Title: Bridget Jones’s Diary Director: Sharon Maguire Year: 2001 Run time: 1hr 37m
“Renée Zellweger earned an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of Bridget Jones, a thirty-something single English woman who decides to improve her life and chronicles the efforts in a diary. We follow her efforts through her wry and witty narration, as she struggles with career, family, and romantic challenges. Academy Award-winner Jim Broadbent co-stars along with Golden Globe winner Hugh Grant and Colin Firth.”
2:26 - I mean, there’s overbearing mothers and then there’s one who lays out your clothes when you’re thirty. 5:45 - Nothing wrong with binge watching Frasier. 10:52 - Oh, I forgot how awkward the book is. The film must be the same. 15:53 - Hugh Grant playing a cad, for once in his life. 20:23 - Perpetua is an odd name. 22:11 - Writer spotting! Lots of fun. 26:53 - It’s amazing how odd her smoking seems now. 32:41 - Was gonna say open top cars can be tricky, but actually not sure I’ve been in one. 39:27 - Lovely Honor Blackma 44:02 - Fatal Attraction spoiler alert! 49:22 - She must have notice to work. 53:59 - ‘Sprogged up’ is potentially the worst phrase in the history of the world. 1:03:23 - I mean, people like him, but he seems really creepy to me. 1:09:03 - “Should I bring my duelling pistols or my sword?” 1:15:17 - You don’t want to go out with someone who’s purple. 1:22:50 - Oh, Bridget. She really does say whatever is on her mind without thinking. 1:27:09 - Bridget chooses not to go to Paris. Amazing. 1:31:16 - Why would he just walk out on her though?
I’ve seen this before, as well as about half an hour of the sequel. I got really annoyed at part 2, and that probably put me in a bad frame of mind rewatching this one. But it was Valentine’s weekend, and this seemed to be the right kind of film to be watching.
I really think the books are a lot better. I don’t get Colin Firth in this at all. To my mind, he comes across as creepy, unhelpful, and very unlikeable. He has his issues, fine, but at what point is he actually nice to Bridget so that she might end up liking him? I don’t get it.
There are some funny moments, the blue soup always gets a laugh, but as rom-coms go, there have been a lot better since. And probably before.