Bridget Jones's Baby full movie review - Bridget Jones's Baby
Bridget Jones's Diary was a fantastic adaptation of the best-selling book of the 1990s, The Edge of Reason was reasonable, this third entry, fifteen years on from the original
, was highly anticipated, an original script from creator Helen Fielding, Emma Thompson and Dan Mazer (Ali G Indahouse, Borat, Brüno). Basically Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) has reached her target weight and stopped smoking, after celebrating her 43rd birthday her mother Pamela (Gemma Jones) says her time for having children is running out. Bridget attends the funeral of Daniel Cleaver, presumed dead after a plane crash, there she sees her ex, barrister Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), wife his new wife, then they go their separate ways. Bridget now works as a television producer and is close friends with anchor Miranda (Bad Education's Sarah Solemani), after being heartbroken by her friends, who have children, she goes with Miranda to a music festival. Bridget is challenged to sleep with the first man she meets, sure enough she meets handsome stranger (Patrick Dempsey), they meet again after an Ed Sheeran concert, the two have sex, but the next morning he apparently disappears. Bridget attends the christening for the youngest child of Jude (Shirley Henderson), she is godmother, and Mark is the godfather, he and his wife are getting divorced, they have sex, but Bridget leaves Mark, leaving a note that reconnecting with him is too painful. With her friend Sharon/Shazzer (Smack the Pony's Sally Phillips) finds out she is pregnant, she used expired condoms when having sex, she decides to keep the child, as it is her last chance for a child. After visiting obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr. Rawlings (Emma Thompson), Bridget realises she does not know who the father is, Miranda finds out the stranger is billionaire dating app creator Jack Quant, they conspire to get him on the show, get hair samples for DNA testing, and the interview becomes a series of questions to eliminate him as the father. Jack recognises Bridget, she confesses she is pregnant and he may be the father, with no mention of Mark, he is taken aback but wants to support her. Bridget also tells Mark about her pregnancy, he is thrilled, but he is not told about Jack, and she does not go ahead with DNA testing, worrying she will miscarry, Dr. Rawlings is forced to go through appointments twice, with both Mark and Jack. Bridget attends a work event with Jack, and Mark turns up, both men initially like each other, but going to dinner together Bridget finally comes clean and tells them she is unsure who is the father, Jack takes the news well, but Mark walks out upset. A pre-natal class and a bout of cramps for Bridget also become complicated, Jack is relaxed and warmly cares for Bridget, but Mark is jealous of this, he and Jack fight at the hospital, and sent out of the room, Jack implies he and Bridget did not use condoms, Mark leaves once and for all realising he is less likely to be the father. Jack and Bridget prepare for the baby's arrival, he wants her to move in with him, but he knows Bridget still loves Mark, he confesses to what he implied to him, an upset Bridget goes to tell Mark, but decides to leave him be, when she sees his wife arrive at his house. 9 months pregnant, Bridget is fired for continued production mistakes, and she ends up hungry, without a card and locked out of her flat, but eventually Mark comes along and helps her break in, he informs her he and his wife have finalised the divorce, she was collecting her things. Just as they are about to kiss, Bridget's waters break, he throws his ringing phone out as a romantic gesture, but they cannot call a taxi, a local restaurant drives her, stopping to deliver pizzas and in traffic due to protesting, they initially walk, but Bridget's contractions force Mark to carry her to hospital, Mark nearly collapses, but Jack arrives in time, the two men drag Bridget to hospital together. Mark and Jack both try to help, but Bridget reaches for Mark's hand, he reassures her and says he will love her no matter what the DNA result is, Bridget gives birth to a healthy baby boy, Dr. Rawlings takes Mark and Jack to perform the DNA test, having bonded over the 9 months they shake hands and wish each other luck. In the end, a year later, Bridget is getting married, Jack is there holding her son, she is marrying Mark, after the wedding Mark and Jack head to the reception, they are now friends, Bridget carries her son William, it is confirmed that Mark is the father, and finally there is a newspaper, the cover reveals Daniel Cleaver has been found, alive! Also starring Jim Broadbent as Bridget's father Colin, Jessica Hynes/Stevenson as Magda, James Callis as Tom, Celia Imrie as Una Alconbury, Julian Rhind-Tutt as Fergus, James Faulkner as Uncle Geoffrey, Joanna Scanlan as Cathy - Makeup Lady, Neil Pearson as Richard Finch, Patrick Malahide as George Wilkins, Darren Boyd as Jeremy, Dolly Wells as Woney and Miranda's Dominic Coleman as Village Hall Photographer. A slightly different looking Zellweger still pulls off the British accent and remains adorable, returning Firth is still great as the charming posh man, and Dempsey is a welcome newcomer as the other man vying for Bridget's affection, Solemani is fantastically saucy, and the other supporting British stars also do well. This entry feels different to the other two, this is actually a good thing, the script is full of embarrassing cock-ups and wittiness, as well as the sweet, affectionate stuff, in many scenes I could not stop laughing, I was in hysterics by the time it came to the childbirth, if you want something hilarious and sweet, this is definitely one to watch, a brilliant romantic comedy. Very good!