Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)

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Old Flame. New Fling. Big Problem. 
 Bridget Jones's Baby is directed by Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones's Diary) and stars Renee Zellweger (Chicago, Bridget Jones's Diary), Colin Firth (The King's Speech, Kingsman: The Secret Service) and Patrick Dempsey (Grey's Anatomy, Enchanted). "Bridget's focus on single life and her career is interrupted when she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch ... she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby's father".  The first entry is a critically acclaimed success, the second is a critically slammed flop - where does the Baby fit in?

I am pretty new to the Bridget Jones films - I watched the first instalment for the first time not too long ago and I haven't seen the sequel (its not meant to be great) but I have to say, I really liked Bridget Jone's Baby and thought it was a brilliant feel-good film filled with laughter and a really positive tone. Films like Bridget Jones's Baby are the types of films that the world needs right now - films that are guaranteed to make you laugh and feel positive as 2016 has been quite a sad year. This is one of the best comedies of the year and I do recommend you see it. (I did see this film at the weekend so apologies for the delay, I haven't been too well). 

The performances are fantastic - Renee Zellweger puts her all into this performance and I think she is the perfect casting for Bridget Jones - I don't think anyone else could do a better job. Zellweger makes the character likeable, hilarious and relatable - the perfect package for any character and performance. Even though her accent is the most stereotypical British accent ever, she still does an excellent job. Colin Firth is also very good and is another example of perfect casting - he does a really nice job making his character likeable as well. Patrick Dempsey is new to the franchise but he is welcomed with open arms as he also does a really good job - even though his character is sidelined a lot more than you would expect, when he is on screen, he is funny and likeable. Emma Thompson also continues to be hilarious in her small role. I think the top thing about Bridget Jones's Baby is the casting - I can't think of anyone better to play any of the roles and all of the talent involved do excellent jobs. 

As I previously mentioned, Bridget Jones's Baby is a very funny film, however, I do struggle to pick out one memorable joke - there are lots of little jokes that are consistent throughout but I think what the film could do with is one memorable hilarious moment that people can talk about. Some moments I did find funny were when Bridget was being rushed to the hospital and Ed Sheeran's cameo. It was also funny when Bridget, Mark and Jack go to the baby support group. Overall, Bridget Jone's Baby is a hilarious film that will consistently make you laugh but you may fail to remember what was making you laugh afterwards as they are small moments. 

I liked the plot and set up for this third film and thought it fitted in well with the Bridget universe - of course, Bridget Jones of all people is going to end up pregnant but still single and not know who the father is. The film did take its time with the plot and looking back, the slower pace was probably a good move as this plot really doesn't provide too much material - you find out how Bridget got herself into the situation, how she reveals it to the potential Dads and then the actual birth. I did think 2 hours was a bit too much and I did find myself getting a little bored towards the middle of the film. However, the characters were so likeable and the jokes were so funny that time did generally go pretty quickly. 

The films biggest flaw was definitely the editing - some of the technical aspects used such as green screen came across very amateur. You could clearly tell that a green screen was used when Bridget was at the music festival - it some scenes it was incredibly noticeable. Also, even though the soundtrack was good and many of the music choices were fitting, it did feel like the songs did randomly just play and they didn't feel like they were edited in very smoothly. Like many comedies these days, the technical aspects are what let Bridget Jones's Baby down as they forget to make a well-made film as well as including great laughs and characters. 

Bridget Jones's Baby is a throughly enjoyable comedy that has actually surprised me as I wasn't expecting it to be as good as it was. Even though it is not as good as Bad Moms, it is still very likeable and one of the best comedies I have seen all year. Zellweger, Firth, Dempsey and Thompson all do a great job and all prove how perfectly cast they are. The use of green screen is obvious and amateur at times and the film does move at a pretty slow pace. However, there are many laughs which makes Bridget Jones 3 the most hilarious instalment yet. I don't really know whether I would like to see a 4th film as this ties the bow neatly but I do recommend you see the third (despite how awful the second one was). 

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  1. The film is light, romantic and very funny. Worth a look Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)

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