After a long, and perhaps welcome, absence of Bridget Jones from the cinema screens after the disaster that was Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason, this third film of the series makes a surprisingly good comeback. Our heroine, Bridget Jones, remains the same awkward yet adorable, everyday woman dealing with everyday first world problems. She is still single in her 40’s and struggling to keep her life at peace. At the start of the movie, we are informed that Daniel (previous love interest played by Hugh Grant) died in a plane crash. On the other hand, Bridget still continues to have chance meetings with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) at funerals and weddings, after their break up five years ago. To replace Daniel, we are introduced to the character of Jack (Patrick Dempsey) who Bridget has a one night stand with at a music festival. Soon, Bridget finds herself pregnant and at a loose end as to who the father is. After this, the story mainly moves on to Bridget’s struggles with revealing the news to the potential fathers.
Hugh Grant is hugely missed in this film. Jack in no way compares to the charming character of Daniel Cleavers and there is no chemistry or rivalry between Darcy and Jack at any point in the movie. The character of the doctor played by Emma Thompson, who is also one of the co-writers for the film, is the funniest of the lot. But Bridget Jones really emerges as the star of the film bringing back the same nostalgic memories from the classic first film of the series. Bridget is also shown to be much more mature in her 40s. She is surer of herself, still awkward but more comfortable with her awkwardness; she has a stable job, and she is very self-sufficient rather than always pining for a man in her life that was the continuous theme in the previous two films.
The plot is overly simple and the laughs come in small doses. It is a good attempt but can never compete with the comedy, romance and charisma that was brought in the first film when we were introduced to the lovely character of Bridget Jones. In Bridget Jones’s Baby, the main selling point is the nostalgia and the film heavily relies on references from the previous films (mainly the first film). It’s not necessarily a bad thing and works well for a film in a series but a film with a thin plot like this would never work on its own.
Bridget Jones’s Baby is on general release now