Verdict: 3 / 5
Sadly, the much-awaited third film in the franchise and a sequel to 2004 film The Edge of Reason, Bridget Jones’s Baby, sees Bridget losing her wobbly bits and her sense of humour.
In true Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) style, just as the 40-something-year-old has single life under control she mucks it up with a few out of date vegan condoms. She falls pregnant, but with two steamy ronde vues so close together, one with her ex-love interest Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) and the other with handsome American fling Jack (Patrick Dempsey), it’s impossible for her to tell who the father is until the birth.
Needless to say, the storyline wouldn’t be much of a surprise for anyone who’s seen the trailer. Bridget is expecting a baby, doesn’t know who father is and must now navigate pregnancy in a clumsy manner while figuring out who she loves and how to hang on to her career with a new boss that’s half her age.
Although not devoid of its usual charming comedy, Bridget Jones’s Baby is a letdown. The first in a list of disappointments is that the film isn’t actually based on the third book. This fact is very evident in the quality of the script. The storyline is a copy and paste of the past two movies, but without the same finesse. The rivalry for Bridget, which was so charmingly and awkwardly presented between Mark Darcy and Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant, who was mysteriously missing from this sequel), has now been brashly recreated between Jack and Darcy – not exactly original writing. Firth’s character is now painfully awkward and Dempsey takes cheesy American to new heights of cringe. Honestly, the whole chemistry between the love triangle is insincere and forced.
The second letdown is Bridget’s character. She is usually offering an abundance of witty, all too relatable lines, but her humour now rests solely on overused physical comedy. This doesn’t mean the movie isn’t funny, it’s just that the other characters bring the laughs this time. The disapproving doctor (played by Emma Thompson) is one of the funnier characters and her work colleague and bad influence Miranda (Sarah Solemani) is hilarious too. All in all, the comedy offered by the secondary characters, and possibly the appearance of Ed Sheeran, really saved the movie.
Bridget Jones’s Baby is worth the watch if you’re looking for a laugh, but a little disappointing for die-hard fans.