Film Review: Bridget Jones Baby


Nerve Entertainment’s Emma Upshall takes a look at the latest antics from the accident prone businesswoman…

Bridget is back; but this time she’s pregnant. Say goodbye to the alcohol and fags and hello to a whole lot of fun.

At 43-years-old, Bridget is a successful business women, and is looking slimmer than ever. Perhaps Renee Zellweger didn’t fancy putting on weight for this movie? Or maybe just maybe Bridget is finally down to her ‘ideal’ weight. Encouraged by her hip co-worker Miranda (Sarah Solemani), Bridget tries to keep up with the fast-paced modern world, but fails to do so in her embarrassing pep talk, “hashtag let’s do this”, she also fails to recognise Ed Sheeran along the way (it’s nice to see Ed doesn’t take himself too seriously).

Although Zellweger hasn’t stepped into Bridget’s loveable shoes in 12 years, she has done a great amount of research for the role; finally perfecting a British accent and the attitude of pregnant women. Her hard work and dedication has clearly paid off, as she resembles the same loveable Bridget that fans remember (I don’t know what all those plastic surgery rumours were about).

Although the plot sounds like a cliché – ‘who’s the daddy?’ Macguire directs the movie with just the right amount of humour and affection

So, is it Mark, an old flame, who Bridget holds a romantic but difficult history with or could it be the handsome stranger?

In the words of Bridget, ‘ding dong’ at this newcomer. We may have been sad to hear about Hugh Grant failing to return as the naughty Daniel Cleaver (turns out the script wasn’t ‘good enough’ for him) but we can’t complain at his replacement. Dempsey’s best known for his role as neurosurgeon Dr Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd on Grey’s Anatomy, so it’s not the first time he’s been applauded for his dazzling charm. Within this love triangle, you can expect hilarious antenatal classes, a local Italian, jealously and one memorable trip to the hospital. All that’s missing is a classic fight scene.

Although we see the return of many characters, including Bridget’s dysfunctional friends who have settled down into family life, and her loving but infuriating parents, Emma Thompson brings her magic to the new role of Dr Rawlings. Thompson, who is one of the finest actresses of her generation, plays this witty role with ease, and apparently reworked the original script.

Having read Fielding’s third novel ‘Mad about the boy’, I was ready to expect Bridget as a mum and widow (don’t worry, it’s not a spoiler); so, when I watched the trailer, it came as quite a shock. As it turns out, the film is based on her fictional columns in The Independent, and this has clearly provided a lighter hearted tone, more suitable for the romantic-comedy viewer. The film’s success can be seen by the vast amount of box office records that it has broken, and through the laughter of its viewers. As Bridget would intend, I urge you to grab a bottle of wine and a box of chocolates, put on your big knickers and join her on her pregnant journey.

Rating – 9/10