WARNING: POTENTIAL SPOILERS
Bridget Jones’s Baby recently came out and I went to go and see it with my boyfriend on Tuesday 22nd – got to love a Meerkat Movies 2 for 1 deal, eh? – and we were both pleasantly surprised by how much we loved it.
Everyone knows the Bridget Jones films. They’re hilarious, relatable, adorable and a classic for a rainy day. I was worried it would be another Ice Age or Shrek situation where you think, “Just give up making the films now! We get it, you made your money!”, but instead I was left hoping for yet another film from the popular franchise.
I looked a few reviews myself before writing this post and I have to admit I was more compelled to write it after because I felt so angry. Around 80% of the reviews I encountered hardly even touched on the film and instead centered around Renee’s face and body changes from both her personal life and the differences in the previous films. Ok, the books and films have a lot of basis for a ‘normal’ (hate that word!) woman who struggles with her appearance but is that really supposed to be the centre of a film review? Many of them may have well have been titled “How To Piss Off Feminists In Less Than 600 Words”.
So, I will in fact comment on their performances… I can definitely say that I 100% enjoyed the film. Even more so than the previous ones too. There were so many moments where the whole cinema was left in fits of laughter and everyone had a smile on their face when they left the room. So what if it wasn’t a ground breaking plot line with a guy who sleeps inside an animal (looking at you Leo). So what if it didn’t push the boundaries of the film industry. It was bloody brilliant. And in my eyes, that is all that matters. If I leave a cinema with a happier attitude or a more reflective one, I believe the film is good, and this did just that.
If you weren’t aware, the film is based around Bridget’s OB-GYN not being able to pin point her date of conception, leaving for two possibilities. The baby is either the lovely but awkward Mr Darcy’s (they reunited at a Christening) or a very nice looking American that she hooked up with at a festival. The whole of the film’s gag lines fall around the trio’s relationship and how they cope with the possibility of having a baby – Bridget’s mum brilliantly (and loudly) commenting on whether or not it was a ‘three-way’ in public.
There are definitely some cracking cameos that need to be mentioned. Emma Thompson acts as the OB-GYN who promises to cover for Bridget in the scans when both Mr Darcy and Jack believe themselves to be the father. She comically struggles when bumping in to Darcy, calling Jack ‘Dr Pringle’ and trying to justify his loving behaviour to Bridget as a pregnancy technique. The other is the fantastic Ed Sheeran. Bridget and her gal pal have no idea who he is at a festival, commenting on how he appears to be the guy in the local coffee shop and how any old riff raff is let in the VIP section. He is later seen in a zorb ball with said gal pal roaming the festival and knocking over portaloos!
I have to comment on the featured photo I used too. The scene where Bridget goes in to labour had the whole cinema doubled-over laughing. The pair struggle to carry her when traffic gets too bad – Darcy states how they will ‘walk for 10 then rest for 10’ – and then mangle her body to fit through a revolving door… Only to place her on the counter of the hospital rather than a wheelchair! The scene was so well performed that it has to have been my favourite moment of the 2 hour rom-com.
I do think that there are some elements of the film that could have been played up to it’s relatable nature as the film does feature a single mother. Bridget becomes unemployed at one moment yet little is seen to what happens after this. I think it would have been great to see Bridget find her feet again after losing her job with a baby on the way, rather than having Darcy jump to the rescue, allowing for a bit of dark reality mixed in with humour. I know it doesn’t hold much to the plot line but then again why include it at all with that logic?
I must not give too much away of the film here but I am still unsure on my view of the ending. People love Hollywood fairytale endings but nowadays people also love the unexpected twists outside the conventions of a rom-com. Bridget Jones’s Baby ends in a way I both wanted but didn’t want in that respect… I would love to know what you thought of the ending if you have had the chance to see it already!
I hope you liked my little review of the film! My boyfriend and I did really enjoy it and would definitely rate it 8.5/10 as a great rom-com classic; with that extra tweeking it could have easily been a 10!