Maddie Crichton ’17 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer
In 2001 Bridget Jones’s Diary joined the era of instant-classic British romantic comedies penned by Richard Curtis (Notting Hill, Love Actually). In 2004, he followed it up with Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason, where we thought the world of Bridget would end. But now in 2016, we meet the lovable protagonist again in Bridget Jones’s Baby, and instead of Curtis behind her, we have the formidable Emma Thompson.
Twelve years later, it is easy to meet another sequel to this saga with fear and skepticism, especially since Curtis is not in the picture. But Thompson, along with the film’s other writers, prove that they have what it takes to make not just a good rom-com, but a great one.
As the film starts, we meet Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) as we always do: alone in her London flat, Celine Dion’s “All By Myself” blaring in the back. She is now a senior news producer at Hard News, completely satisfied with her life and career, except for the fact that her mother and everyone around her wants her to start a family of her own.
On a trip to Glastonbury Music Festival with the goal of getting laid and feeling young again, Bridget runs into Jack (Patrick Dempsey). One thing leads to another, and she wakes up the next morning in his tent, hungover, and proud of herself for landing a one-night stand.
Fast-forward one week, and she runs into fan favorite ex Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) whom she learns is separating from his wife. Once again, Bridget finds herself in bed with Darcy, only to run away.
Thinking these were one-time casual hook-ups, she goes on with her life in London, until she learns that she is pregnant, and has no idea who the father is. So we go back to seeing Bridget in her usual ways: either desperately and heroically single, or stuck on deciding between two men.
And this time, the rivalry between the two men is more extreme. Firth is now a pro at Darcy’s cold charm after playing him three times for Bridget Jones and once for Pride and Prejudice. But he has never encountered a rival quite like Jack before. Unlike Daniel Cleaver, (and don’t worry, despite Hugh Grant’s absence in the film, Cleaver is not forgotten) Jack is thoughtful, kind, witty, and not to mention a billionaire.
Watching the two of them duke it out for Bridget’s affection is humorous and entertaining. It is not often that we see films in this genre with middle-aged characters, but the three of them prove that love triangles and courting can be funny and adorable at any age.
Overall Grade: A
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