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Bridget Jones's Diary
Health Warning: Adopting Bridget's lifestyle could seriously damage your health.
Bridget Jones’s Diary is a romantic love story comedy from the best selling novel of the same name by Helen Fielding. A chaotic Jones meets a snobbish lawer named Marc and soon he enters into her world of imperfections.
I have never confessed, nor will I ever confess in public that I adore and love this film unconditionally.
Hold on a sec...ah crap!
Sometimes I cannot help but feel sympathetic for the romantic comedy genre, constantly bombarded with products that depend on formula and ambitious casting to appeal to the mass market. Unlike the recent comic-book and young adult phenomenon, this is a genre that would never lose its appeal as it would forever be universal in its emotions and ideas; however, this is an area of cinema that finds too much precision in its target audience, hoping to aim to a singular brand of gender or attitude, which ironically narrows its appeal.
The greatest of romantic comedies have managed to remain standing in the test of time through its innovating techniques (Annie Hall), empathetic, challenging and engaging chemistry between its leads (When…
I'm slightly embarrassed to admit how much I love this film, and how much it is a running joke in my life. The stuff about F.R. Leavis is legendary, and me and my friends at uni spent our whole revision for our literary studies in first year quoting the film. "Ugh, he's just a knobby knobhead with no knob". Sally Phillips and James Callis steal the show.
"Do you know... where the toilets are?"
bruhhh Colin Firth.
this film never gets old.
Since I am no longer making a secret of my wild affection for Colin Firth, I revisited this now-classic rom-com on the advice of a friend. It'd been a long time since I'd seen it, and its story beats were more or less as I remembered them. But I was surprised by Renee Zellweger's likability and surprisingly un-terrible British accent, and the film was as enjoyably effervescent as most anything in its weight class.
But I am, of course, here for Firth, here again doing an updated but still smoldering Mr. Darcy. I've always been a fan of him in thick-rimmed glasses, but he did well here with his soul-searching eyes unadorned. I've never wanted to be Renee Zellweger so badly.
Bridget Jones's Diary (Sharon Maguire, 2001) 8/10
Tragic, plump spinster Bridget (Renée Zellweger) has her hands full with an assortment of funny characters in her life - smarmy Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant), her sex-god boss who is a total cad, the prim cold fish Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) who clashes with her initially but loves her too, a sympathetic dad (Jim Broadbent), a pretentious mum (Gemma Jones) and an annoying uncle (James Faulkner). Hilarious and sexy adaptation of the Helen Fielding bestseller has a game Zellweger (who put on twenty pounds and learned to speak with a posh Brit accent) playing the utterly charming, weight obsessed, chain smoking heroine who keeps a diary about her dismal love life. The entire cast works wonders (Zellweger has amazing chemistry with both Grant and Firth) due in very large part to the witty script which has a laugh every few minutes. Great fun.
Overall, I enjoyed this, for the overall rom-com it was. Albeit I'm not a fan of the genre, Bridget was very lovable and there were quite a few chuckles to be had.
bruhhh Colin Firth.
this film never gets old.
Colin Firth is absolute perfection.
"After this flick, we just change faces," Renée Zellweger
I always forget how much second hand embarrassment I feel when I watch this. Mostly I watch it for the most realistic dude fight in cinema.
I mean I guess I can see why some people would like this???
I'd never seen this one all the way through. It's a really lovely movie. And a real case for how more romanitc movies would do with smaller stakes. Sometimes "I like you very much, just as you are" is much more effective than "I LOVE YOU" (though there's almost nothing I love more than that if it's done well...) Rene Zellweger's accent is surprisingly convincing, and Bridget's voice is specific and interesting. Hugh Grant is just the right amount of douchebag. Colin Firth is especially great, I love how he's not afraid to be truly awkward (in this and in the P&P miniseries) rather than just silent and soulful. I also thought that Jim Broadbent was truly amazing in this,…
Sure I'd probably like this more if I'd seen a traditional adaptation of Sense and Sensibility first, but was in a Richard Curtis mood.
Couldn't they have gotten an actual brit for the starring role? Feels like a spaghetti romcom.
With that being said, Hugh Grant is amazing playing off-type + it's really refreshing to have an R-rated romance that isn't raunchy.
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