How does a forty-something news producer courted by two dashingly handsome men (who both want to be father of her unborn child) still remain the underdog?
Enter Bridget Jones with her unbeatable ability to lock herself out and invariably say the wrong thing at the wrong time. Even when she is played by the undoubtedly gorgeous Renée Zellweger, she still remains a sympathetic character that one can identify with.
The third installment of Bridget Jones begins with a witty allusion to the famous opening scene of the first of the film. Only instead of sobbing alone to Celine Dion’s ‘All by Myself’, the Bridget Jones of the 21-st century begins dancing to the definitely upbeat ‘Jump Around’ of House of Pain wine-bottle in hand. It was undoubtedly a promising start… of a very enjoyable sequel. Much as I did not appreciate the film adaptation of Bridget Jones and the Edge of Reason, I have to admit that while watching Bridget Jones’s Baby I enjoyed myself thoroughly.
The premise is very simple. Bridget is pregnant, and she is trying to establish who is the father of the baby- her astonishingly British and serious human right lawyer ex, Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), or a charming American called Jack Qwant (Patrick Dempsey). There’s a link to the trailer here.
What the trailer does not mention however is that Emma Thompson not only stars in the film, but she is also co-author of the script, along with Helen Fielding and Dan Mazer. In this particular case, I think it is the script writing that makes all the difference. The film is genuinely light-hearted and witty. And it does manage to create quite a bit of suspense. All in all, if you’re looking for a good romantic comedy and plenty of wish fulfillment, you should enjoy Bridget Jones’s Baby.
P.S. Even though as a hardcore fan, I questioned the continuity between part 2 and 3 of the films, I could only manage to so on quiet reflection after the film itself. Although admittedly I have decided we could possibly reject part two as not part of the Bridget Jones-canon. This would have precedent, as I am still pointedly ignoring the existence of Bridget Jones: Mad about the Boy… ( don’t tell me to read it, as long as I haven’t read that literary character hasn’t died yet…)
Source of photo on the cover: http://www.hellomagazine.com/film/2016062332059/official-bridget-jones-baby-posters-released-mark-darcy/