About a month
and a half into her blissful new relationship with Mark Darcy (Colin
Firth), everyone’s favorite singleton, Bridget Jones (Renee
Zellweger), is proud to no longer be a “tragic spinster” but
embarrassing things keep happening and Mark is now working with tall,
thin Rebecca (Jacinda Barrett). Bridget’s insecurities lead to a break
up and of course Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) likes to flash his grin.
But will Mark’s help to get Bridget out of a Thai prison on a bogus
drug charge bring them back together? And will he propose?!!? Of
Much ado was
made of the casting of Renee Zellweger when Bridget Jones’s Diary
was released. When her performance turned out to be exceptional
(earning an Oscar nomination) and when Colin Firth was finally given a
big romantic lead and Hugh Grant was cast wonderfully against type as
a cad, they were the icing on the enjoyable cake of a truly real,
romantic and hilarious script. The script is where the sequel falls
short. Despite game performances from all three leads and plenty of
romance and humor, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason doesn’t
quite equal its predecessor.
of Music, James Bond,
and the first Bridget film are all referenced in the first ten
minutes of this sequel as Bridget and Mark, firmly ensconced in their
love, see each other again at the Turkey Curry Buffet thrown by
Bridget’s mom again. Both in horrible sweaters, again. Then while
reporting, Bridget jumps out of a plane and lands in a pig pen, her
derriere making a beeline for the camera, just like in the first film.
This is funny, so it takes a bit of the borrowed feeling out of it,
but it is an example of the less fresh feeling about this film. The
endearingly embarrassing comedy Bridget goes through is still here,
though, and usually funny, so you love the character as much as ever.
Perhaps even more so, as she makes the mistakes so many people do of
letting their insecurities get the better of them in a relationship
and they end up sabotaging themselves. Zellweger is more than adequate
at showing this; you take a second look and notice she has actually
used the comedy to craft a character.
Beeban Kidron, much more experienced than the original’s Sharon
Maguire was, takes a few risks and hold up her end. You wouldn’t
expect CGI in a romantic comedy, and you pretty much notice where it
is, but Kidron uses it well. That panorama of London that connects
Bridget and Mark is memorable. She’s also kept the fun use of
recognizable songs for the soundtrack. She can do nothing, however,
about the slightly ludicrous Thai prison plot development except
photograph the country beautifully and make it quick. She lingers on
the romantic moments from Mark just the right amount and genuinely
creates a tension as to whether Daniel has changed. Firth and Grant
just seem to live in these roles, each delicious and effective. To me,
the biggest laugh of the movie comes with their fight rematch! Of the
support, veterans Jim Broadbent and Gemma Jones as Bridget’s parents
are wasted, with little screen time. With a better script, these
performers truly could’ve done even more.
eye-catching cinematography of the theatrical version and the color is
preserved well in this 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation.
song is presented loud and clear in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround.
Spanish and French language tracks are available, as are English,
Spanish and French subtitles.
by Director Beeban Kidron:
She offers a solo track that is interesting, with discussion of the
choices she made, insights into the filming process, the soundtrack,
and praise for the actors. I liked what she had to say about certain
scenes of the script and author Helen Fielding’s novel.
Scenes: There are three
scenes here, none of which are just extended, which is a good thing.
They are well introduced by Kidron, explaining why they were cut, and
they are entertaining. The christening sequence is good.
Mark Forever: A
too-brief studio featurette about the romance in the film, with cast
interviews and clips. I love this couple and the format is familiar,
so this is a nice extra.
London: A very
interesting short feature on the techniques used to create that
memorable panorama of London. The CGI and blue-screen work has little
details you don’t notice until Kidron and an effects supervisor
comment on them.
Interviews Colin Firth:
This is basically a scene from the book that couldn’t be included for
obvious reasons. Firth is playing Mark! But it is funny and has that
Mark and Daniel’s hilarious fight is the focus of another brief studio
featurette. This time, though, the cast interviews are funny because
Firth and Grant take good-natured jibes at each other. Really fun.
Who Do You
A series of questions that has the taker “choose” between Mark and
Daniel. It’s fun once but basically filler material.