Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
Thursday, 25 November 2004 16:26

It's time to gather up some gal pals and head to the theatre! Released by Universal Pictures, The Edge of Reason is a return to the life of everyones favorite singleton, Bridget Jones!

Loosely based on the best selling novel by Helen Fielding, we pick up the story pretty much where we left off. Bridget is finally in a stable relationship with the understanding, if predictable, lawyer Mark Darcy. (Played by the original Mr. Darcy, Colin Firth "Pride & Predjudice") But things never seem to go right for Bridget, who's neurosis and lack of self-confidence always seem to land her in sticky situations.

First off, this movie doesn't seem to be getting very good reviews from other sources. The general consensus is that it is unoriginal. I never expect a sequel to be as original as the original. The hype surrounding sequels almost always sets you up for dissapointment. With unfixed expectations, I am more able to just sit back and enjoy myself.

Most of the negative reaction can be blamed on the original novel. For anyone who has read these books, let's just face it, the second one was a bit of a yawner! The better moments are captured here in the film, but thankfully much of the story has been altered. The film itself can be a bit choppy, and jolts along from one major event to the next. This causes things to get a little off track. But the wide variety of situations does provide opportunity for laughs.

References to Bridget's weight are part of the package but can be a little disconcerting. It could weigh heavily on the self esteem of some girls (no pun intended) to think of Renee Zellweger as fat - even with the extra weight she put on for the role. Unflattering camera work adds to the illusion. By checking the book I know that the character is supposed to be a whopping 130 lbs. (feel my sarcasm!) On the positive side though, we find her more successful, outspoken and far more confident than she was in the first film.

Maybe it's cliche, but Bridget is someone that I think a lot of young women can identify with. I know I feel the connection! Sadly, I only wish my life were as exciting! What girl wouldn't want Hugh Grant and Colin Firth fighting over her!

If you like a good Brit-com, definitely check out the hilarious BBC TV series "Coupling". Seasons 1-3 are available on DVD. Also, another great romantic Brit-com is "Love Actually", featuring a fantastic cast including both Colin Firth and Hugh Grant.