When I heard this movie was coming out, I rolled my eyes. Partly due to misconceptions I had. Namely, that Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth would not be able to play character who were, in my head, much younger than the actors are.
I was wrong. Not in the actor's being able to play younger characters, but rather, in the age the characters themselves would be. Bridget is forty-three when she get pregnant.
I'm not going to give many details on the movie, I don't want to spoil it for anybody, but here are my impressions.
Hugh Grant said, talking about Edge of Reason, said they had doubled down on everything that worked on Diary. Namely, Bridget was fatter, everybody more ridiculous, and his fight with Colin Firth even more childish. I had noticed that myself, so what I expected from this movie was a tripling down on these same factors.
And I was wrong again!
For one thing, Hugh Grant is not in the movie. The anti-hero is Patrick Dempsey, better known as McDreamy. I have to sasy, the older he gets, the dreamier I find him.
But here is what I think. This was far better than I expected. Bridget is more mature, far less ridiculous, although she is still her. The comedy is more subtle, and the story more engaging that I expected for a third part. It all made sense to me when I saw Emma Thompson was one of the screenwriters.
You see, many movie franchises and TV shows capitalize on things that work by making them more and more exaggerated. If you remember Monica, in Friend, for example. By season ten she was pretty much hysterical, and, as a character, had become more and more ridiculous.
I was thrilled to see this was not the case in Bridget Jones and this really makes up for how bad I found Edge of Reason. If you haven't seen it yet because, like me, you are sceptical, well, have no fears. It's entertaining, the development of the characters is refreshing, compared to what we've seen in the second movie, and the movie is fulfilling.