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Bridget Jones’s Baby

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It’s been 12 years since the last Bridget Jones movie and 15 years since we had a decent Bridget Jones movie. Now Renee Zellweger is back as the loveable heroine but will she win back the hearts of the audience?

Bridget (Zellweger) is 43 and despite splitting with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) since the last movie she is celebrating life with a successful career as a television producer and spending time with her new friend Miranda (Sarah Solemani). However life gets complictaed when she falls pregnant and the father is either old flame Mark or dashing American Jack (Patrick Dempsey).

After the disapointing Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason finally we get a sequel that is a worthy successor to 2002’s Bridget Jones’s Diary and a great rom-com in it’s own right. Bringing back Bridget Jones’s Diary director Sharon Maguire was a smart move as is signing on Emma Thompson to co-write the screenplay. Together not only is the film funny but it also remembers not to treat Bridget as an incompentent idiot, fawning about over blokes. Instead we get a more grown up Bridget whose love life is not the be all and end all of her life, although she’s still a flawed woman who occassionally screws up (as many of us do). It also makes you appreciate Zellweger’s performance and the warmth she puts into portraying Bridget.

Although I was disapointed that Hugh Grant’s caddish Daniel Cleaver did not return, it would have been ridiculous if Bridget went back there with Daniel again. Plus the little mentions we do get about Daniel are hilarious. Stepping into the love triangle instead is Dempsey’s Jack, whose makes a worthy play for Bridget’s heart and refreshingly is a decent guy instead of another Daniel Cleaver in waiting. The best newcomers through are Solemani’s anchorwoman Miranda who has some of the best scenes and Emma Thompson’s Dr. Rawlings-Bridget’s gynacologist- who shows it pays to give yourself the best lines in the film you are co-writing.

For me this movie isn’t quite on par with Bridget Jones’s Diary and it’s a shame the film becomes a bit more conventional at the end. But overall it’s hilarious and makes you wish the film industry was producing more romantic comedies.

Rating 4/5 – fresh, funny and feelgood

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Kingsman: The Secret Service

KingsmanHave you ever watched the recent James Bond movies and think Daniel Craig is great but I miss the humour and style of the older Bond films? Well if so Kingsman: The Secret Service may have been made for you.

Unemployed teenager Eggsy (Taron Egerton) lives in London with his mum and abusive stepfather. His life changes when he meets Harry Hart (Colin Firth) and finds out about the Kingsman- a secret intelligence service that Eggsy’s father used to work for. Eggsy volunteers to join the agency and soon has to go through rigorous training against his peers for the role. Meanwhile Harry has to deal with a possible world crisis involving billionaire and philanthropist Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson).

Graphic cartoon violence and tongue in cheek humour are aplenty in this latest movie from Michael Vaughn. Once again adapting from the work of Mark Millar, Vaughn is at home in the outlandish action and set pieces. Whether it’s on the streets of London, the villain’s lair or in a top-secret facility Vaughn sets up his super spy world and feels accomplished whatever the setting. A lot of the movie’s fun comes from seeing a suave and suited Firth kicking ass in a heavily bloody and ultra violent manner. An unexpected fight in a church is a particular highlight and excellently directed. Newcomer Egerton is engaging as Eggsy, an intelligent but restless youth who becomes a fish out of water while dealing with the rich, upper class snobbery of his fellow Kingsmen. Egerton manages to command the screen alongside his more experienced co-stars and from this and his work in Legend, he is set to be a star in the making.

However some of the film’s jokes falls wide off the mark, particularly the end sex gag. I can see what they were trying to go for with a send up of James Bond-esque sex jokes but it ended up falling flat and leaves the film on a sour note. Also despite Jackson being on entertaining form, Valentine is not as memorable a villain as one would have hoped for.

Still despite the flaws Kingsman: The Secret Service is huge fun and I look forward to the proposed sequel coming soon.

Rating 3.5/5 – violent, funny and entertaining with Firth looking like he’s having a ball

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