"Bridget Jones's Baby" was worth the wait.
It's been 12 years since we last saw Bridget Jones (Renèe Zellweger) engaged to Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), the love of her life. But what happened?
The movie's opening scene brings us back to a single, lonely, depressed Bridget Jones, celebrating her birthday with her true friends, wine and cupcakes, and in the background, playing her self-pity song "All by Myself." But even Bridget knows enough is enough and blasts House of Pain's "Jump Around" as she gets right back up and starts dancing. There, Renèe Zellweger reprises her icon role of Bridget Jones, the bubbly, clumsy, awkward and full-of-life-resolutions-gal that won't let minor bumps and heartbreak stop her from living life.
Bridget Jones is single again, celebrating her 43rd birthday and still not fully recovered from breaking up with Mark Darcy. It's been a while since she's had some fun, and her girlfriend is determined to get her some action and decides to plan an ultimate girls weekend to a massive music festival. Bridget Jones's experience of glamping is just what we would expect: sheer humor, from falling into a pool of mud face down, to not recognizing celebrities. Ed Sheeran is a good sport making a cameo at the music festival. She meets her prince charming, dashing and handsome American named Jack (Patrick Dempsey). One thing leads to another and Bridget has her one-night fling.
Within a few days Bridget is at a christening as the Godmother of her friend's child where none other than Mark Darcy has also been chosen as the Godfather. Can we say "awkward"?
Sparks fly again. Bridget and Mark have an unforgettable night, and with Mark's phone going off as the workaholic he is, Bridget is reminded of why their relationship ended years before. She leaves his bedside before the morning writing him a note where we get a quick recap of their breakup.
Bridget vows to make a fresh start and to focus on herself. Despite all her efforts to stop making the same mistakes and a resolution to get fit, she notices that her workout regime isn't showing results, instead she's gaining weight. After a test, she finds out she's pregnant. But who's the father?
Easy solution: take an amniocentesis test and DNA from both potential fathers to get the answer. Once Bridget sees the size of the needle for the test she refuses to put her baby in danger. She decides to navigate pregnancy with both Jack and Mark until the baby is born.
The third film is a nice way to bid farewell to Bridget Jones and loved characters, if it is in fact the last movie.
"Bridget Jones's Baby" is a strong comeback. It's full of jokes and a hilarious baby-delivery scene, with comedy you'd find in an "I Love Lucy"episode. It's great seeing Bridget Jones back on screen, only this time she's not so insecure. The movie soundtrack gives you all the feels, especially Ellie Goulding's "Still Falling For You," pretty much sums up Bridget and Mark's relationship. And what about the playboy, Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant)? Although not physically present, it was very clever how he was scripted into the movie. The writers definitely made up for the previously dull "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason" with a cheerful, hilarious and entertaining new bundle of joy.
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