Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

Director: Sharon Maguire
Cast: Ren
ee Zellweger, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Gemma Jones, Jim Broadbent

Yeah, I watched Bridget Jones’s Diary, big whoop, wanna fight about it?
It’s films like these that lead me to believe that women know something that men don’t. The chick flick, a common staple in a woman’s life, the bane of mine. Cait, I hope you are reading this…

The plot:
Bridget Jones (Zellweger) is a sad little lady who can’t get a boyfriend, oh my god. (AND she has only 24 hours to stop a nuclear war with China!) So, she does the good and healthy thing and starts a diary in order to  put her life back on track. This involves losing weight, quit smoking, but first and foremost, keep on top of her love life. This is upturned immediately when she begins to have an affair with her ‘saucy’ boss, Daniel Cleaver (Grant), all the while under the watchful eyes of her parents, friends, and one Mark Darcy (Firth), who has taken a curious interest in her.

….why was this film such a big deal?! I can’t figure it out. It’s like holding a parade for a stapler, it was blown way out of proportion! There is going to be some biased opinions on this blog every now and then, and always when Hugh Grant is involved, the smarmy British twat-face. So let’s get the proper, decent review out-of-the-way so that I can really let rip with roasting of the cast.

To give the film credit, it is easy to watch. It is fast paced, and there is constant chatter with witty enough dialogue bouncing around. You’ll hardly notice your brain cells committing suicide. This issue I have with this (and, yes, this will probably apply to all romantic comedies) is that it is painfully predictable. From the moment characters are introduced, you know what’s going to happen to them. A ‘twist’ that takes place at the end of the film is so horribly obvious, it can hardly be called a twist at all.

The only place where this doesn’t occur is the, sadly underused, sub plot of Bridget’s parents. This seems to really be going places, adding a degree of gritty reality, which is then bizarrely wrapped up in a fuzzy package. Oddly, this feels forced here, being warm and fuzzy just for the sake of being warm and fuzzy, which is irksome. What also seems underused is any exchanges between Bridget and her friends, the wittiest parts of the film by far.

However, the primary focus must go on the main cast. Whereas Zellwegger generally has to simply appear in a film to put me off, I am forced to admit, she does good work here. Despite the ludicrously pointless plot, she is utterly believable and even likeable as the nutty Bridge. The same, however, cannot be said for her two co-leads.

Grant…cannot play anyone other than himself. It is incredibly frustrating. It’s clear that he is trying to branch out a bit from his typical befuddled British gentleman role, but the whole time he is onscreen, all one can think is, there’s Hugh Grant. He may have a name in this film, but I’ve forgotten what it was as I’m distracted by his foppish nature and the fact that his teeth are bigger than small children. Firth is more forgivable in that he is simply given a somewhat robotic role. When given the chance to be charming in any way, he somewhat pulls it off, but the writing really doesn’t allow for a lot of this throughout the film.

The only way I can sum this film up with peace of mind is by accepting the fact that my opinion is going to intrude massively over the quality of the film itself. This is a chick flick through and through. It has been given good reviews time and time again, though I cannot understand why. It is simply a matter of taste. For guys, and girls with similar tastes to me I suppose, it is watchable and you will not feel as though you have lost an hour and a half of your life afterwards. It is the most generic chick flick you will probably ever come across, and therefore has a few good laughs to get it through. However, it is still a small film, pretty trashy at that, and features a fight scene to the sounds of “It’s Raining Men”.

Awful Rating: 5/10

“Resolution #1: Uggg – will obviously lose 20 lbs. #2: Always put last night’s panties in the laundry basket. Equally important: will find nice sensible boyfriend and stop forming romantic attachments to any of the following: alcoholics, workaholics, sexaholics, commitment-phobics, peeping toms, megalomaniacs, emotional fuckwits, or perverts. Will especially stop fantasizing about a particular person who embodies all these things.” – Bridget Jones

Shamelessly Awful Facts:

  • Believe it or not, I had a choice when selecting what movie to watch. That’s pretty shameful…still, it was a brain dead film well suited to a brain dead evening.
  • If there is anyone who likes Hugh Grant while reading this review, I do apologise for the slagging I gave him. It’s incredibly hard to resist as he is one of the few actors I detest. Something about the hair, I think. Still, he’ll be dead someday, that gives me some comfort. It is also unlikely I’ll ever review anything again with him in it.
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  2. Hugh Grant is good in The Pirates! And I like Colin Firth! Pride and Prejudice was what made me initially think I didn’t….

  3. I like this.
    Last night Bridget Jones 2 was on- I watched the first five minutes and then put on something else. But there was one parody shot of Colin Firth running through a meadow, and all it did was make me want to watch the BBC Pride and Prejudice- the only thing I’ve ever liked him in.
    Incidentally, I’ve never liked Hugh Grant in anything.

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