Film Review: Bridget Jones's Baby ★★★★

26 September 2016

Bridget Jones - we have a lot of history! It's been a long journey for the body-conscious, unlucky-in-love Bridget, and we've all be along for the ride. She's clumsy, witty, charming - a classic! I was a little hesitant about the third installment as we all know how bad sequels often are. Thankfully, I was not disappointed.

Not a lot has changed since The Edge of Reason. Although Bridget (Renée Zellweger) is now a successful TV producer she is still the same awkward singleton we left almost ten years ago. Older but not wiser celebrating another Birthday alone drinking and dancing around the same old flat to House of Pain. And once you get used to Renee's new face it's like welcoming an old friend home.

Soon on Bridget comes face-to-face with married ex Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) at a memorial for Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) who is thought to be dead. Newbie Miranda (Sarah Solemani) is now Bridget's only single baby-less friend and convinces her to have a weekend away - at a music festival! Predictably, Bridget immediately falls over into the mud and is then rescued by handsome stranger Jack Qwant (Patrick Dempsey). Later, Bridget drunkenly wanders into the wrong tent (out of hundreds-of-thousands it's conveniently Jack's) and they spend the night together. 

In a twist of fate brings Bridget and Mark together again when they are both Godparents for Jude's (Shirley Henderson) youngest child. After finding out that Mark is newly single and mid-divorce she spends the night with him. And this is just the beginning of Bridget's 9 month chaotic journey. Both men find out that they're in the running to be the father and decide to go through the journey as a threesome. A controversial idea in the least.

Yet again Bridget is torn between the two men. Mark, Jack, Mark Jack, Mark Jack. It's like old times but instead of womanizer Daniel Cleaver we have down-to-earth, millionaire, handsome Jack. It's a difficult choice - Mark is MARK, they have so much history and Bridget is immediately drawn to him. He's the same dry, stand-offish, workaholic that we know and love. But easily makes Jack look like the better option - he's new, exciting, charming, and not to mention a millionaire!

The amazing cast remains mostly the same with the added bonus of Emma Thompson. Bridget - although in appearance may be a different person - in character is the same Bridget we fell in love with 10 years ago. It's the a funny, easy watch comedy. And although there are some major cringe moments it's still enjoyable. Actually, there are few moments that I didn't enjoy!

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