Bridget Jones's Diary Reviews
Has everything a romedy really "needs". Sharp wit, charming leads and a whole lot of fun. 1 hour and 34 min of fluff is about all I can take.
It seems a bit pointless to review this one as it is pretty old now, and I think all that want to see it already would have, and those that haven't probably have no interest in doing so. However, I have set out to review all movies I see, including those I saw prior to joining Flixster as I rewatch them, so here goes...
This is a familiar story of a 30 something single girl, Bridget, who is desperate to find love. There are two men on the scene - Mark, (Colin Firth), and Daniel, (Hugh Grant). Mark is aloof and Daniel is a cheating rat -okay, it is a total no-brainer, but there are plenty of laughs along the way (usually at Bridget, she is a walking disaster, and very funny and likable).
Renee Zellweger is great as Bridget. A few here have complained about the accent. It is not the best, but I didn't find it too distracting. Shirley Henderson is way worse, and hers is for real! Hugh Grant also convincing, but probably he is not stretching too far from his actual personality. Colin Firth, to me, has always been the worst thing about this movie. He is so not leading man material (even Hugh is more charismatic!), and the character is very dry and stodgy. Admittedly written that way, but fails in my opinion. (I know plenty would disagree, perhaps that one is just me!).
Overall nice, funny little movie. Just the thing I felt like today as i am unwell at home. Temperature must really be up, as I am now contemplating watching the sequel, and can remember it was a howler!
its a hilarious funny british comedy and you couldnt have found a english person to play the character bridget as well as renne did so reli worth a watch
Bridget Jones is a real person. She's someone any of us knows, as are her two would-be suitors, her gadfly friends, her stroppy parents and the melange of people who populate her life in this year. How they got a woman from Texas to sound so believably British is a minor miracle, and it's one of the many ways Renee Zellweger shines in this role. British women need not despair that an American got this role, because she does them all proud. Though I've not read all of Helen Fielding's book, the film captures the essence of a thirtysomething woman struggling for self-definition in a world of pigeon holes.
What was even more refreshing was to see Hugh Grant playing a downright scoundrel, departing from the shy, erstwhile characters he usually plays. He, too, deserves kudos for a totally believable. So does Colin Firth as the stodgy Mark Darcy. Though a couple of characters in the book were a bit forgotten, the balance of the film is charming, endearing and down-to-earth. It's a film one can enjoy "just the way it is."