Yes, Bridget is back! Well, with some more wrinkles, and, of course, a little bit older, but still, she’s the same Bridget we once knew way back in 2001 when Helen Fielding’s novel ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ was released in cinemas. Now, 15 years later, the story has reached its climax; there’s no doubt that we’ve got here the romcom of the year and, at the same time, the best film of this saga.
‘Bridget Jones’ Baby’, in the end, is a sweet journey to a past that we left behind not so long ago, but seems so far away. It’s impossible to forget that original Bridget, the queen of spinsterhood, who showed everyone the life of any single woman, so it’s great to see and connect with her again. And so, this third film has managed to take that first plot and bring it forward to our new decade in the perfect way!
In other words, this the result of what ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ would look like if it happened today, in the times of smartphones and hipster beards. However, it’s not the same. Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) comes back in his most serious and reserved look, though he’s still the personification of the perfect British gentleman. Bridget’s parents are back: Colin (Jim Broadbent) and Pamela (Gemma Jones) now with her most Thatcher look and also, Bridget’s friends have come back. With this, the film proves that it’s possible to update a story without forgetting its original essence, and what’s best: in this case, that is fondly remembered during the whole story, even when remembering our missing Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant).
Everything combines really well with the new situations that Bridget will have to cope with, being her pregnancy the most important one, and with that, who’s the father of that baby: Mark Darcy or Jack Qwant (Patrick Dempsey), an American billionaire who she had a one-night stand with. Qwant is not the only one, all the new characters give more dynamic and take part in the whole comedy; especially Bridget’s new boss and her gynaecologist, Dr. Rawling (Emma Thompson).
Of course, it shouldn’t be forgotten that the very first film made us laugh. On this occassion, jokes and gags will live up to all expectations, because, now more than ever, the story of Bridget Jones is a celebration of English humour. This could be a good chance to think about what is it that makes us laugh so much, what’s in it to make everybody laugh? So, of course, this will be a great recommendation for someone in need of a good laughter.
But, as said, beyond the jokes, the absurdities…it’s just a wonderful update of one of the UK’s most famous novels. You won’t regret in giving it a chance!
P.S: Ed Sheeran, you’re fantastic, but…please, make sure to appear a little bit more next time!