Friday, September 16, 2016

Bridget Jones's Baby (R/122 Mins.)

Once you get past the crap accent, this is a pretty fun movie.  Not expecting that for an opener?  Well, I just thought I’d get it out of the way.  Deep breath.  Moving on.  Bridget Jones’s Baby is about…Bridget Jones’s Baby.  Or really, what happens leading up to that grand event.  This appears to be the final installment in the series and if you liked the first two, you have a pretty good chance of liking this one and a 50-50 chance of liking the ending. You’ll see what I mean. Just sayin’.

Bridget is alone…again.  One of her friends decides to take her out of town for a few days of rest, relaxation, and stress relief.  Or so she says.  She definitely got the stress relief, if nothing else. In the form of Jack Qwant.  A few days later, who does she run in to at a party but Mr. Darcy.  And bing, bang, boom.  More stress relief.  Well done, Bridget.  Oh!  Not so fast.  One of those encounters left her with a little more than a nice afterglow.  The rest of the movie consists of both men trying to wrap their heads around the situation all the while trying to win Bridget.  Well done again, Bridget.  Just plan on laughing.  A lot.  And, if you’re like my cousin, there might also be some crying.  And this was her second time to see it.  Big baby.  Just kidding.  Love you, C!

As most of you already know, Renée Zellweger plays the part of Bridget Jones.  While she’s not exactly one of my favorite actors, she wasn’t terrible.  Well, except for that one little thing mentioned at the beginning of my post.  She did have her moments though.  At least most of the people in the theater thought so.  At times, the laughter was so loud, you couldn’t hear what was being said.  And that’s a good thing, right?  Bridget spends the movie dealing with body and hormonal changes, two men fighting over her (poor dear), a mother who’s running for office…in the 1950s, fighting to keep her job, and all the craziness that ensues.

Colin Firth is Mr. Darcy.  And a nice Mr. Darcy he is.  I loved him in this film.  Except for one part. Then, I didn’t like him so much.  BUT!  He so made up for it later on.  Mr. Darcy is still struggling with his feelings for Bridget and making a big old mess of things.  Granted, she’s not helping the situation very much.

Patrick Dempsey is Jack Qwant, millionaire and dating website guru.  And one of the men trying to win Bridget.  Mr. Darcy and Jack are the 50-50 I was talking about earlier.  Depending on who you want Bridget to end up with.  I didn’t much like Jack.  But he sure was nice to look at.

BJB earned its R-rating mostly because of the language.  The favored word began with an F and it was thrown around quite a lot at the beginning and finally tapered out about halfway through, thank goodness.  I’m not quite sure of the import of the word to the film but they sure did like it.  There was brief nudity and a few sexual situations (duh!).  The labor scene was one of the more intense ones that I’ve ever seen.  One scream/holler/yell seemed to go on forever.  Other than all that, it’s not too bad. 

If you liked the first two movies, you’ll probably like Bridget Jones’s Baby.  If you like Renée, Colin or Patrick, you’ll probably like BJB.  If you like rom-coms in general, there’s a decent chance you’ll like it.  I definitely wouldn’t take my kids.  There’s a very small, cute something to see after the credits so stick around for a bit.  Where else do you have to be anyway? 

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