Benjamin Maio Mackay
Bridget Jones’s Baby - 3.5 Stars
The third installment of the Bridget Jones franchise is my favourite so far.
After breaking up with Mark Darcy, Bridget Jones’s “happily ever after” hasn’t quite gone according to plan. Fortysomething and single again, she decides to focus on her job as top news producer and surround herself with old friends and new. For once, Bridget has everything completely under control. What could possibly go wrong? Then her love life takes a turn and Bridget meets a dashing American named Jack, the suitor who is everything Mr. Darcy is not. In an unlikely twist she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch…she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby’s father.
I’d never been a huge fan of this franchise, despite enjoying most of the Hugh Grant filmography and loving British Rom-Coms. However, this new film is simply lovely, frivolous fun. Despite losing one of the original leads (Hugh Grant), newcomer Patrick Dempsey does a pretty good job of being charming and charismatic. Colin Firth is excellent in his role and Renée Zellweger is still able to encapsulate Bridget’s essence. Emma Thompson, Gemma Jones and Jim Broadbent are standouts in the supporting ensemble cast, as is Ed Sheeran.
Overall a well written, funny, charming British Rom-Com that is so much better than the previous two installments. A very enjoyable romp!
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas