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Review: Bridget Jones Baby

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 @ 8:00 am - Saturday, December 31, 2016 @ 11:00 pm UTC-7

By Miv Evans

There are no surprises, and there’s definitely nothing in this movie we haven’t seen before, but Bridget hasn’t let us down and has aged as ungracefully as we hoped. She’s still wandering the universe creating disasters and getting tripped up by life, while all the time success lies within her grasp. This endless floundering manages to hit the mark often enough to make our feckless heroine entertaining enough to watch one more time.

Bridget is about to celebrate her 43rd birthday and is doomed to reach this milestone alone. Her relationship with Darcy is well and truly over and Daniel, her other important ex, was a passenger on a plane that nose-dived into the Pacific. In the absence of a body, a memorial service is being held, which is where Bridget bumps into Darcy. He’s there with his wife, and seeing the two together sends Bridget into a spiral of despair. In an attempt to cheer her up, a friend takes her for a fun weekend to the Glastonbury festival, where she has a fling with a handsome American. His identity is unknown to everyone, including his inebriated bed mate. Just days later, Bridget meets Darcy again at a christening and he informs her he and his wife are getting a divorce. This leads to more conversation and, eventually, Darcy’s bed. Bridget leaves early the next morning, regretting her actions and leaving a note to this effect. A few weeks later, she discovers she’s pregnant and, in typical irrational style, gets Darcy and the American together to share her news, making it clear that she doesn’t know which of them is the father.

The disasters that accumulatively create the story’s plot are pretty unimaginative and frequently fall into farce. Characters, and Bridget in particular, are afflicted with such tunnel-vision that they are unable to find a way around even the simplest problem. When Bridget goes into a bank lobby to withdraw cash, she leaves with her belongings still inside. Obviously, all she has to do is wait for the next customer to let her back in, but instead she creates a drama when there really isn’t one, sending the story into melodrama. There’s an equal reliance on good old misunderstandings and unexplained co-incidences which, in such a realistic plot, are out of place. With such a high-profile project, it’s surprising that the writers didn’t work harder to find more interesting and plausible ways to tell their tale.

What does work exceptionally well is the contribution made by Emma Thompson, who plays Bridget’s ‘seen it all’ doctor. Ms. Thompson delivers her sardonic lines with such dead-pan precision it’s hardly recognizable as wit until the final word falls. There’s also a lot of fun courtesy of Bridget’s snooty mother, who decides to turn her daughter’s pregnancy into a mini-crusade for every single mother in the land.

So what’s next for Bridget? Probably a few years respite while she settles into motherhood, after which she’ll be ready to bounce onto our screens again. And who can we expect to see in tow? Could it be her assumed-dead ex, who did, in fact, survive the plane crash? Perhaps he’s spent the last decade on Island Paradise but is now ready to reclaim his life and, hopefully, his girl. Helen Fielding, if you’re reading this, have I read your mind?

Philippines, Sep 14, 2016
Australia, Sep 15, 2016
Czech Republic, Sep 15, 2016
Denmark, Sep 15, 2016
Georgia, Sep 15, 2016
Greece, Sep 15, 2016
Hong Kong, Sep 15, 2016
Hungary, Sep 15, 2016
Israel, Sep 15, 2016
Republic of Macedonia, Sep 15, 2016
Netherlands, Sep 15, 2016
Portugal, Sep 15, 2016
Serbia, Sep 15, 2016
Russia, Sep 15, 2016
Singapore, Sep 15, 2016
Slovenia, Sep 15, 2016
Ukraine, Sep 15, 2016
Bulgaria, Sep 16, 2016
Canada, Sep 16, 2016
Estonia, Sep 16, 2016
Spain, Sep 16, 2016
Finland, Sep 16, 2016
United Kingdom, Sep 16, 2016
Ireland, Sep 16, 2016
Lithuania, Sep 16, 2016
Norway, Sep 16, 2016
Poland, Sep 16, 2016
Romania, Sep 16, 2016
Sweden, Sep 16, 2016
Taiwan, Sep 16, 2016
United States, Sep 16, 2016
Vietnam, Sep 16, 2016
BrazilSep 22, 2016
Italy, Sep 22, 2016
Thailand, Sep 22, 2016
Switzerland, Sep 26, 2016(Zurich Film Festival)
South Korea, Sep 29, 2016
FranceOct 5, 2016
Chile, Oct 6, 2016
Belgium, Oct 12, 2016
Germany, Oct 20, 2016
Japan, Oct 29, 2016
Argentina, Nov 3, 2016


Wednesday, September 14, 2016 @ 8:00 am UTC-7
Saturday, December 31, 2016 @ 11:00 pm UTC-7

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