Bridget Jones is part of British culture for sure. She’s the embodiment of the awkward British girl getting into stupid situations in all aspects of her life & that’s why we adore her. So when she came back to the screen for a third film twelve years after the second there was a lot of nervous excitement on how good it would be – & it did not disappoint at all.
Sharon Maguire is back in the directors chair which makes the Bridget Jones franchise the first film trilogy to have solely female directors! Of course, Renée Zellweger fills the titular role, with Colin Firth & Patrick Dempsey as the two male leads & Jim Broadbent & Gemma Jones as Bridget’s mum & dad.
Bridget Jones makes her return, as quirky & awkward as always – & she gets pregnant. With two possible fathers. Because Bridget doesn’t really do anything simply. It’s a pretty simple plot line but it’s filled out with a hilarious script, amazing characters & beautiful moments as everyone attempts to navigate this surprising situation.
All the favourites from the previous two films are back: Mark Darcy, Bridget’s parents, Bridget’s friends. But there’s new ones too, & brilliant ones at that. Obviously there’s Jack Qwant, played by Patrick Dempsey as one of the male leads & then there’s Miranda, Bridget’s friend & news anchor at her television job. Miranda is one of the best characters ever & Sara Solemani who plays her is BRILLIANT. Another newbie to the franchise is Emma Thompson as Doctor Rawlings & she has some of the best one liners of the film. Both these ladies are incredible new additions that have you laughing out loud however many times you watch it.
The writing is hilarious, modernised whilst remaining true to the originals & hilarious. Creator & writer of the books Helen Fielding penned the screenplay alongside Dan Mazer & Emma Thompson. The amount of one liners & subtle moments of comedy throughout is perfect, the classic kind of comedy that Britain is renowned for.
Colin Firth & Patrick Dempsey are outstanding as the possible baby daddies for Bridget’s baby. Each is exactly what the other is not, which is what makes the rivalry so successful; audiences adore Mark Darcy & just want to see him end up with Bridget for good but then here is Jack Qwant, this charming, charismatic, handsome & rich as hell man there too. You will almost definitely find yourself changing your mind on which person would be better for the protagonist a huge number of times throughout the film.
The only thing I do wish that was included was a male on male fight scene. It’s a classic in Bridget Jones – the first one between Mark & Daniel to It’s Raining Men is literally one of the most iconic scenes in cinematic history & this film presented the perfect new rivalry to base a stupid fight scene on. Though I do think it had the potential to be tacky a third time around. But I think that a Mean Girls-esque thought from Mark of him lunging at Jack to It’s Raining Men for a split second would have been AMAZING. But oh well.
The soundtrack is excellent. It jumps straight in with the Bridget Jones classic All By Myself & then turned on its head with Jump Around by House of Pain. With live performances from Ed Sheeran & even a Gangnam Style appearance, the rest is just as good.
Costume Designer Steven Noble had done brilliantly at a new Bridget, now at her goal weight & way more comfortable in her clothing choices (unfortunately there’s no classic, barely there skirts in this one). Without spoiling anything, there is one costume at the end which is just beautiful, which was designed specially for the character – you’ll know what I’m talking about when you see it.
Also can I just quickly talk about that moment with Bridget in the fairy wings walking across the room opposite Mark, & how it’s so very Romeo + Juliet? I mean Mark Darcy wasn’t exactly in a coat of armour & Bridget was only in some cheap party fairy wings but it was very similar I don’t know if it was intentional or not but I loved that it could have been.
I loved this film. It went above & beyond what I was expecting & was perfectly in sync with the original two films whilst being updated & it’s just brilliant. A comeback after so long is hard to pull off but Bridget Jones’s Baby makes is seem effortless.
Bridget Jones’s Baby will make you cry laughing, & then cry for real. It’s everything it should be; funny as hell, emotional, exciting, touching, sharp, romantic & above all, honest. Because it’s Bridget Jones’s honesty that made us all love her.