For Bridget Jones No.3, I was crying with laughter at some scenes (yes, me, a bloke!), and as well as a lot of great humour (consistently, too), there’s also some good drama in there, too, especally between Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey. In fact, this film feels more structured, this time round. Perhaps because it’s been written for the screen and not, initially, as a book?
And what happened to all the “V.G.” stuff I read about in the media at the time? Wasn’t that in this book, originally? It certainly wasn’t in any of the films. However, what was in this one, was a scene which references the time when a man called Guy Goma appeared on BBC News If you’re not sure what happened there, and are going to see this film, then only watch that video AFTERWARDS.
I must ask – God knows what Renée Zellweger did to her face (some sort of bizarre facial peel?), but she’s taken away the innocence of her original looks, which does hamper the character a bit and makes her less believeable, but there’s still enough in this film to make it work, and even at one point, she actually looks normal.
So, will we get Bridget Jones 4? Time will tell. As someone who never thought I’d get into these films in any way, I’m quite looking forward to a fourth installment. I understand ‘Baby’ is not based on the third book, Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy, and that this film takes place before that, so there’s already scope, there. In fact, October 11th sees the release of Bridget Jones’ Baby: The Diaries, the sixth novel about La Jones.
So, you’re all wanting to know… what does Bridget Jones give birth to? It’s a child.
And who is the father? Is it Mark? Is it Jack? You Won’t Believe What She Said Next! What She Said Will Shock And Surprise You!
(no, I’m not following the junk path set by the likes of godawful mind-numbing claptrap like Buzzfeed and Huffington Post)
Seriously, you’ll have to wait until you see the film, but apparently, three different endings were shot, and none of the cast members were told which one would be used until it came out in cinemas today!
And, a bizarre piece of trivia from IMDB, this is apparently the third time Patrick Dempsey has made his debut in the third movie of a franchise, following 2000’s Scream 3, and 2011’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
Oh, and yes, there is something after the credits, which I’ll hide by a spoiler heading (but it STILL doesn’t spoil the big news I refused to give earlier)
Bridget Jones’ Baby is not yet available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD, but you can buy the soundtrack CD, and also pre-order Bridget Jones’ Baby: The Diaries ahead of its released on October 11th, with more Bridget Jones books still available.
Also, click on the poster for the full-size version.
Running time: 123 minutes
Studio: Universal Pictures Int (UK)
Cinema: Vue, Lowry, Salford Quays
Released: September 16th 2016
Director: Sharon Maguire
Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Debra Hayward
Screenplay: Helen Fielding, Dan Mazer and Emma Thompson (based on the characters and story created by Helen Fielding)
Music: Craig Armstrong
Bridget: Renée Zellweger
Mark: Colin Firth
Jack: Patrick Dempsey
Mum: Gemma Jones
Dad: Jim Broadbent
Richard Finch: Neil Pearson
Shazzer: Sally Phillips
Miranda: Sarah Solemani
Cathy – Makeup Lady: Joanna Scanlan
Alice: Kate O’Flynn
Dr. Rawlings: Emma Thompson
Fergus: Julian Rhind-Tutt
Jude: Shirley Henderson
Giles: Ben Willbond
George Wilkins: Patrick Malahide
Tom: James Callis
Milo: Joseph Harmon
Gianni: Enzo Cilenti
Minister: Paul Bentall
Ariyaratna: Nick Mohammed
Camilla: Agni Scott
Glamorous Looking Woman: Katia Elizarova
Josh – Researcher: Tom Rosenthal
Laura (Young Assistant): Beattie Edmondson
Susan – Floor Manager: Laura Checkley
Jeremy: Darren Boyd
Magda: Jessica Hynes
Woney: Dolly Wells
Ginny: Alana Hood
Pierce: Ben Ashenden
Village Hall Photographer: Dominic Coleman
Una: Celia Imrie
Daisy: Debra Gillett
General Lu Tong: Bruce Wang
Midwife: Ashley McGuire
Wedding Minister: David Crow
Mrs. Darcy: Shirley Dixon
Admiral Darcy: Donald Douglas
Uncle Geoffrey: James Faulkner
Himself: Ed Sheeran
Daniel Carver: Hugh Grant?
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