Movie Review: Bridget Jones’ Baby (2016)

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Plot: Bridget’s focus on single life and her career is interrupted when she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch … she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby’s father.

Rating: 8.5/10

I liked every single thing about this movie. I had my reservations. Reboots are mad, sequels are a terrible idea and after 10 years even more so. I was so surprised when Bridget returned exactly as we left her – a bit more mature and world weary, without her beloved Mr. Darcy. She seems okay though – she has her friends, she’s much better at being alone and she’s quite successful. However, a rendezvous with a beautiful stranger at a music festival and a similar one with the love of her life results in a positive pregnancy test at 42 and some very awkward situations. She needs to tell her parents, something that every person on this planet probably dreads the most regardless of their age or circumstances.

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If you saw my review of The Edge of Reason on Wednesday, you know that I was very unhappy with it and that it completely lost what Bridget is about. BJB is different – the core of Bridget is the same – her truly amazing thoughts and quips. Patrick Dempsey replaces Daniel as love interest #2. Is he as hilarious and as charismatic as Hugh Grant? No-one can hope to be as I still consider Grant one of the finest actors in romantic comedies. I enjoyed Daniel as a character but still feel that he’s not part of the core team of the Bridget Jones mystery.

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Mr. Darcy is back, and even with additional wrinkles he might still be the love of my life too. He’s reserved and serious and I love that about him – terrible to say but his feelings feel so much more valid as a result. My main reason for concern was that I cannot live in a world where Mr. Darcy isn’t with Bridget – she carries the torch for all the rest of us awkward girls. It’s obvious that they belong together and even if Dempsey makes a convincing case there was no doubt in my heart. I did think some of her actions were rotten though – she should have pushed through with telling them that she wasn’t sure who the father is – there are a few crimes that I really think women should pull off and that is solidly one of them.

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Anyway, I got off my moral high horse now. BJB is one of my favorite films of 2016 – even my mom was in stitches and I was so sure she’d get on HER high horse because of two sexual partners (THE HORRORS). It is truly hilarious, it is truly Bridget, I cannot recommend it enough and it is certainly better than THE EDGE OF FUCKING REASON.

Movie Review: Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason(2004)

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Plot: After finding love, Bridget Jones questions if she really has everything she’s dreamed of having.

Rating: 4.5/10

I have two things I am really upset about after watching The Edge of Reason: 1) I spend R100 on this DVD – I will never be able to replace that money, no matter how hard I work. It is gone forever. 2) I wasted one hour and forty minutes on this crap, and while I can probably get over the lost hundred rand I cannot forgive that this was one hour and forty minutes of time in a life that is not infinite.

The Edge of Reason is the sequel to the wildly popular and equally awesome original Bridget Jones’ Diary. This is likely the best known case of sequelitis I have ever had the misfortune to encounter. Bridget isn’t even herself in this film – they have her essence completely wrong. Her quips are off and her personality is skewed. Mark Darcy isn’t himself – and if Colin fucking Firth cannot save a movie, no one can. Daniel is back, and he is not himself – the Daniel in the first film was more affable rouge than heartless bastard – everyone loves Daniel because he gets to a point that he cares for Bridget, genuinely cares, and would not leave her surrounded by foreign police.

The fucking story – who wrote this? WHO? Was Helen Fielding on the writing panel? I highly doubt it. How did they think it would be okay to somehow make jokes about foreign prisons and drug smuggling and lesbians?OMFL (That is now OH MY FUCKING LIFE). It is awful. The pacing is wrong, the actors are all aware that the fantastic work they did with the first film is being destroyed in front of their eyes and there is nothing they can do about it. Bridget and Mark eve lacked the intensity they had in the first film. I nearly switched this off – I was about half way through and thought I cannot do this to myself. But sometimes I get through things promising myself that I will come and tell you all about it and then I feel so much better. So here I am, and take the advice of your trusted friend here, and don’t watch the Edge of Reason. Watch the first film and definitely the new third installment (review loading tomorrow!), but avoid this piece of shit because you don’t deserve to waste your time like I did.

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Movie Review: Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001)

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Resolution #1: Uggg – will obviously lose 20 lbs. #2: Always put last night’s panties in the laundry basket. Equally important: will find nice sensible boyfriend and stop forming romantic attachments to any of the following: alcoholics, workaholics, sexaholics, commitment-phobics, peeping toms, megalomaniacs, emotional fuckwits, or perverts. Will especially stop fantasizing about a particular person who embodies all these things.

Plot: A British woman is determined to improve herself while she looks for love in a year in which she keeps a personal diary.

Rating: 7/10

I recently read the book, and enjoyed it very much. I have seen the movie, ages ago, and had to watch it again to check if it was a proper book adaption.

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It was just as funny as I had remembered. It is witty, funny and I really feel like Bridget Jones goes through realistic shit in her life that all 20/30 somethings eventually go through. I think Renee Zellweger was a perfect choice to play Bridget Jones. She is awkward, very British (I loved that) and has so many quirks that you just want to be her friend and help her. She is simply hilarious in all her mistakes and I loved the attitude she knew how to throw at exactly the right time, how she had a limit of what she would take from people and how she let you knew you had finally pissed her off.

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I love the inclusion of Colin Firth and Hugh Grant – they are both mentioned in the book so it is great that they were cast as their respective characters. Hugh Grant was delightful as Daniel Cleaver. He is great to cast if you need to cast someone for a smarmy character. Daniel Cleaver was one of those men you wanted but really already knew it would be a bad idea in the end.

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Mr. Darcy: “I realize that when I met you at the turkey curry buffet, I was unforgivably rude, and wearing a reindeer jumper.”

I think the only things more British than Colin Firth is Benedict Cumberbatch and Queen Elizabeth. He as Darcy was excellent – awkward, socially stunted and not really attuned to his feelings or how to express what he wanted to say in the correct way. I really would have liked to see more on how he changed in Bridget’s eyes – the movie makes it seem more like he was her only other option rather than she genuinely started noticing who he was.

I am a bit disappointed with the adaption though. While it is an excellent movie, the first half of the movie was loyal whereas the second half deviated completely. I would have loved if they had kept the end of the story exactly like it was, as well as the proper development of Mark Darcy’s character. The movie does not make you fully understand who this man is and the goodness to him, even though he is blunt and always says the wrong thing.

Overall, a good, light and funny movie, but not a good book adaption.