I’m giving you a fair warning, spoilers for Bridget Jones’s Baby ahead.
Singleton. Smug marrieds. Mini-break. All things one Ms. Bridget Jones taught me. I first read the Bridget Jones books for the first time about a year and a half ago. I loved them so much I burned through the first two in about three days. I quickly followed the first two books with the first two films – Bridget Jones’s Diary and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. Both incredible adaptations even if the second one did go completely off the rails (but honestly who cares it was incredible).
I could talk for days about the first two Bridget novels (and the third that I pretend just never happened) but that is a post for another day. Today we’re talking about the third movie, Bridget Jones’s Baby. I took myself on a date last Friday to go experience Bridget on opening night because it seemed like a Bridget thing to do (and honestly she deserves it). I got a giant chocolate bar and plopped myself front and center in the theater and told myself to go in with low expectations. I mean, this is Bridget 15 years later which means this could go either really really well or really really bad.
SPOILER ALERT: IT WENT REALLY REALLY WELL.
The movie opens up with Bridget recreating the iconic “All By Myself” scene and I about died right in my seat. But we are quickly reminded that this is not 2001 Bridget, this is 2016 Bridget and “All By Myself” switches to “Jump Around” which Bridge knows EVERY SINGLE WORD OF. Again, I died in my seat. We see Bridge still holding her job down at Hard News but after 15 years she is kicking ass and taking names as the Boss Lady producer. I would like to personally thank the writers of this movie for making Bridge a powerful, confident, boss woman who is owning her career. More of this please.
Old Bridget fans don’t worry, her gang of friends are back and better than ever in this new film. Shazza, Jude and Tom all make appearances and are shockingly all now smug marrieds with kids! But fear not, they still curse like sailors and bring the laughs because honestly who gets it together just because they have kids? We also get introduced to a few new characters including Miranda (Hard News host and Bridget’s 30-something friend ), Dr. Rawlings (Emma Thompson as Bridget’s baby doctor) and Jack (Patrick Dempsey as Mark’s rival love interest). Emma Thompson fits right in with the other hot messes in this film and as much as I wanted to hate Patrick Dempsey’s character, I just couldn’t.
One of Renee Zellweger’s strength’s is physical comedy and that is shown in the peak scene of this film where Bridget’s water breaks. With Mark throwing his phone out of the window in a dramatic gesture meant to convey “you come before work,” they now have no ability to call a cab and get in a pizza delivery car. A few minutes down the road and there is a protest happening with traffic at a full stop. Mark decides to CARRY Bridget the last few miles to the hospital and it is maybe the funniest scene I have seen this year. Jack also shows up to help and he and Mark end up taking one end of Bridget each and somehow stumble all the way to the hospital. I had tears in my eyes by the end of it.
Last but not least is the love saga of Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy. I knew going into this movie that if Bridge and Mark didn’t end up together I would lose it IN the theater. Losing it like screaming, crying, perfect storm kind of losing it. It is safe to say I was not disappointed with the ending. All’s well that ends well in this makeshift Pemberley that exists in Bridget’s universe and I left the theater with a full heart and singing the hell out of this special track that Ellie Goulding did just for the movie.
If you go into this movie expecting some sort of big revelation and change in Bridget Jones’s life choices you are going to be disappointed. At the end of the day the entire Bridget Jones franchise is a well oiled machine of romantic comedies and it excels at it. I love Bridget for how quirky, lovable and awkward she is and if you want her to be anything else you need to find another British woman who loves wine and sweets. Bridget Jones’s Baby was everything I wanted it to be and in the words of Mark Darcy, I loved it just the way it was.
Bridget Jones’s Baby is in theaters now. Find showings here.