Bridget Jones’ Baby is a treat for fans of the beloved Bridget Jones trilogy!
The third movie set in the Bridget Jones universe, Bridget Jones’ Baby (whose title is kind of a spoiler now that I think about it) opens on our dearest Bridget Jones as she ditches the spanx for a body that’s considered fit as per societal beauty standards and her hard cover diary for a more modern iPad.
However despite all the newness, she is still the same spinster we’ve come to know and love since the first movie and she’s still clumsy as ever… except this time , her clumsiness might just cost her!
After a one night stand at a music festival (& a humorous cameo by that ginger lad who sang Galway Girl), followed by another one night stand with her ex Darcy at their mutual friend’s daughter’s birthday party, Bridget finds herself in a dilemma as she’s pregnant but doesn’t know who the father is! What follows is a chaotic string of events as Bridget tries to find out who the father without rousing suspicions from either of the possible dads, hide her other one night stand from freshly divorced Darcy who has caught feelings for her once again and is desperate to win her back despite her indeciveness about accepting him back into her life after their relationship went sour due to his workaholism.
The movie also ably captures Bridget’s own dilemma about whether she can be a capable mum after the giant mess of her own making, even contemplating being a single mum at one point, and whether Darcy will even take up responsibility for the child if it indeed turns out to be his baby.
Renee Zellweg er is as lovable and endearing as the bumbling Bridget and her character hasn’t lost any of that charm and relatability since the first two ventures in this trilogy. Hugh Grant’s posh and smug Daniel Cleaver will be sorely missed in this one, but who cares because I was always on Team Colin Firth/Mark Darcy from the start any way! Firth is bankable as usual as the awkward Darcy. I’ve been following Darcy’s character arc since the start of the trilogy and it’s always exhilarating to see him fight for Bridget, be prone to acts of chivalry and go all in for the glory of love while also trying to overcome his shortcomings so he can patch things up with Bridget (third time’s a charm. Fingers crossed.). Patrick Dempsey as billionaire Jack Quant, the third guy in this love triangle is equally good and his feud with Firth’s Darcy is a hoot to watch. I cannot promise physical violence in a fountain, but both men get in some witty one liners and jabs at each other.
The rest of the gang ranging from Bridget’s ever supportive and equally whimsical pals (played by Sally Phillips, Shirley Henderson and James Callis ) to her overpowering mum (Gemma Jones) are back as well in the third outing and while they don’t have much screen time, it’s always fun to see Bridget and crew get along like a house on fire. It’s great to know that even when true love doesn’t stick around, true friends always do. A surprise addition this time around is Emma Thompson who is pitch perfect as Bridget’s sarcastic, no-nonsense gynaecologist, Dr. Rawlings.
If you’ve been a fan of Bridget Jones and her sappy, screwy love life since the beginning, then do curl up with a bag of Doritos and some wine & give it a watch. You won’t regret it.