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Bridget Jones makes welcome return in 'Baby'

Bridget Jones makes welcome return in 'Baby'

Fans of Bridget Jones and those feeling nostalgic over 90s-early 2000s rom-coms won't be disappointed by Bridget Jones's Baby.

Bridget Jones is back after a 12-year absence from the screen, and I had no idea how much I missed her. "I'd like to become more of who I'm supposed to be", she smiled.

Women will relate to the movie partially because they can imagine themselves being BFF's with Bridget.

In a span of one week she has a fling with a billionaire Internet match-maker played by Patrick Dempsey and a reunion fling with Mr. Darcy, played by the like-able Colin Firth.

Now she's back, could a fourth film be on the horizon?

Numbing herself with self-pity and chardonnay, Bridget gets dragged (actually, shanghaied) to an outdoor music festival, where she pretty literally stumbles into bed with Jack (Patrick Dempsey, yes, still McDreamy), who turns out to be a wealthy entrepreneur. I wanted to go back to school I wanted to do things that you can't really make time for when you're in the cycle of making films. Bridget still blurts out what she is thinking, but she is more self-assured.

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"It is true that we created more chances, more corners, more shots, more possession, more everything". I suppose you could say that. "We played our style".


Overall, with an equal balance of comedy and drama, Bridget Jones's Baby is a satisfying end to the story of a career woman unlucky in love.

Frankly, the most interesting aspect of this recent trend toward long-delayed sequels (think "Finding Dory" and "Independence Day: Resurgence") is what it says about the perceived appetite for nostalgia, as well as films whose theatrical afterlife is robust enough to make studios eager to cash in on known commodities think it's time for a return engagement. To my mind, that whole Jane Austen thing was never more than a weak hook in the Bridget story. She's being pushed out at work, and as her no-nonsense obstetrician (Emma Thompson, in full headmistress throttle) never fails to remind her, she's a "geriatric mother". She's looking at a lonely future. And something even Bridget didn't know she wanted: a baby.

This who's-your-daddy plot device is employed to create misdirection and misunderstanding laughs, finding her two suitors in a game of one-upsmanship with sight gags galore. Wonder of wonders, we get another film that recalls the fun of the first, with original director Sharon Maguire again at the helm (she sat out the second one).

Zellweger's weight doesn't change her performance.

The third installment to the "Bridget Jones's Diary" movie back in 2001 has just hit the theatres and it has been getting nothing but praises from the audience, even scoring a flawless score on a prestigious critic site, Rotten Tomatoes. I'll wager that in the sequel yet to come, Bridget will renegotiate Brexit, with Darcy as her legal eagle.


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