‘You will leave the cinema smiling’
Bridget Jones is the poster girl for single women everywhere.
The world has now been entertained by several books and films about the life and loves of the clumsy yet delightful Bridget Jones, singleton.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that women everywhere are grateful for the prevalence of the slimming underwear range made famous by Bridget.
When you ask a department store if they stock Bridget Jones pants the staff know what you mean.
Those pants provide an instant diet. The fat miraculously rearranges itself.
Anyway, when Bridget Jones’ Diary was published in the 1990s, a friend rang to say her mother had announced that someone had written a book about me.
I didn’t know whether to be flattered or insulted.
For a start I was much younger than Bridget was supposed to be.
After reading the book, I had to admit she had a point.
Back then my social life also involved spending vast amounts of time drinking wine with my friends, gossiping, smoking and constantly falling for the wrong men.
However, like me, Bridget has moved on, and had the good sense to give up smoking.
Last weekend I went to see the latest film, Bridget Jones’ Baby.
Renee Zellweger is perfectly cast in the lead role.
In summary, Bridget finds out she’s pregnant.
The baby’s unclear.
The film rattles along as Bridget juggles pregnancy, her work and the attention of both an old flame, the repressed but awfully decent Mark Darcy (played by Colin Firth) and new love, Jack Qwant (played by Patrick Dempsey), a lively, outgoing American billionaire.
There are many laughs and farcical moments, a superb soundtrack, stunning shots of London and a stack of cliche´s about Americans.
Bridget’s ever loyal group of
is friends are there to offer support every step of the way along with her over the top mother and her calm, steady Dad.
The cast includes some amusing colleagues, particularly television news presenter Miranda, played by Sarah Solemani.
There is comic genius in Bridget’s job as a news producer and some scathing but accurate reflections on the media in today’s society.
I certainly related to aspects of the film.
Like me, Bridget finds herself attending many child focussed events. I know that feeling.
One minute you’re attending 21st birthday parties and weddings.
Then before you can say pass the parcel the years roll by and you’re out at Remarkables Park wondering what the hell to buy a five year old while contemplating how you will handle a house full of screaming children, fairy bread and sausage rolls.
Bridget has to choose which man (if either) she wants to be with. It’s complicated.
I won’t ruin the ending, however I’d certainly recommend the film. You will leave the cinema smiling.
I personally was impressed by the fact that Mark Darcy is a human rights lawyer.
You don’t get much nobler than that in a career.
Queenstown is not awash with human rights lawyers but I will keep my eye out.
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