Thursday, 22 September 2016

Mr. Darcy Still Rocks

Bridget's focus on single life and her career is interrupted when she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch... she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby's father. 

Twelve years after journeying to The Edge of Reason Bridget Jones is back, diverging from the source material. Creators chose to tell an original story. The proceedings may be typical for Bridget and the series, but it's all played so earnestly that it is difficult to hold a grudge. 

This time around Hugh Grant's Daniel Cleaver is no longer in the picture, the explanation also makes up for his absence. Indeed, seeing Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth - two veterans with storied careers - back together after all these years is a touching image. The feeling of knowing them so well, both in and out of the series makes the journey way more interesting. Just in case you are not feeling warm and fuzzy enough, Maguire (who helmed 2001 original) squeezes in well-judged flashback montage to make fans sob while also bringing novices into the fold. Plus, all our favourites back for more as well: the friends, that flat, those PJ's and sly more updates. 

There's clever modernisation with current cameos and age-related anxieties. Maguire and Thompson never lose affectionate sight of female experience. Finally, the script contains some genuine laughs which are probably sharper than ever. 

Overall, Bridget Jones's Baby is a welcome return to the characters and a more fitting end than Edge of Reason... for now at least. Maguire and her charming cast have essentially managed a Creed by cleverly revisiting a beloved character.         

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