The story picks up four weeks after the first film, and already Bridget Jones is becoming uncomfortable in her relationship with Mark Darcy. Apart from discovering that he's a conservative voter, she has to deal with a new boss, strange contractor, and the worst vacation of her life.Written by
BBC newscaster and presenter of University Challenge Jeremy Paxman makes a short cameo appearance (greeting Hugh Grant's character Daniel Cleaver in passing and complimenting him on his show) in a scene that was filmed in one continuous shot, which required numerous retakes and took a long time to do. He commented that he usually covered the entire world news in the time it took to film this short sequence for a film. See more »
Bridget says at the beginning of the film, which is at Christmastime, that she has "been in a functional relationship with an adult male for six wonderful weeks," but she actually begins to date Mark Darcy the previous Christmas. This means they have been together for approximately one year. See more »
This new movie is OK, but I would have liked to have seen Sharon MacGuire direct instead of someone trying to steadfastly follow the tone of the first one. The narrative is very shaky and the first half of the movie was one embarrassing gag after another with only a few allusions to the original book (it veered off severely at certain points and made Bridget's friends and family very periferal to the story). Nevertheless, I think I identified with this movie more than the first one even though I liked the first one better.
As for the weight, I am very familiar with those issues. I personally think the director made sure Renee's clothes did not look right or fit her to make her weight issue more noticeable. All those sleeveless outfits helped. Her weight was always supposed to be around 130 lbs and she did not look that chubby in the first movie. I have a theory, this might have something to do with Richard Curtis who co-wrote this movie and wrote and directed Love Actually. He made a lot of fat jokes at the expense of the PM's love interest in that one. I think the battle to keep a decent weight is a very private one and it is a lot easier to cast a naturally thin woman who can put on or take off weight with more ease than one who is naturally a Bridget-sized person who struggles with weight because there are too many jokes in the movie about her weight. I think that kind of stigma can live with a person. Renee dropped most of the weight within two months of wrapping the film.
I do like the "just as you are" theme of the movie. The idea that someone could like Bridget in spite of her inward and outward flaws (and her paranoia) and could find her an intrinsically good person is a really good message. The fact is, most romantic comedies use gorgeous women, give them minor flaws or insecurities ("woe is me, I can't get a man!) and the guys eventually swoon for the girl. In the case of this movie, while the slapstick might have felt unrealistic, the romance felt real. Darcy never stopped caring for Bridget and he fought for her (literally) because he wanted to protect her from all of those who though he deserved better than her.
Overall, this movie is uneven but good because you can identify with the characters
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