguire

123 mins

Starring: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones, Emma Thompson, Sally Phillips, Shirley Henderson, James Callis, Sarah Solemani.

(side note: not a festive film but the other two films are and i want to keep them together lol… also the film is set over like a year and nine months so was defo winter at some point…)

With a slightly more mature Bridget, some hilarious scenes, terrific slapstick comedy and new characters, the third film is more than a match for with original.

“I’m not a MILF, I’m not even a mum. I am a spinster, I’m a SPILF.”

Now 40-something and single yet again, Bridget Jones is back. Again, she has two men ‘fighting’ over her (and this is meant only figuratively this time since there is no fight scene in this film). Sadly, Hugh Grant’s character Daniel Cleaver isn’t in this film, though he is mentioned a few times.

Bridget’s new love interest is Jack Quant (Patrick Dempsey) – a man she met at a music festival with her hip new friend Miranda (Sarah Solemani) who is the anchor-woman of Hard News, the station which Bridget works at. Miranda, fun, sexy and young, takes Bridget ‘glamping’ but Bridget isn’t convinced.

“Putting a ‘Gl’ before it doesn’t make it any better. Calling him Gladolf Hitler wouldn’t suddenly make you forget all the unpleasantness.”

Mark Darcy is back too (Colin Firth) as Bridget’s on-off boyfriend who she met and got together with in the first film, Bridget Jones Diary (2001) before breaking up with him during the second film, Bridget Jones: The Edge of reason (2004).

And in true Bridget Jones style, she gets herself in an awkward situation – she sleeps with both men within a matter of days and ends up pregnant with a child to one of them (all is revealed at the end…) as a result of using some out-of-date, biodegradable, vegan condoms.

“Sell by dates don’t mean anything, do they?”

Yes Bridget… i’m afraid they do…

And what about Bridget’s own sell-by date? Released in 2016, 12 years after the second film and 15 years after the first one, Renée Zellweger looks almost exactly the same and plays the role of Bridget flawlessly. She’s also sleeker (she makes a reference to her weight loss at one point) and has spent time working on herself and her career, though she is still living in the same flat.

Time has moved on since the last film though and this is evident through the restructure of the cable TV channel that Bridget works at. Her new manager Alice Peabody (Kate O’Flynn) and the new team of young people look like stereotypical millennials with their pouts, hipster beards and obsession with Buzzfeed-style news stories rather than reporting on ‘olds’ – stories which they have read before like ‘Car Crash on the M5’ and ‘Earthquake in Asia’.

Then there’s Emma Thompson, whose character, Doctor Rawling is hilarious throughout (“It’s so exciting, isn’t it? It’s like the final of the X Factor or something. Dial zero one if you want it to be Mark and zero two if you want it to be Jack.”) as are Bridget’s friends who have lasted the whole film series – Shazzer (Sally Phillips), Tom (James Callis) and Jude (Shirley Henderson).

Fun and funny, Bridget Jones Baby is a great third sequel to an iconic rom-com (and the last scene leaves hope that there might be another film or at least that things aren’t as they seem…) – yes!!

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