Stars: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey, Emma Thompson, Sally Phillips, Sarah Solemani, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones, Shirley Henderson, James Callis.
Director: Sharon Maguire
Screenplay: Helen Fielding, David Nicholls, & Emma Thompson.
This film makes me happy, very very happy. Happy to see Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) and all her charm back on my screen. Bridget for once in her life seems to be so completely comfortable with who she is. It is so lovely to see this type of character development in such a natural, elegant manner. Bridget is super damn successful in her career, she has reached her goal weight (a big thing for a woman who spent most of her days stressing over it), she has amazing friends and colleagues, she is respected, and above all she has done this without a man on her side to represent said successful life.
I am just so happy to see her taking on the world, being an older woman in the workforce and accepting that not everything she expected in life is always meant to be; being married with a couple of kids. Half of this film is celebrating working women from many walks of life. One of my favourite relationships in the film is between Bridget and her friend and co-worker, 'Hard News' anchor Miranda. The total respect in this friendship is such a dose of fresh air; women respecting women—even when Bridget is telling Miranda to say such inappropriate crap for one of her guests but Miranda shows no hesitation to spout out the crap as she has full confidence in Bridget's professionalism.
That is one side, the other side of this movie is of course in regards to her two male love interests, new American man, Jack Qwant (Patrick Dempsey), and her on again off again love Mr. Mark Darcy (Colin Firth). These men are beautiful but it is always very clear that Bridget would be perfectly alright if they were not around. The reason they are around is because one of them just happened to have impregnated her. Their roles in this movie is to prove to her that they are the man that she should have around and are praying that they are indeed the father. It is actually quite beautiful in its positive portrayal of these two men so excited about their potential child with the woman that they both have a great deal of affection for.
This movie is genuinely so good. It is the perfect third act to Bridget Jones' life as she is finally happy within herself which has lead to her life actually being what she wants it to be. So everyone it may take time, but self acceptance is a powerful thing, so have faith in your own greatness.