Saturday, September 17, 2016

Bridget Jones's Baby

Plot: TV producer Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger) just turned 43 and is still looking for love. Suddenly she is pregnant, but is the father Mark (Colin Firth) or Jack (Patrick Dempsey)? Side plots include an election with her Mom, and a new millennial boss at work.  [imdb]    [photos]

Review: Renee Zellweger is great, and there are plenty of clever jokes. This movie is a sitcom with three parts, a love triangle, the workplace craziness, and Bridget's parents. It is held together by Renee Zellweger's acting, and she does a great job. She is so expressive with her face, and then there is her internal dialog which ratchets up the tension. The script is clever and the dialog is strong. The humor can be social -- like the interviews with guests on TV, or slapstick like the funny, funny entrance to the hospital.

Overall this was fun and entertaining. 

Cast: Renee Zellweger, Colin Furth, Patrick Dempsey

Directed by:
Sharon Maguire

Written by: Helen Fielding, Dan Mazer, Emma Thompson (based on a story by Helen Fielding who also wrote the book)

The Music:
Great selection of pop songs, with a few too many oldies. As I write this I am sorting through the ones I want to buy.  

The Visuals:
It is a sitcom. It is mainly talking. Bridget's pregnant belly looked like real skin. 

3.0 stars: Fun to watch. Without any serious message. All of the pro-lefty stuff Jack early on, is un-done by the wise-cracks about the feminist protesters at the end. They did not have much respect for the Pussy-Riot-like rock band either. 

More: Yes, the screenwriter named Emma Thompson is that Emma Thompson, the actress. Emma also played the doctor.

Even More: They filmed multiple endings so that no one could leak what happened, or more cynically so that they could release the ending that tested best. The actors did not know which one was going to be used.