Review: Bridget Jones’ Baby

Dear Diary,

It’s been 15 years since I have wanted to be best friends with Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger). That all happened after I saw Bridget bare her soul, big undies and life goals in Bridget Jones’ Diary.

It’s been 12 years since the last Bridget Jones’ film (The Edge of Reason).

The love affair had a bit of a bumpy patch after The Edge of Reason, but Diary, I do hope everything gets back on track after seeing Bridget Jones’ Baby.

I’m both excited and nervous to see this film. I really want it to be good.


*** goes to watch the film ***

Dear Diary,

It’s been a couple of hours since I saw Bridget Jones’ Baby and I have to say, I want to be her best friend again!

So much has happened since we last saw Bridget. While so much remains the same – she still has her best mates; is still getting into awkward situations at work; – so much has changed. She and Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) are no longer together, there’s no sign of Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) and now she’s pregnant!

She’s thrilled with the news, but there’s one catch. She has no idea who the father is.

Did it happen after her fabulous, festival fling with the gorgeous American billionaire Jack (Patrick Dempsey), or was it as a result of her rendezvous with Mark Darcy?

Ordinarily, in a sequel, I wouldn’t really care much because, usually, the heart and soul of the film has long gone and it’s only being made to bring in more guaranteed cash for the studios.

Well Diary, that wasn’t the case with this film. It has everything that made me fall for Bridget and her life in the first place, yet it’s back bigger and better than ever!

Yes there’s another love triangle but it was ingenious not to bring Hugh Grant’s Daniel back and introduce us to Patrick Dempsey’s Jack. In doing this, there was a freshness brought to the film without altering the formula that worked!

It was great to catch up with her family and friends. While they don’t all feature as heavily as they did in the first film, it’s great to know that they are still a massive part of Bridget’s life. It’s a true depiction of what happens with friendships as you get older, while you may not see each other every day, and even though so much has changed in life, the friendship is still the same and as important as it was at the very beginning.

Bringing in Emma Thompson as a writer and actor (she plays Bridget’s Doctor in the film) was just what was needed. Emma’s wit, sarcasm and brilliance fit right in.

People say that a baby changes everything. I’m happy to say that while a baby has brought changes to Bridget’s life, it hasn’t changed our girl. She still represents the everyday woman. I cheered with her, felt for her (some people cried with her), and I laughed with, and sometimes at, her. There were a couple of times that I thought I would get thrown out of the cinema for almost screaming with laughter, but then I realised that I couldn’t be heard over everyone else’s laughs.

It’s so good to have Bridget back. Bridget Jones’ Baby is laugh out loud funny and, just like Bridget, awkwardly brilliant!


About The Bellissimo Files

Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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