D: Beeban Kidron
Miramax / Working Title / StudioCanal / Little Bird (Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner & Jonathan Cavendish)
UK/France/Ireland/US 🇬🇧🇫🇷🇮🇪🇺🇸 2004
W: Adam Brooks, Richard Curtis, Andrew Davies & Helen Fielding [based on the novel by Helen Fielding]
DP: Adrian Biddle
Ed: Greg Hayden
Mus: Harry Gregson-Williams
Renee Zellweger (Bridget Jones), Colin Firth (Mark Darcy), Hugh Grant (Daniel Cleaver), Jim Broadbent (Colin Jones), Gemma Jones (Pamela Jones)
I wouldn’t say that I was in the target demographic for the first Bridget Jones movie, but I still enjoyed it immensely. This sequel, however, not so much.
The plot is practically a retread of the first, with the eponymous character having issues with her love life as she navigates her career and social life, with embarrassing scenarios in each.
Renee Zellweger is as great she was in the first movie, but the clichéd plot, colour-by-numbers direction and incessant soundtrack crammed full of pop standards really aren’t anything to write home about.
BRIDGET JONES’S BABY (15)
D: Sharon Maguire
StudioCanal / Miramax / Working Title / Perfect World (Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner & Debra Hayward)
UK/US/France 🇬🇧🇺🇸🇫🇷 2016
W: Helen Fielding, Dan Mazer & Emma Thompson [based on characters created by Helen Fielding]
DP: Andrew Dunn
Ed: Melanie Oliver
Mus: Craig Armstrong
Renee Zellweger (Bridget Jones), Colin Firth (Mark Darcy), Patrick Dempsey (Jack Qwant), Sarah Solemani (Miranda), Jim Broadbent (Colin Jones)
Renee Zellweger returns to play the (slightly older than) thirty-something singleton following a 12-year hiatus.
It’s pretty much more of the same, with our eponymous character in a love triangle yet again with her dashing beau Mark Darcy and rugged rogue Jack Qwant (Patrick Dempsey standing in for Hugh Grant), the added complication here is that there’s a pregnancy involved.
Predictable to the beat throughout the running time, but Renee Zellweger is once again perfectly cast and thoroughly enjoyable in the lead, while there’s an added bonus of Sharon Maguire returning to direct after sitting out the first sequel.
It is pretty much what you’ll expect and though it’s a given that fans of the previous films will certainly enjoy it, its an unpretentious, easy-to-watch romcom for everyone else.