Movie Review: Bridget Jones’s Baby, Third Time’s a Charm

“Bridget Jones’s Baby,” the third installment of the beloved franchise, lives up to the age old adage: Third Time’s a Charm.

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If you think you can’t possibly sit through “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” a third movie with Renne Zellweger putting on her best British accent next to Colin Firth, one of the best British actors out there, you may want to reconsider.

I did. And I liked it!

However, in the interest of full disclosure, I must outline certain conditions that made for a propitious movie-watching experience:

  1. I took two girlfriends to the screening of this film
  2. We had a glass of wine with dinner before the movie
  3. No reviews or movie synopsis were consulted or influenced our disposition to watch this slapstick rom-com.

And we had a laugh-out-loud jolly good time watching “Bridget Jones’s Baby!”

Much has been said in the media regarding Zellweger’s new appearance. And they’re right. She looks great! And her acting (we can’t forget she’s an Academy Award winning actress!) is down right delicious in her role as Bridget.

From her accent to the way she purses her lips (stiff upper lip?), Zellweger reprised her role as our favorite fumbling spinster yet she didn’t miss a step. We laughed, we teared up, and then we laughed again watching the old romance between Jones and Mr. Darcy get a second chance.

Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech’) is in fine form re-taking his role as the buttoned-up Mr. Darcy. But I’m not going lie. Watching him in this romantic comedy, it  was a little difficult to put aside the fact that Firth is also an Academy Award winning actor. He likely had to lock up his gold statue so he could let go of his own high acting standards, and allow himself to be the butt of many jokes in this film. And he does so in high style, too.

Now, if must know something about the movie before watching it, below is the synopsis.

Oscar® winners Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth are joined by Patrick Dempsey for the next chapter of the world’s favorite singleton in Bridget Jones’s Baby.  Directed by Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones’s Diary), the new film in the beloved comedy series based on creator Helen Fielding’s heroine finds Bridget unexpectedly expecting.

After breaking up with Mark Darcy (Firth), Bridget Jones’s (Zellweger) “happily ever after” hasn’t quite gone according to plan.  Fortysomething and single again, she decides to focus on her job as top news producer and surround herself with old friends and new.  For once, Bridget has everything completely under control.  What could possibly go wrong?

Then her love life takes a turn and Bridget meets a dashing American named Jack (Dempsey), the suitor who is everything Mr. Darcy is not.  In an unlikely twist she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch…she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby’s father.

The much-anticipated third installment of the Bridget Jones’s franchise welcomes fellow Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson to the cast.

The surprise cameos throughout the movie added a bit more hilarity to the already-far fetched antics the old girl gets up to this third time around. I’m not going to spoil this for you, but suffice it to say that it was refreshing to see this major celeb stoop down to Jones’ level!

This lighthearted movie is also heartwarming.  We give it three thumbs up for the unexpected laughs!

“Bridget Jones’s Baby” in theaters September 16, 2016.

Rated R

Runtime 2 hrs. 2 mins.

 

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