BRIDGET JONES’S BABY

★★★

Starring Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones, Sarah Solemani, Shirley Henderson, Sally Phillips
Directed by Sharon Maguire
2016 / 123 Minutes / Universal Pictures

After the disastrous and truly awful sequel Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason it was really hard to want to see another story about poor old Bridget. Thankfully this third installment isn’t as bad as the sequel. Nothing will every come close to the original, but this one fits well with it.

Bridget is back in all her crazy single life antics. This time she discovers she’s pregnant and not sure who the father is. Could it be her old love Mark (Firth) or new interest Jack (Dempsey). You’ll be on the edge of your seat to find out (kidding). It’s a pretty predictable and typical rom com. The story isn’t overly exciting or new, but it’s the humour and the usual ‘Bridget Jones’ awkwardness that always entertains. I get why Hugh Grant didn’t want to do this, but I missed his character and felt like something was missing. He added a lot to the series and without him it’s a little dry.

I enjoy seeing Zellweger back on the big screen after a 6 year absence. I think she gets a lot of flack, but she has been in some terrific films over the years including the original Bridget Jones’s Diary. I’ve missed her, but I hope she churns out some better films than she has lately.

Bridget Jones’s Baby has it’s fun moments and does the typical job of a rom com, but like so many sequels that have come out this year I don’t think anyone was really dying for another one. I enjoyed my time with Bridget, but I’m good I don’t need to see Bridget Jones’s Retirement Party.

Grade C+

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