Bridget Jones is back on the big screen and she’s quirky as ever. Our favourite ordinary, everyday girl is still struggling with the same issues – weight, self-worth, as well as love – and above all, she’s still confused with everything that’s going on.
This time though, the loveable clumsy woman is having a baby and for the price of a movie ticket, you get to find out who the baby Daddy is. Don’t worry, we won’t want to spoil it for you ;) The 3rd instalment is titled “Bridget Jones’s Baby”, so rest assured that Bridget won’t be spending most of her time blowing out her birthday candle.
Following the events of “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and the sequel “Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason”, Bridget once again finds herself in the middle of a love triangle between 2 equally nice men. Colin Firth returns as Mark Darcy, her one true love who’s always there yet not there, while Patrick Dempsey plays American millionaire Jack Quant, and they’re both fighting over her.
The film opens with Jones celebrating her 43rd birthday as a singleton, all by herself, hitting the bottle and dancing in her pajamas to “Jump Around”. Instead of sulking around in self-pity, her work bestie and fellow television reporter Miranda (Sarah Solemani) suggests a fun weekend getaway to a Glastonbury-like music festival.
During the festival she clumsily falls flat on a pool of mud, only to be rescued by the handsome Jack, whom she later finds out, is a mathematician famous for “figuring out the quantum equations for love”. After a few drinks and feeling tipsy, she stumbles upon a wrong tent where she finds a shirtless McDreamy on bed. Needless to say, a sweet love making ensues.
Cut to a few days after that, she bumps into Mr Darcy at her ex-boyfriend, the playboy Daniel Cleaver’s (Hugh Grant) funeral. Despite an awkward encounter, the former flames rekindle their affection for one another at a friend’s baby christening party, and guess what, she ends up sleeping with him too!
She soon discovers that she has a bun in the oven, unsurprisingly. But poor Bridget doesn’t know who father is. Is it the filthy rich dating expert Jack McDreamy? Or her long-time One Two Love, Mr Mark McDarcy?
The movie would have been over had Bridget decided to take a paternity test, but instead we get to see Jack and Mark in their attempt to outdo each other as the potential perfect father for the baby instead Bridget’s growing belly.
“Bridget Jones’s Baby” may have started off on a slower pace, but it gradually grows on you and you start rooting for the characters. The general consensus is that the 3rd instalment was successful in capturing the charm and wit of the first movie. It’s not as good as the 1st edition but is definitely way better than the 2nd film.
To echo Francesca Rudkin’s sentiments, it’s unlikely that “Bridget Jones’s Baby” will end up in your 2016 best films, but at least this feel good movie will provide you with more than a few good belly laughs to unwind your day.
12 years later, it’s nice to see that Bridget has matured a tad, yet still retaining her sense of humour, giving us some of the best laughs from her terrible and awkward romantic episodes.
We do, after all, see a glimpse of ourselves in her ;)
Watch the funny trailer here:
“Bridget Jones’s Baby” is set to be released on 29th September 2016.
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