It’s been fifteen years since Bridget Jones’s Diary came out, and twelve since Edge of Reason, so when it was confirmed that a third Bridget Jones movie was in the works, I didn’t really know how to feel about it. Was it a little too late? Were they going to base it on the third book? Will it be another Mark-Daniel fork in the road conflict?
The trailer left me having little expectation––maybe a few laughs here and there, but I expected irritation and a massive dose of second-hand embarrassment (Edge of Reason in particular had a lot of second-hand embarrassment inducing scenes. I still cringe at the thought). I figured Bridget hasn’t learned anything, and it’s disappointing since twelve years should have been enough to give her time to grow, even just a little.
But now that I’ve watched Bridget Jones’s Baby, I’m happy to say it very much exceeded my expectations.
Twelve years later, we find Bridget (Renée Zellweger) celebrating her 43rd birthday alone. She’s still a lovable, single woman, but she’s got a great job, great friends, and has finally checked a few things off her never-changing new year’s resolution. All of her old friends have settled down and have their own bundles of joy, but she’s not in a rush anymore. She’s actually enjoying her “singledom”, but her new friends are worried she’s not making use of her sexual freedom. So her good friend and co-worker, Miranda (Sarah Solemani), plans a weekend trip for the two of them.
What Bridget thinks is a trip to the spa is actually a music festival, and her friend is on a mission to get Bridget laid. The festival proves successful, and Bridget ends up in bed with the first man she met, a man who turns out to be the tech billionaire Jack Qwant (Patrick Dempsey).
A few days later, she bumps into none other than a recently divorced Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), and long story short, the old lovers find themselves between the sheets.
Three months later, Bridget is pregnant and has no idea who the father is.
The movie is very much a rom-com, with all the cliché tropes one could find in any rom-com out there. But what I loved about Baby is that Bridget has grown up, but she’s still very much Bridget in essence. She still has bouts of verbal diarrhea when she’s in front of a crowd, and she still has the tendency to fall ass over tits in public places, but she’s more composed, more at ease with her life.
To be honest, it was a relief to see Daniel out of the picture. Bridget would have shown a lack of growth if the same Mark-Daniel conflict happened.
Colin Firth. What can I say? I love this man. Seriously. I fell in love with him when I first saw Pride and Prejudice, and I fell in love again when I saw the first (and second, but I try to forget that) Bridget Jones movie. His character is the quintessential Englishman who is emotionally repressed, but he has a way of showing his feelings through his eyes and a subtle move of his lips. There are moments when Mark says something sentimental but with the tone of his voice, you would think he’s talking about something as inane as the weather. But then you’d see the misty look in his eyes and the tiniest upward curve of his lips, and you’d know he’s over the moon.
We are given snippets of what happened to Bridget and Mark in between Edge of Reason and Baby, why their relationship fell apart. My heart ached for these two, and it made me root for them once more.
I wanted to dislike Jack Qwant because it’s always been Bridget-Darcy for me, but he’s such a charming and likable character! He’s not like Daniel Cleaver, who was also charming but was obviously a cad.
He’s pretty much the opposite of Mark Darcy. Jack is the quintessential American who has no qualms in expressing his affection and emotions. He cares about Bridget a lot, and he could help Bridget finally move on from Mark.
For me, Baby was the funniest of all three movies (Edge of Reason was my least favorite). I haven’t laughed that much in ages! It gave me the least bit of second-hand embarrassment, and it kept up with modern day humor yet still owned that distinct Bridget Jones tone. With the exception of Daniel Cleaver––who was conveniently disposed of in the start of the film––the whole gang is back, and their antics are pretty much the same, with the addition of family and children and more adult problems in the mix. We also have a few new characters who add to the humor and a little to Bridget’s more mature yet still refreshing image.
BEST IN CAMEO GOES TO ED SHEERAN. He’s my ultimate favorite singer, and for a while there, I thought his scene was going to be the only highlight in the film (it wasn’t, but it was one of many). Adorable man.
Baby made me laugh, tear up, and feel nostalgic all in the span of two hours––which pretty much felt like a breeze when I was at the theatre. I watched the movie twice (I can’t help it!) and loved it just as much as the first time I saw it.
All of the characters were likable, the lines funny, and the timing perfectly comedic, and it was a lovely HEA for our dear Bridget.
If you’re a Bridget Jones fan or even a rom-com fan in general, Bridget Jones’s Baby is a great movie to watch!