Bridget Jones: charming everywoman navigating life’s obstacles.
While it was easy to like Bridget Jones, ‘just as she is’, in 2001’s Bridget Jones’s Diary, her comeback in Edge of Reason stretched that goodwill as thin as it could go.
The sequel was a turgid mess, hardly funny and frankly insulting – not just to the people of Thailand, who were portrayed as caricatures rather than characters, but to anyone with a sense of humour.
The ensuing decade has lessened the sting of Miss Jones’s second outing and nostalgia has placed her on a rom-com pedestal.
Her third big screen journey could have gone one of two ways – a terrible attempt to capitalise on a vested fan interest (see Edge of Reason) or a worthy catch-up with an old friend.
What a relief it is to report that her latest drama-filled escapade – impending motherhood in Bridget Jones’s Baby – is a triumphant return to form.
Since we last caught up with Bridget she has had success in the work and health departments, but sadly maintained her romantic struggles. Her courtship with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth, just as stutteringly awkward as ever) never made it to the altar and the pair eventually parted ways.
The film kicks off with the funeral of a much-loved character (no spoilers here, though it will not come as a surprise) and Bridget and Darcy are back in each other’s orbits.
The now 40-something Bridget joins her 30-something co-worker at a music festival an enjoys a night of spontaneous passion with an attractive, American stranger (Patrick Dempsey, having way more fun than he did in the last six seasons of Grey’s Anatomy).
Later, a similar passionate night is enjoyed with Darcy and, who could have guessed, Bridget is pregnant.
Throughout the film both Mark and Jack, the no-longer-stranger, vie for Bridget’s affections with their own unique charms.
Jack is a genuine contender in the romantic race and treats Bridget far better than the scoundrel Daniel (Hugh Grant) in the first two films.
Bridget Jones’s Baby is joyously fun and the paternity problem will keep you hooked. With this success, it wouldn’t be terrible to see Bridget one more time.