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This film is the follow up to Bridget Jone's Diary and usually I think it is even better than the first film.
Once again it stars Renee Zelweger as Bridget Jones, Hugh Grant as Daniel Cleaver and Colin Firth as Mark Darcy. At the start of the film we see that Bridget is happily dating Mark Darcy and she couldn't be happier. Bridget is also still working on tv but her job isn't as glamorous as it sounds. Things are going great for Bridget until she meets Rebecca who is a co-worker of Mark Darcy's. Bridget gets it into her head that Rebecca is after Mark and each time Bridget sees her she seems to make a complete fool of herself and acts very jealous. Mark suggests that he and Bridget go on a skiiing mini break which Bridget is very excited about until she realises that Rebecca and some of Mark's other co-workers are also there. She also thinks she may be pregnant whilst they are away which leads to a very frank discussion between Mark and Bridget on child rearing and leaves them both feeling a little put out. Things soon escalate when they arrive home and after another argument Bridget breaks up with Mark. A heartbroken Bridget has even more to feel unhappy about when she arrives at work to be told she will be working with Daniel Cleaver and the two of them get sent to Thailand to film a tv programme. Things go from bad to worse for Bridget in Thailand and the pickle she gets herself into is unbelievable hard for her to get out of. What she needs is a knight in shining armour.
This film is fantastic. I loved the first film but this film is so good for a follow up. It follows on from the first film but the story is so unique and different and keeps you guessing which I love. There are lots of funny moments as Bridget makes a fool of herself and jumps to the wrong conclusions but you also feel sorry for her because she is so sweet and vunerable.
The acting in it is great and you really believe the actors in their roles. The soundtrack also works really well and features some popular songs and they really help to convey what is happening on screen.
I would definately recommend this film for a good girly night in and it is a film you can watch again and again and never get bored of.
RELEASED: 2004, Cert.15
RUNNING TIME: Approx. 105 mins
DIRECTOR: Beeban Kidron
Renee Zellweger (as Bridget Jones)
Hugh Grant (as Daniel Cleaver)
Colin Firth (as Mark Darcy)
After having suffered the agonies of the damned trying to keep my eyes focused on Bridget Jones's Diary from beginning to end (a truly major feat which was grudgingly accomplished), I reluctantly settled to watch the sequel, The Edge Of Reason, which I believe is an adaptation of the second (and I hope final) novel in the Bridget Jones series.
The film stars the same main characters, and really is more or less a repeat of Bridget Jones's Diary, but contains slightly different events occurring in slightly different locations.
The situation is pretty much the same; Bridget begins another diary with the same old resolutions about losing weight and has the same peculiarly boring bunch of friends, but this time she's in what appears to be a reasonably contented relationship with Mark Darcy (played by Colin Firth), until she throws a minor fit of hysterics when she believes he isn't standing up for her or supporting her.
After Bridget walks out on Mark, the predictable happens and we see love rat lounge lizard Daniel Cleaver (played by Hugh Grant) endear himself back into Bridget's affections.
The remainder of the film, plot-wise, is identical to Bridget Jones's Diary in that it's a 'does she end up with Mark, with Daniel or render herself manless' state of affairs. The only significant difference between the two films is that Bridget manages to squeeze a rather silly parachute jump, a senseless skiing holiday and an ill-fated trip to Thailand into the proceedings.
Despite the almost verbatim similarity of plot, I did find The Edge Of Reason just a tad more watchable than the first in the two-film series ('Diary'). I could have considered The Edge Of Reason possibly even more banal than 'Diary', but what saved it for me was that it did contain a smattering of borderline serious moments which I felt may develop into something interesting - it was those moments that held my attention to the film...but sadly, those moments didn't develop into anything even mildly conveying a reasonable level of depth and meaning. Similarly, there were a couple of moderately amusing scenarios in the film which I felt - with careful handling - could have evolved into some decent humour, but it just didn't happen. Banality ruled yet again! Of course banality can be acceptable if it's intelligently dealt with, but in my opinion this wasn't.
Despite the overall lacklustre of the film, I feel The Edge Of Reason holds a lot more creative potential than 'Diary', yet as far as I'm concerned, it wasn't spotted and tapped into....or maybe it was spotted, but not enough care was taken to develop this potential into what could possibly have ended up being a moderately good, vaguely watchable movie.
I found Bridget's voice very slightly less grating than it had been during 'Diary', but I was irritated to see Mark and Daniel resorting to fisty-cuffs with one another yet again. That embarrassing debacle is something which under no circumstances should have been repeated. It was also rather tedious to bring back the issue (plus the item itself) of Bridget's outsize stomach-flattening knickers!
One little good bit to say about The Edge Of Reason; I actually felt that Colin Firth came into his own and stole the show with his reasonable portrayal of Mark Darcy. Colin's acting abilities shone through for me in the sense that Mark's affection for Bridget came across as 100% genuine, particularly via his facial expressions, and I commend him for that.
I'd say that it's no good watching The Edge Of Reason without seeing 'Diary' first, but overall it is just a tiny bit better than its predecessor.....though not enough to earn anything higher than a single star rating from me.
I am guessing here at which one of these two sequelled films people would in general prefer, and I feel that those who loved 'Diary' may find The Edge Of Reason a disappointment; alternatively and like myself, those who hate 'Diary' may well have found The Edge Of Reason a touch better.....not a lot....just the merest of smidgeons!
The Edge Of Reason will be packed off next week, together with 'Diary', and donated to a charity shop where some poor soul may be able to make good use of them. I'm just glad I didn't have to pay for them in the first place.
My message to film directors en masse is, please now put Bridget to rest, and let her fluff her remaining days away privately, to indulge in her own peculiar form of madness....well away from the eyes of the camera. Ahhh, blessed relief!
For those who find the idea of the world of Bridget Jones appealing yet haven't managed to see the sequel to 'Diary', The Edge Of Reason can be purchased from Amazon as follows:-
New: from £1.18 to £11.20
Used: from 1p to £8.99
Collectible: 2 copies currently available, at £3.49 and £3.99
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This film is a sequel to the first Bridget Jones movie, and while I found it equally entertaining, I have to say that it was slightly more serious and less funny than the first movie. But I still liked it for sheer entertainment factor- and also because I've been dying to know what happens with Bridget afterwards! I have to say that Renée Zellweger does have this charming screen presence! Her endearing, quirky on screen persona might really have rendered another actress irritating and annoying, but she delivers such a flawless performance that you can't help but like her!
One month after she got together with Mark Darcy, Bridget is thriving on the bliss of love. Being late every single day for work and happily excusing herself by saying that she just got out of bed with her "lawyer" boyfriend, life couldn't be better. Until she starts feeling insecure- and develops doubts about the relationship between Mark and his beautiful co-worker, Rebecca. Not long after her fight and confrontation with Mark, Daniel Cleaver makes a sudden appearance back into her life...i
While nothing will ever compare to the first movie, I would say that this one can be qualified as a decent sequel. What I personally loved the most was to see the manner in which Bridget handled (or tries to handle) her numerous insecurities- starting with the fact that she is struggling to trust Mark with all her heart. I don't understand why Bridge is considered "fat", but was glad to see that she looked as huggable as ever; hence keeping her more accessible and relatable to the general public. Her unchanged appearance was in fact among the main elements that helped into keeping this smooth transition from the first to this second movie.
Like I said before, this film contains more serious thematic features than the first one. I think its one step down from the somewhat shallow, albeit entertaining elements that were included in the first movie. It was interesting to see Bridget in the midst of more intense topics- and only enhanced my opinion about Renée Zellweger's performance. She was nearly flawless in her line deliveries- even if her facial expressions have become somewhat repetitive regardless of circumstances. The producers also showed another facet of a Bridget in love: While she basked more in an after-sex glow during her fling with Daniel Cleaver, it is obvious that Bridget's relationship with Darcy is more based on emotions- hence setting the tone for all the drama associated with such sentiments!
As far as Daniel Cleaver and Mark Darcy are concerned, they remained rather framed within their respective personalities. However, Mark Darcy's more personal side is slightly more exposed. I particularly liked these bits because I didn't really like the way in which they developed Daniel Cleaver more than Darcy in the first movie- and then made the main protagonist end up with him standing as a rather secondary character. If you're wondering what attracted Bridget so much to Mark, well this is where you'll find your answers.
There are less laughs and Bridget's famous bloopers in this movie, but it still remain quite an entertaining one. Especially when highlighted by the "things" that always seem to happen to Miss Jones. Can't say more here without giving spoilers away!
Main Cast list includes:
* Renée Zellweger
* Hugh Grant
* Colin Firth
* Gemma Jones
* Jim Broadbent
* Jacida Barrett
* Sally Phillips
* Shirley Henderson
Overall, if you liked and watched the first movie, this is quite a recommended one. While lacking the humor and entertaining shallowness of the first Bridget Jones, it still remains quite a nice watch!
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This film is an adaptation of Helen Fieldings second Bridget Jones book, "The Edge of Reason". I absolutely loved the first film and I loved both books. Therefore this film was eagerly anticipated.
Be warned - this review does give away main elements of the plot!
Bridget and Mark Darcy (colin firth) are still together after the first film. However after an eventful skiing trip and Law Council dinner things are soon on the rocks. Bridget visits Thailand with her old love interest from the first film Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) for work. Shazza (Bridgets best mate joins her on the holiday. Things start well with Daniel but soon turn sour and Bridget ends up in Thai prison after a 'present' from a fellow traveller is revealed as containing cocaine. Mark Darcy soon comes to the rescue and faith in their relationship is restored.
I found this film thoroughly enjoyable. Again Renee Zellweger excels as Bridget who despite best intentions continues to have a number of mishaps and disasters, the scene where she sings Madonna with fellow Thai inmates is hilarious!
Again there is a romantic ending and Mark Darcy is certainly the knight in shining armour! Colin Firth is of course absolutely gorgeous in this role.
However, I have to admit I didn't enjoy quite as much as the first. Bridget comes across as slightly annoying and unreasonable. Sometimes I question why Mark Darcy puts up with her! This may be more to do with trying to squeeze the book into a two hour film. I also find Bridget's best friend Shazza's character a bit weak and annoying but again there isn't really enough time to develop this further.
Despite this it still very good and probably better than alot of other 'chick flicks' out there. The first film was just a tough act to follow!
Having enjoyed the the original Bridget Jones' Diary, I - like many others - really looked forward to the sequal. How could it fail - particularly with the dual attraction of Hugh Grant and Colin Firth?
We all know by now that Renee Zellweger had to put on weight to play the part of Bridget Jones - and thereby hangs my first problem with the film. Somehow in the first film Bridget looked cuddly whereas in this sequal she just looks fat. That's the problem when you put on weight - you can never guarantee where it will go on.
So then there's problem number two - how can such an overweight girl pull not one but two such A class guys? I know that we often have to suspend belief in such romantic comedies but this took the biscuit.
Then there's problem number three - the director seems to have learnt from the first film that certain scenes worked so, hey, lets repeat them in film two - hence the ridiculous fight between Colin and Hugh.
Simply put the story is about Bridget and her Mr Darcey (Colin Firth) finding it difficult to maintain a relationship against the backdrop of Bridgets insecurities and jealousies. After splitting up, Bridget finds herself teamed up with her ex - Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) to present a TV travel programme about Thailand. To go any further with the story may spoil it for you - but there are many other things to do with your life than watch this film more than once.
Well as I reviwed the first Bridget Jones film yesterday I thought it would be a good idea to do the seond today so here I go.......
Bridget Jones 2: The Edge Of Reason is a 2004 rom-com based on the novel by Helen Fielding of the same name, and the same as the first film it stars Renne Zellweger in the lead role with Hugh Grant and Colin Firth in the two supporting roles.
Critics have slated the film because of its vast differences to the novel but having watched the film but not read the book I cant comment on that.
What Is This Film About:
The movie begins where the first one left off with Bridget and Mark Darcy now an item and blissfully happy together, but this wouldnt be a Bridget Jones film if she was happy and in a relationship!!
Bridget starts to notice the cracks in her relationship appearing when she go to a "Law Council Dinner" with her lovely boyfriend and he leaves her alone all night, and seems like he would rather talk to his work colleagues than her, after the dinner she starts a huge argument about not fitting in with his friends and stating that she is annoyed with his uptight behaviour.
Once home she begins to regret acting so badly (as she was hoping her would propose that night) and as she is ringing him to apologise he turns up at her flat and tells her he loves her for the first time and invites her to go on a skiing break with him, and after some initial concerns she agrees.
Once on the skiing break however she begins to regret it almost immediatley, she finds out that Mark's work colleague the beautiful Rebecca is also there and she begins to wonder if they are really just work colleagues after all. When Mark leaves her on here own again, Bridget has a shocking thought that she hasnt had her period for 8 weeks and quickly rushes off to buy a test!
As she is sat in the hotel room waiting for the result Mark walks in and see's what she's doing. He seems to be very excited but a disagreement about the baby's upbringing ruins the moment, while the test comes back negative.
Once back home Bridget is crushed to find out that Mark is not even considering marriage or even sure that he wants to marry again, so Bridget asks him straight if he is cheating on her with Rebecca and when he cant give her a straight answer they split up. So Bridget is back to being all alone again or is she?
Cue the return of Daniel Cleaver. Bridget is offered a new job at the television station where she now works, going to different countries and basically reviewing them, but theres a catch her co-host will be none other than her ex boss and lover Daniel. She reluctantly excepts the job and prepares to jet of to her first location Thailand with her mate Shazzer in tow. Having been seated together on the plane Bridget and Daniel's old flirtation starts up again, with Shazzer having found a holiday romance as well in the form of cute Jed. While in Thailand Bridget spends time with Daniel and starts to think he is a changed man, just as she is about to give in and give him another chance, a prostitute enters Daniels room and she realises he will never change.
As Shazzer and Bridget prepare to fly back to the UK Bridget puts a holiday gift that Jed gave Shazzer in her bag and quickly gets to the airport. On beknown to her the holiday gift is stuffed with cocaine whih the airport dogs sniff out immediatley and Bridget is sent to a thai jail!!
Will This Be The End For Bridget Jones? Or Will She Finally Get Her Happily Ever After? Watch The Film To Find Out!!
What I Thought Of The Film:
I thought it was a great film, not as good as the first one but brilliant nonetheless.
This film does have a lot more storylines than the first and has the same likable characters and funny one-liners. I would definatley watch this film again and go out and buy it as I thought it was great. Again same as the first it may be more suitable for older children as younger ones may not get the jokes and there is some sexual innuendo and sex scenes. A great chick-flick film which I think men would enjoy as well :)
Price & Stockists:
Amazon: Brand New: £4.98 Pre-Owned: £2.00
Play.com: Coudlnt find the dvd on its own but it does have the 2 dvd box set for £8.99 (Bridget Jones & Bridget Jones 2:The Edge Of Reason)
HMV: Again couldnt find it on single dvd but the boxset is £6.49
If you just want the single dvd then Id ssay its best to go to amazon but if you enjoyed the first film and would like the second you can get it easily under £10 from any of the above mentioned sites :)
I loved both of the Bridget Jones books and especially loved the sequal book, so was looking forward to this film. When I left the cinema I as left feeling quite disappointed.
They completely deviated from the book that Helen Fielding wrote. They kept in certain elements, but messed around completely with the way the stroy was. The most ridiculous part of this film was the way they changed the character of Rebecca who was after Darcy in the book into a Lesbian who was after Bridget. That was just unbelievable and stupid.
I know I often moan about screenwriters changing books for the big screen and I have to admit that sometimes there are good reasons, particularly where there are long pieces of narrative or decriptive text, but I do not think that any of these points applied here. Gone was the plot about the builder who was adapting Bridgets flat. Gone was the story of her mothers adoption of a Masai tribal warrior and of Uncle Geoffrey coming out. There was so much in the book that I looked forward to being put on the big screen that was not there, that I did feel really let down by the film.
I cannot say I hated the film, because Renee Zellweger's phenomenal portrayal of Bridget made up for a lot. She just is Bridget Jones. Her accent is so perfect and he ditsyness and clumsyness does not seem contrived and fake. I also enjoyed the performances by Hugh Grant and Colin Firth, the fight scene was great. When I was able to swallow my irritation with the mangling of the plot and sit back and watch the film I did laugh at the story they had put together. Although the scene where she skies into a pharmacy and then tries to buy a pregnancy kit went a little too far. It was just a bit too much farce.
If you can suspend your irritation with the changes made and ignore the parts where they go a little over the top then I think this is quite an enjoyable film, not as good as the first, but enjoyable. The souind track is good and on the whole the cast is excellent. I particularly liked the scenes in the Thai prison where Bridget wins over all the prisoners with a wonder bra and Madonna songs. When she listens to their harrowing tales and then recounts her ridiculously trivial problems with Mark Darcy and they all comfort her, that is side splitting.
I did buy this film as I bought the first one and I have watched a few times, but even now I still get irate at the changes. The book was a best seller and it makes me spit that Hollywood can take a best seller and sort of say this is a really good book, but we are going to change it and chop it up and make a different film out of it. Why buy a book that has sold so well on the basis of its plot and then alter it? It beats me.
It is watchable and fun, but I feel that it could have been far better and far funnier if they had stuck to the plot.
"I've found my happy ending at last, and nothing in the world can spoil it!"
I watched the first 'Bridget Jones' film when it came out, and I absolutely loved it. I received 'Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason' for a Christmas present the year it came out, watched it once, then left it to gather dust in the place our unwanted dvds go to die, also known as the cupboard under the stairs. If I had been a member of this site at the time my review would not have been favourable.
I don't know why I went looking for it again, maybe it was in my subconscious since I read that a third 'Bridget' film could be in the pipeline, but I had a bad headache and a rare afternoon to myself, and I wanted to watch Bridget Jones. Unfortunately I don't own the first film, but eventually excavated the 'Edge of Reason' from underneath a pile of Buffy dvds and Thomas the Tank Engine tapes.
The film picks up where the last one left off. Bridget and Mark Darcy (the human rights lawyer and Colin Firth lookalike) are a brand new couple attending her parents turkey curry buffet, both clad in their novelty Christmas jumpers.
Bridget is so protective over her perfect relationship that any hiccup is obsessed over and analysed with the aid of her self-help book reading friends who, when he cancels a date for the first time, advise her to chuck him while she's still ahead.
Mark invites her to a big Law Council dinner which Bridget attends with scary control knickers, mad hair and make-up hastily and liberally applied in a dark cab on the way, making an entrance, but not in the way she hoped. She feels out of her depth, and intimidated by Marks glamorous colleague Rebecca.
Things just get worse when Bridget's mother asks when they are going to set the wedding date. Bridget feels rejected when he laughs it off, they have been going out for nearly two months after all, and dumps him when she hears an ambiguous message from Rebecca on his answer phone.
When she realises she's made a mistake, can she win him back?
Meanwhile she is still making her living getting humiliated for the 'Sit Up Britain' news channel. Her old flame Daniel Cleaver has started presenting a culture segment for them, and tells Bridget he has turned over a new leaf, "I go to meetings for therapy, and hug people who smell." She takes a job as his co-presenter, and they go to film in Thailand, which is the catalyst for things to go from bad to worse for Bridget.
The funniest scene in the film is Bridget hallucinating after unknowingly eating a magic mushroom omelette, "You are lovely colours!" Daniel tells her she is charming on drugs, "In future, just say yes."
Some scenes are copied almost straight from the first film. Daniel and Mark have another comically inept fight, we see another close-up of 'Bridget the serious journalists' bottom as she skydives into a pig sty, Bridget's big pants are held up for examination again, and there is another montage of Bridget trying on hideous outfits.
The soundtrack is fab again, it has a good mix of British artists and classic disco songs, Carly Simon, Will Young, Robbie Williams, Jamelia and Joss Stone all feature.
Things I liked best
*Colin Firth - like Bridget I never quite got over my Mr Darcy crush, and Colin Firth puts enough of that character into the role to keep me happy. The film cheekily 'borrows' plot from Pride and Prejudice, for example all the work Mark secretly does on Bridget's behalf when she's sent to a Thai jail.
*Hugh Grant gets a break from playing a bumbling stuttering twit. He does a great job of playing sleazy Daniel Cleaver.
*Renee Zellwegers portrayal of Bridget is fabulous, and she has the accent down to a tee.
*When Bridget goes to see Mark on her return from prison she finds Rebecca there instead and things take a surprising turn. It's a charming scene, and the actress who plays Rebecca is just stunning.
Things I didn't like
*You don't suspend reality, at times you must pretty much hurl it out of the window - spending time in a Thai jail is all about Madonna songs, Wonderbra sharing and apparently not losing a single pound!
Bridget plummets down a ski slope unable to ski, and comes to a safe and convenient halt in a pharmacy after accidentally coming third in a race!
*Bridgets parents are very under-used, there are only occasional dashes of her mothers wonderful bad taste with the serving of miniature cuisine, and renewal of their wedding vows with "absolutely everything in lavender", even the groom.
I have watched this several times now since I unearthed it, I can't remember why I used to dislike it, and it's a thoroughly enjoyable film. It won't end up in the cupboard under the stairs again, and fingers crossed we won't have to wait too long for the next instalment!
Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason, also known as Bridget Jones 2 is the follow up to the hugely successful romantic comedy from 2001 entitled Bridget Jones's Diary. Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason was released in 2004 and like it's predecessor it became a huge success. Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason is rated a 15 and runs for approximately 108 minutes. The film was made on a budget of $70,000,000 and grossed an estimated $262,520,724 at the box office. Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason seemed to be more popular with the general public than it was with the critics, the critics gave this film disappointing reviews compared to how the first film was received.
Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason is directed by Beeban Kidron who apart from Bridget Jones he hasn't been a part of any big blockbusters. His other films include: Used People, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, Swept From The Sea and To Wong Fo.
Renée Zellweger has now become synonymous for playing the unlucky in love but loveable Bridget Jones, I haven't seen her in too many films so I can't really compare her in this to anything else but going by her performance as Bridget Jones I think she plays her part brilliantly. She's also starred in: Me, Myself & Irene, Chicago and Cold Mountain. Colin Firth of course plays Mark Darcy, he's appeared in: Mamma Mia, The Accidental Husband and Love Actually. Last but not least there's Hugh Grant who of course plays Daniel Cleaver, he's starred in: Love Actually, Notting Hill and Four Weddings And A Funeral.
Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason begins with Mark Darcy and Bridget an item, she's delighted and extremely happy with her very handsome lawyer boyfriend. When Bridget is invited to a posh dinner that Mark is having for work Bridget is ecstatic and thinks that Mark is bound to propose to her. Unfortunately he doesn't and when Bridget meets Mark's gorgeous colleague Rebecca she becomes even more worried that Mark is going off her.
When on a skiing trip Bridget discovers some worrying news which may rock their relationship and the fact that Rebecca is also on the skiing trip can spell nothing but disaster for poor old Bridget. Will Bridget be able to make it work with Mark or will Daniel Cleaver once again do his best to get in the way of their happiness?
I couldn't wait to see this film when it was released, I absolutely adore the first film and although I couldn't wait to see it's successor I was also somewhat sceptical as to whether the sequel could match up to the fantastic original. I thought that since the story was already wrapped up in the first film then there wasn't really much they could do with this film, it's not like they could branch out and do something completely different without excluding it's core audience.
Luckily Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason is just as good, actually in some ways I found it more enjoyable and a lot funnier. Bridget is her usual witty self with most of the gags coming from her whilst the two main men in her life are both charming and geeky while somehow remaining funny in the process. The way the two of them fight over Bridget (literally) is very comical and a joy to watch on screen.
The chemistry that not only Renée Zellweger shares with the two leading men but also the on-screen chemistry between Colin Firth and Hugh Grant is brilliant, you could tell that they all got on well and in some of the scenes it was clear to see that they were enjoying themselves which just makes the audience enjoy it even more.
Hugh Grant is someone who's films I love but him as an actor I immensely dislike. I feel that he plays the same role in every film is does. He never seems to branch out. Infact I've seen him in interviews and the parts he plays are pretty much himself, how on earth is that acting?! Although I find him funny and charming in Bridget Jones I would really like him to try playing a different role. I feel that the character of Daniel Clever may as well have been called Hugh Grant to save on confusion!
You just can't help but fall in love with Bridget Jones, she's someone that everyone would want as a best friend and I think that Renée Zellweger was cast perfectly here, I can't imagine anyone else playing her part after seeing her do it so beautifully.
Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason I find to surpass the first film in many ways. I find the humour to be a lot more funny and more universal. In the first film I found some of the jokes to maybe be aimed at only certain people mainly middle aged women and although I found some of them funny I do think that being only 19 some of the jokes seemed to go over my head a bit. Of course the first time I watched it I would have only been about 13 so maybe that's why. I believe that in the second instalment the writers realised all the shortcomings from the first film and they tweaked all of them in the second and they've come away with a much funnier film that will be enjoyed by people of all ages. When the first film was released it was of course mainly aimed at women in their 30's and 40's and of course they then released that this film was so successful because it was being enjoy by people of all ages and genders.
My one and only problem with this film is that in theory it's exactly the same as the first film. I think that with a film like this it's hard to change things drastically but with this film the core storyline was exactly the same, it almost negates the need to watch this film if you've already seen the first. However some will say if it aint broke don't fix it, which with this film I do partly agree with because I still found it immensely enjoyable and in so many ways I found it better than the first. My Dad usually hates these types of films but he actually found himself glued to the TV when I was watching this and he commented after about how good it was.
I would highly recommend this film to any fan of the first one, if you haven't seen it and you enjoyed the first then it really is a must. This is a great film for any fan of romantic comedies, or chick flicks as men like to call them! This can be enjoyed by anyone of any age and I believe that it is far better than the original.
The DVD can be bought from play.com for £3.99 which is a real bargain or if you would like to buy both films together they can be purchased (also from play.com) for £6.99.
The special features include:
Audio commentary from director Beeban Kidron
Deleted scenes (with introduction from director Beeban Kidron)
'Renee Does Her Own Stunts!' featurette
Bridget interviews the real life Colin Firth
'Mark And Bridget Forever' featurette 'Lonely London' featurette
Guide to exotic Thailand
'Who's Your Ideal Man: Daniel Or Mark?' interactive quiz
The Big Fight: Mark and Daniel are at it again!
I've watched all the special features on numerous occasions and they're extremely enjoyable to watch, especially the interviews.
There's also a soundtrack available from play.com for £2.99, another great price for a great movie soundtrack. The CD includes:
Will Young - You Love Is King
Jamelia - Stop
Kylie Mingue - Can't Get You Out Of My Head
Joss Stone - Super Duper Love (Are You Diggin' On Me)
Mary J Blige - Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
Robbie Williams - Misunderstood
Jamie Cullum - Everlasting Love
Barry White - You're My First, My Last, My Everything
Beyonce - Crazy In Love
Rufus Wainwright & Dido - I Eat Dinner
10cc - I'm Not In Love
Carly Simon - Nobody Does It Better
Primal Scream - Loaded
Amy Winehouse - Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
Minnie Ripperton - Loving You
Leona Naess - Calling
Sting And Annie Lennox - We'll Be Together
Harry Gregson Williams - Bridget's Theme
Bridget Jones 2: The Edge of Reason is the sequel to the much loved british film, Bridget Jones Diary. Released in 2004, this film was directed by Beeban Kidron, who did not have a role in the first movie. This was the only real change though, as most of the production team stayed the same for the duration of both films.
One of the things which initially got me thinking about this film, was the fact that one of its' writers was the New Zealand born, Richard Curtis. Having been the star of many great productions, such as Love Actually, Blackadder and The Vicar of Dibley, I was eager to see if he had kept up the quality level in the film.
Regarding the cast, it was pretty much identical to the first film, but with one, small addition. Hynes, better known as Jessica Stevenson made an appearance as one of Bridgets friends and although I enjoyed her in Shaun of the Dead and The Royle Family, I think her role in this was too small and insignificant for an actress of her standards. Basically, I don't think her character showed any real impact to the film, and it could have happily gone on without her inclusion.
The main three members remained the same, although I did notice that Hugh Grant had a smaller role, with Colin Firth taking place of lead male, I suppose a sort of reversal from the first movie.
Renee Zellweger, as usual, played a bit of a dilly dally character, with everything that could have went wrong, going wrong. I suppose she does well as an actress, but I still don't feel she has a magnificent character to work with. Bridget Jones is quite a strange character, I believe, and to be quite honest, is certainly not amongst my list of favourite characters.
Colin Firth, the humerous gentleman. Since the recent extravaganza; 'Mamma Mia', Firth has became a favourite of mine and he is again, quite the funny character, but a bit too serious and 'sleepy' to really challenge the brilliant role he wittled out in Mamma Mia. Starting this film in a relationship with Bridget, this seems to focus more on their progression than the fun of the whole match making process from the first.
Hugh Grant, the star of Love actually and Music and Lyrics is unfortunately, like Firth, not the owner of a career best performance in this particular movie. Again, the 'bad-guy' he just doesn't appeal to me as a character who is overly likeable, although his blandness can sometimes appear initially comical. Sadly, he does not appear as much in this film, for the beginning part anyway. When things move to Thailand he does appear in more scenes but it is still not an astounding performance.
As I touched upon in the review of the first film, it does seem to be Bridgets friends that give this apparent romcom its real laughs. They are all quite humerous and I do feel, if they had larger parts, could make this film a lot better than it was.
Storyline wise, it could have been better, and as with many sequels, I did prefer the one found in Bridget Jones's Diary. There were some funny bits, and some romantic bits, but I don't think the balance was anywhere near right for this to go down in history as a 'proper' romcom. Sadly.
I must add this one thing before the end. If you have seen both films, you will undoubtedly remember one of the film industries funniest scenes, the hopeless fight between Firth and Grant, which put tears of happiness in ones eyes. Priceless would be a suitable word here. Well, be ready for more as once again, a similar scene was mastered in this film and a very interesting and seriously humerous fight scene was chosen for the final cut of the film.
If you want to see a great romcom, I suggest you look elsewhere, but this will do for a run of the mill average film to convict boredom. It had good bits, but not enough and not funny enough for a film to be remembered magically.
Here's another renovated review of mine from Ciao. It still needs some improving, so hopefully I will get round to that soon!
Obviously impressed by the first Bridget Jones' Diary film (see review), I decided to add this one to my rental list. It follows on from the first film but evidently with some time having past since Bridget and Darcy became a couple.
Bridget Jones returns after we thought she would live 'happily ever after,' and we soon learn things are not as great we thought. She is insecure and not sure that her relationship with Darcy is working out as perfect as she had expected. Do they really want the same things or are true colours starting to show? Then there's this girl friend of Darcy's, with the long legs 'up to here,' bright eyes and the perfect, gorgeous look, which all seems like quite a threat to poor Bridget, who doesn't want to get hurt, again. Ugh, and don't people know how to rub it in!
At the same time, Daniel makes his reappearance on the scene when the two of them end up stuck with each other covering a report abroad. Bridget brings along one of her friends for moral support - so we don't lose out completely on finding out what has happened with her friends, but it seems their trip will be disastrous. She needs to be reminded once again how much of a (insert insult of your choice) Daniel is and why they broke up before, because yet again she finds herself falling for the same old sweet-talk. She also has to learn yet again why you should be careful who you trust. More so, when her friend meets a guy on the flight out who seems rather nice and quite attractive, but gets them into some serious trouble at the airport when they are arrested for drug smuggling! Now how on Earth is she to ever going get back to England and sort out the mess she's gotten herself into?
Perhaps they simply ran out of ideas. Or maybe it's the old sequel syndrome kicking in. I haven't actually read the book so I have no idea whether this was following on in the novel, but certainly it didn't seem to flow well from the first film, it seemed unrealistic and I think it would have been better not to do a sequel at all. The whole mood of the film was different, even if there were similarities in its structure.
Some of the scenes are very similar to the previous film, for instance the fight between Daniel and Darcy, which happens again but in another environment. Rather than being familiar and making me laugh more in that 'oh, not again' sense, I found myself yawning and almost wanting to fast forward the film in that 'oh, not again' sense. You know what's going to happen next and it's just not as exciting as it as in the first film, in fact, it's tiresome. It just doesn't work.
I rated the story 'very ordinary'. I almost regret this, but it wasn't quite satisfactory. To tell the truth this rating does not really give an accurate reflection of my view either. In fact the film was not ordinary, but just too extraordinary to the point that it didn't fit the genre and was a little weird and unrealistic. It seemed like all the added stories were thrown together in a hopeless attempt to make the film more exciting as a sequel.
Acting - Has the buzz gone? Have the sparks fizzled out?
Zellwegger hasn't really lost her style or weakened in her acting in this film, still well reflecting the naïve, sweet silly girl that is 'Bridge'. Nor have the other main actors/actresses, like Colin Firth and Hugh Grant, fallen below their usual standards, but somehow it just didn't have the spark that the first film (Bridget Jones Diary) had. It's not as funny, in fact I barely laughed when watching this film and felt it was a shame when so much more could have been done with it. It was a shame that Bridget's friends and family could not have had more of a role in this film, as they did add a little fun in the previous film.
As with the first film, there is quite a variety of songs on the soundtrack, and the style is generally upbeat and fun. In a way I think this helps to keep the light-heartedness in the film where it could otherwise have become a bit to dramatic. The only thing is whether you actually like all that cheesy stuff in the first place.
A lot of sequels do fail so perhaps I am being a bit too harsh here, and I still think it is a film you might take time to watch if it comes on t.v. at Christmas, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it or rent it and frankly I was just very disappointed with it when I saw it. I certainly will not be bothering to watch this film again anytime soon.
while ago I watched and very much enjoyed Bridget Jones' Diary so I was interested to see what this sequel was like. I managed to pick it up without paying anything through using my ipoints account so last night settled down to watch it and I was not disappointed.
This film has the same three main characters as were in Bridget Jones' Diary. Obviously there's Bridget (played superbly by Rennie Zellweger), Mark Darcy (great performance by Colin Firth) and the caddish Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant playing a slightly less loveable character than usual!)
Like the original, this film also charts a year in Bridget's life with more than her fair share of disasters. These include parachuting out of an aeroplane and ending up in a field of pigs, putting her foot in it and offending almost everyone at Mark's Law Society dinner and even being thrown in a Thai jail over a big misunderstanding concerning drug trafficking! It's all very far fetched but good fun at the same time. I couldn't help laughing out loud at a lot of Bridget's antics, and my husband (who was watching slightly reluctantly with me) also laughed a lot too. There are quite a few funny one liners and throw away lines which definitely make it worth a second or third watch too because I'm sure I probably missed some funny bits the first time.
The main focus of the film is Bridget's relationships with the two men in her life - Mark and Daniel. At the start of the film she is blissfully in love with Mark and all seems to be going well. However, he is a bit reserved and 'stiff upper lip' and it seems that she is a bit of an embarrassment to him. The question is whether love can conquer all these difficulties, especially when Daniel Cleaver, Bridget's former boss and love interest, appears back on the scene. As is typical in this type of film, there are lots of misunderstandings and suspicions, but they all make for good watching. I'm not going to tell you how it all ends up though - you'll just have to watch and see for yourself!
I really like Renee Zellweger's performance as Bridget. I do find myself sympathising with her over her man situation and she reminds me a little of myself in my single days (although not quite so hapless I might add). Hugh Grant and Colin Firth provide a good contrast to each other with their characters - I can't really say that I like either of them that much! There is also a great cast of minor characters. I love Bridget's rather snooty parents (played by Gemma Jones and Jim Braodbent).
Overall this is a very enjoyable and funny film although it is totally predictable. If you accept this then it doesn't matter at all. It does stand alone as a film and I don't think that you need to have watched Bridget Jones' Diary first but if you have you will obviously appreciate some of the storylines a bit better. There is also some great background music at times in the film including I'm Not In Love by 10cc and Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word by Mary J. Blige.
This film was made in 2004 and has a rating of 15 as it contains strong language, sex and drugs references. The running time is 108 minutes.
There are lots of DVD extras and these are divided in three sections - Bridget's area, Daniel's area and Mark's area which make it a bit different! I haven't watched all of these but there was an amusing 'alternative beginning' which I enjoyed and there's also a quiz called 'who's your ideal man?' to see whether you prefer Mark or Daniel - I guess this is just one for the girls! There's also something called Mark and Bridget forever? which analyses the relationship between the two and tries to work out if the relationship is blessed or doomed. They are all very entertaining!
I loved this film and it's obviously one that's more likely to appeal to the fairer sex although as I said earlier my husband also found it very funny! It's available on Amazon for onlt £3.98!
Bridget returns in the sequel to the hit movie 'Bridget Jones's Diary'. In this film, Bridget (Renee Zellweger) is no longer single as she is dating the gorgeous Mark Darcy (Colin Firth).
She couldn't be happier and loves to remind everyone that she works with about her perfect boyfriend who is a 'civil rights lawyer'. However, her ex-boss and boyfriend Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) is back in her life when he starts working on the same TV channel as Bridget.
Her relationship with Mark is also rocked when she suspects him of having an affair with his co-worker Rebecca. They break up and Bridget ends up going to Thailand on a TV assignment, with her friend Shazza and Daniel Cleaver. Daniel tries to seduce her but she resists.
However, she ends up in a Thai jail after carrying through an item full of drugs that was given to her friend Shazza. Mark saves the day but pretends he has no feelings for Bridget anymore.
It's up to Bridget to get their relationship back together when she returns to London.
This sequel is just as touching and funny as the first movie. All of the original cast are back and there is another happy ending to look forward to.
My favourite part of this film is the hilarious scene in the chemist when Bridget is on holiday.
If you loved the first Bridget Jones movie then you will love this one too. Also read the book by Helen Fielding as this differs from the movie (Daniel Cleaver isn't in it as much) and you won't be able to put it down.
There's nothing more i enjoy best than, snuggling onto the sofa on a Saturday night with a big bar of chocolate and a good soppy film. I absolutely loved first Bridget Jones film, and when they brought out the second film i was filled with anticipation to watch it, and i have to say it never failed me. As a lot of follow up sequels to films seem to either be off the plot or never as near as good as the first one. But Bridget Jones 2, was brilliant, along with the tears of joy and laughter, and uncontrollable hysterics, i enjoyed every minute of it.
Renée Zellweger who plays Bridget jones, does the job great, at the end of the last film, we saw that she had finally got her man of her dreams-mark darcy, played by the lovely Colin Firth, at the start of the film we still them at her mum's ever famous turkey curry buffet. Bridget is ecstatic about her relationship with her perfect boyfriend, and frequently reminds her co-workers that he is a human rights lawyer. But her dreams are caught up when meets her ex-boyfriend Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) at her job for Sit-Up Britain and is offered a position as the "Smooth Guidess". This put's a spanner in the works as at the ' Law dinner' when Bridget and Mark have a fall out as she is convinced that he is having an affair with one of his work colleagues-Rebecca Gilles, as she seems to be cropping up everywhere and is little miss perfect compared to Bridget, Mark even offers to take Bridget on a skiing Holiday, and she thinks this may be the break they need to rekindle their love- how wrong could she be,as she didn't realize that Mark had invited his work mates, including Rebecca! Bridget not being a great skier decides to entertain herself, but then has a thought that she might be pregnant, so takes a test, Mark finds her and then end up having another row over the baby's name and where it will be educated, before they've even read the result. It turns out that shes not pregnant and the air between them is still bitter.
When they arrive home, Bridget decides to take a job offer in Thailand with Daniel to film 'the smooth guide'. This of course leading to unwanted flintiness from both Daniel and Bridget, she brings along her best friend 'shazzer' for support who meets a man, before they come home 'jed' asks Bridget if she can carry a gift in her suitcase as it was to big for his. At the airport she is arrested because it had large amounts of cocaine, stashed inside.
She then finds herself locked in a Thailand prison, with no hope of ever getting out, until Mark Darcy arrives to tell Bridget that his superiors have sent him to put her release in motion. Bridget identifies Jed on a picture as the man who gave Shazzer the hidden cocaine, and Mark walks away and clearly states that he was just the messenger. In Britain, Mark confronts Daniel for not helping Bridget when she was arrested, and they start a fight outside a museum. She is them freed and returns back to England, and is surprised by her friends who inform her that Mark Darcy was the one who tracked down Jed and forced him into custody in order to free her. Hopeful that he still loves her, she runs down to his house, but finds Rebecca Gilles there, who reveals that she does not love Mark, but loves Bridget instead.
So she runs off to find Mark at work and tells him how she feels, and asks for a response, Mark tells her what she means to him and it seems the relationship is back on.
The film ends with her mum and dad renewing their vows for one another and Bridget catches the bouquet.................
So does this mean there is to be another sequel? lets hope so
I secretly enjoyed the first Bridget Jones movie - after convincing myself that I would hate it. So I was dragged along to see the second one, whilst maintaining the facade that I would not really enjoy it but kinda looking forward to it. However, it wasn't difficult to keep up the act of not liking it - it had none of the magic that I remembered from the first one and the characters just bored me. The only redeeming feature in the movie was Hugh Grant, who's character Daniel Cleaver is just amazing to watch. He is such a horrible guy in so many ways and I always feel Hugh Grant portrays guys you love to hate better than well to do English toffs with stutters and bad hair. The rest of the cast didn't set the film alight and the story seems a lot more incredible and less believable. This is a film that they should not have bothered making but, due to the success of the first film, was an inevitable step to make. I have no idea what the second book was like as I drew the line at reading it, but I can't believe the film did it any justic whatsoever
Although it's been three years since we last saw Bridget (Renée Zellweger), only a few weeks have passed in her world. She is, as you'll remember, no longer a "singleton," having snagged stuffy but gallant Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) at the end of the 2001 film. Now she's fallen deeply in love and out of her neurotic mind with paranoia: Is Mark cheating on her with that slim, bright young thing from the law office? Will the reappearance of dashing cad Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) further spell the end of her self-confidence when they're shoved off to Thailand together for a TV travel story? If such questions also seem pressing to you, this sequel will be fairly painless, but you shouldn't expect anything fresh. Director Beeban Kidron and her screenwriters--all four of them!--are content to sink matters into slapstick, with chunky Zellweger (who's unflatteringly photographed) the literal butt of all jokes. Though the star still has her charms, and some of Bridget's social gaffes are amusing, the film is mired in low comedy--a sequence in a Thai women's prison is more offensive than outrageous--with only Grant's rakish mischief to pull it out of the swamp. --Steve Wiecking