Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
Cast: Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth
Director: Beeban Kidron
Yep, Big-knickers Bridget is back and before you can say pass the Chardonnay, you’ll see that not a lot has changed. Our Bridge still has to attend Mum and Dad’s embarrassing family parties with the leering uncle, she’s still being engaged in ever more daring assignments for her cable channel presenter boss (Neil Pearson), she’s still got her three annoying friends who still don’t seem that believable but come up with thoroughly believably bad advice and she’s still got a complicated love life that inevitably forces her to keep jottings in a diary.
In ‘Edge of Reason’, monosyllabic beau Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) is very much feet under the table, slippers under the bed, kingpin live-in lover. Bridget’s living with him and loving every minute of it. At least she would .. but then life would truly perfect wouldn’t it. Instead though, she’s painfully insecure and has trouble fitting in with Mark’s high-brow circle of intellectual business friends, so she and Mark hit a rocky patch, just as Bridget bumps into former slimeball Daniel Cleaver (Grant). Cleaver is so much more exciting as a character merely because he’s a slimeball. Mind you it wouldn’t be difficult for him to be more exciting given that Darcy is about as interesting as wallpaper – he’s sort of there all the time, does a high-powered job but out of it, is merely bland and decorative.
So what’s going to happen ? Will Bridget stick with perfect Darcy or begin to fall for Cleaver’s charms, given she has to work with him on a foreign TV travel assignment. There’s a sense of déjà vu about sequel Edge of Reason but it’s likeable and one suspects as a chick-flick, it will prompt laughs in the same places as the first film – when Bridget does an airborne Bond parody (great to watch), when she’s busy making a prat of herself at a posh dinner ball, and when she’s trying to make a go of things on the ski slopes. Its fish-out-of-water humour but it works well because Zellweger does such a good job at making her likeable. We laugh at Bridget but we’re also deeply sympathetic of her plight.
Towards the end of the film, things even seem to become a tad more serious as Bridget finds herself in deep poo in a foreign country, but Kidron still manages to make the situation comic in a way that you’ll either go with or cringe a bit over. Some have said this is ‘so 1999’ as a film, but I suspect that Bridget’s fans will still be there in large numbers and whilst the Darcy character may be annoying merely Firth can’t do much with it, the other two are good and there are enough laughs to make it worthwhile. As a girlie comedy this is a good two hours’ entertainment and it should be judged on those terms. It was fun to be in Bridget’s company again, I suspect others will be pleased to have her back, déjà vu or not.