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Bridget Jones’s Baby


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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The Rewrite (2014)

The RewriteHugh Grant has long cornered the market on romantic comedies, first typecast as the bumbling, uptight English gentleman in Four Weddings and a Funeral, then as the rougish, playboy in Bridget Jone’s Diary. But will his latest movie The Rewrite provide Grant with anything new?

Keith Michaels (Hugh Grant) was once an award winner screenwriter, however he hasn’t had a hit in years. When he reluctantly takes up a job teaching a screenwriting course at Binghamton University he’s surprised to find he’s actually good at it. But can he resist falling back into old patterns and ill-advised love affairs.

The Rewrite isn’t a classic rom-com, but nor is it a complete flop. It’s aims for middle of the road romance with some gentle laughs and it. I liked the fact the film focused on Keith’s class as well as the budding romance with single mum Holly (Marisa Tomei), whose also a student in his class. Tomei and Grant are both likeable in their roles and make it easier to watch. The film also benefits from having J.K. Simmons and Allison Janney in supporting roles.

The only thing is that The Rewrite doesn’t bring anything new or ground-breaking to the genre. While it’s fine to be easy watching, it couldn’t think of a lot to say about it after I finished watching it. Hence why this review is shorter than usual.

Rating 2.5/5 – a non offensive and simple rom-com


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