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Saturday, 1 October 2016

Review: BRIDGET JONES'S BABY (2016)

Review: BRIDGET JONES'S BABY (2016)

In this third instalment of the BRIDGET JONES series, Bridget (Renée Zellweger) is now hitting 43 and yet, she's still single. But all this about to change when she finds herself unexpectedly pregnant after sleeping with both men -- billionaire matchmaker Jack Quant (Patrick Dempsey) and old flame Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) -- on a separate occasion. Then there's the confusion as Bridget doesn't have a single clue who the real father is to her baby.


REVIEW: Once upon a time, Renée Zellweger used to be one of the most sought-after actresses in Hollywood during the late-1990s till mid-2000s with hits like JERRY MAGUIRE (1996), ME, MYSELF AND IRENE (2000) and CHICAGO (2002). And of course, who could forget her signature role as a self-loathing spinster in the hugely popular BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY back in 2001? The movie was such a worldwide box-office phenomenon and even earned Zellweger an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Then along came the inevitable sequel three years later with BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON, an inferior follow-up that failed to capture the zippy charm of the 2001 original. Even though the sequel did make enough money at the box office, it was largely considered as a critical dud.

Now, twelve years later, the once-popular Bridget Jones character is making a comeback in BRIDGET JONES'S BABY with Renée Zellweger reprising her iconic role for the third time. While Zellweger is no longer a household name she once was a decade ago, it's actually nice to see her back in the major spotlight. The good news is, she still has what it takes to play the same spunky and likeable Bridget Jones we used to love her in the early-2000s. Although she looks so much older now than her Bridget Jones's middle-aged character, Zellweger's charming performance is simply irresistible and fun to watch for. As Bridget's two lovers, both Patrick Dempsey and Colin Firth deliver decent supports to their respective roles. Sarah Solemani provides some zingy touch as Bridget's close colleague, Miranda while Emma Thompson almost steals the show as Bridget's no-nonsense OB-GYN Dr. Rawlings.


Review: BRIDGET JONES'S BABY (2016)

The movie also marks the return of BRIDGET JONES'S BABY director Sharon Maguire to the franchise after opting out for the second instalment. She manages to capture some of the magic from the first movie with the help of Helen Fielding, Dan Mazer and Emma Thompson's bubbly yet entertaining screenplay.

However, BRIDGET JONES'S BABY is heavily plagued by its laborious 123-minute length. No doubt there are few genuinely funny moments but at the same time, some of them feel overly familiar with all the clichéd pratfalls such as the scene where Bridget accidentally fell into the mud. Not to mention the curiously absent Hugh Grant from the first two movies is sadly written off in a hasty manner. It's far from the best in the BRIDGET JONES series but at least, this long-delayed third movie remains a decent entry for both die-hard fans and casual moviegoers alike.


This long-delayed third instalment of BRIDGET JONES'S BABY may plague with too much familiarity, but Renée Zellweger's irresistible performance and some of the movie's feisty charm still offers a few decent laughs

* This review is written courtesy from United International Pictures Malaysia (UIP) and TGV press screening *

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