Every girl can relate to Bridget Jones in one way or another, whether it’s making New Years’ resolutions that you know you won’t be able to keep or desperately looking for love. 12 years after The Edge of Reason, Bridget Jones’ Baby hit the cinemas worldwide.
Bridget (Reneé Zellweger), now 43, is still working in television, still single and unlucky at love, however she is less body-conscious and a lot more confident overall. After a long dry spell, Bridget’s colleague, Miranda (Sarah Solemani), takes her to a music festival and challenges her to have sex with the first man she meets who ends up being relationship-guru Jack Qwant (Patrick Dempsey). If this isn’t enough for you, Bridget also has a one night stand with soon-to-be-divorced Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth). Bridget uses the same brand of vegan condoms that she bought many years ago, and winds up pregnant and has the problem of working out who the father is.
I’m sure I’m not the only one to say that I was worried about this instalment as the track record for comedy franchises that go ten or more years between new instalments is not good, a recent example of this being Absolutely Fabulous. It was an extremely nice surprise to find out that Bridget Jones’ Baby was well received by most, even those who were not fans of the first two instalments.
The supporting cast includes many returning characters such as Jim Broadbent and Gemma Jones as Bridget’s parents, in addition to Sally Phillips, Shirley Henderson and James Callis as Bridget’s best friends. It makes for a nice reunion and a sense of nostalgia for the audience who are fans of the first two instalments. Emma Thompson makes an appearance as Bridget’s dry-witted gynaecologist adding to the humour of the film.
The cringe-worthy and over-the-top moments had every single person in the cinema laughing. This may be due to Sharon Maguire’s return in directing in addition to Emma Thompson’s Oscar-winning screenwriting.
Bridget Jones’ Baby is a perfect addition to the franchise, I would argue that it is the best instalment. I have never heard so many cackling women in one room before in my life but it certainly added to the atmosphere. I was slightly disappointed that Hugh Grant did not return as Daniel Cleaver, however I feel that the film was very successful without him. Overall, the film is a heart-warming send off to Bridget Jones and I would recommend that you see this film, even if you are not a fan of the first two films.