When I go to see a British Rom-Com in the cinema, I always question why I’ve done so. Not because they’re not enjoyable but because I’ll end up watching the same movie every other week on ITV 2 and then again at Christmas. That questioning doesn’t last long though and it certainly didn’t with Bridget Jones’s Baby.
I’ve not seen the others in the series but a quick synopsis from my girlfriend led me to believe that I was about to watch a bog standard British Rom-Com that fell into all of the traps of romances not working before ultimately fixing themselves. You’re mistaken if you think I’m writing that with a negative tone though. Sometimes, especially on Mondays, that’s all you need. Something light and funny that has a good ending.
I suppose, from what I know about Bridget Jones, she’s supposed to be your everyday Brit. She’s relatable, clumsy and clueless when it comes to relationships but who isn’t? We’ve all been there when we’re trying to second guess what the other person is thinking or trying to figure out what we should say. That’s the beauty of Bridget Jones though and indeed, any British Rom-Com. By tapping into something we can identify with, you start to root for the characters and when you entice that kind of feeling from your audience, you’ve already won.
The fact that this is the fourth movie in the series presents a slight problem in the fact that you technically don’t have to focus on too much character development. Sharon Maguire got that particular balance spot on though. I understood everything that was going on and even if I hadn’t had a prior synopsis, I would have been absolutely fine and enjoyed the movie just as much.
The other key balancing act was getting the serious themes and humour right and I never once felt that one was over done at the expense of the other. From the very beginning, I understood what Bridget was feeling, what she needed and what her worries were. I was engaged with her as a character, as well as Mark Darcy and Jack and that allowed the funny moments to really shine through.
Even if you’re not enjoying the movie, sitting in a cinema where everyone is roaring with laughter is infectious and I found myself laughing all the way through, not only because everyone else was but because it was brilliantly funny throughout.
On that note, special praise has to go to Colin Firth. He’s playing a character that’s wooden, struggles to make jokes and is really British. The best parts of the movie go to him though and every time he was on screen, I either felt sorry for him or I was laughing at him.
All of the really good stuff aside, there are two really small points that stop the movie getting top Reed points. The first is that despite Renée Zellweger denying it, it’s fairly obvious that she’s had some surgery or botox. That’s fine but when there are flashbacks to the first three movies, it kind of loses a little bit of realism. Secondly, right towards the end, there a slight continuity issue with the baby. That’s genuinely it though. Look past those two points and you have a top Monday night, feel good movie.
There’s not a lot more I can say without giving away the (fairly obvious but highly forgivable) plot but rest assured if you do go to see Bridget Jones’s Baby, you’ll come away with a real smile on your face and if you’re male, some top boyfriend points.
4* - Bridget Jones’s maybe you should treat yourself to some feel goods.