Firstly, I want to apologise for my lack of a post last week. I am currently in the middle of preparing to move to France for my year abroad (in fact, by the time you are reading this I will already have arrived!), and things have been very busy. Unfortunately, reading has had to take a back seat due to the fact that I have been trying to fit so much in (both in terms of packing my suitcase and trying to see the people I will miss the most). As a result of this, this week’s review shall be on the newest chic-flick that everyone is going mad for. I managed to squeeze in a trip to see this as part of my goodbyes, and it’s not too out of place on a book review blog, seeing as the Bridget Jones films are based on books…right? Right!
Whether the critics were saying good or bad things about this new film mattered very little to me- I was going to see it anyway, and I really couldn’t wait. Everyone knows that Renée Zellweger had changed a lot since the prequels, but this wasn’t going to matter, it would be a new take on an older, more experienced Bridget Jones.
However, I have to say that I was disappointed. Something just didn’t sit right with the fact that Bridget Jones didn’t look like herself, and it made the acting feel a little uncomfortable, and maybe even try-hard. It was clear that the producers had made an extremely obvious effort to show that the films were up to date with current technology and popular culture, but this felt quite unnatural, and was the opposite to subtle, especially at the beginning of the film when Mrs Jones can’t quite get the hang of FaceTime. These sort of references were obviously included for humour, but simply resulted in a cheap laugh.
And, unfortunately, this is how I felt about the humour for the rest of the film. There were points at which I laughed, but I can’t help but feel as if this was simply because I felt I should be laughing at a Bridget Jones film, rather than actually finding it funny, although Emma Thompson’s character definitely did deserve the laughs she received. As a contrast, Bridget Jones’s Baby did pull at my heart strings a couple of times, and this felt more genuine and less forced than any of the humour- especially when Bridget is explaining her love for Mr Darcy.
The narrative was nothing complex or innovative, but in a good way. Bridget Jones films are what you watch when you’re feeling a little under the weather and need distracting from everything in your own life, and it certainly did the trick. The ending was completely predictable, but I don’t think I minded as it left nothing unanswered or unsaid and, once again, allowed for easy watching.
With regards to the soundtrack, there’s no beating the classics that feature in the first two films. However, the cameo appearance of a particular current star ( I shan’t ruin it for anyone that hasn’t seen it), was a great surprise, and the featured song is an undeniable guilty pleasure!
Overall, in spite of my somewhat negative review, I wouldn’t discourage people from watching Bridget Jones’s Baby. Instead, I would just suggest that you don’t go with expectations too high, as I did. In reality, when a sequel is released over a decade later, it is never going to be quite the same. Perhaps my age affected my enjoyment of the film, as the many middle-aged and above women in my screening came out talking about how much they loved it, and I can say that it did feel like more of an ‘older’ film. If you want a feel-good easy watch, then this could be the perfect film for you, but perhaps wait until the DVD release, just to be on the safe side.