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Bridget Jones's Diary - a rather good romcom
Bridget Jones's Diary (DVD)
Member Name: jesperado
Bridget Jones's Diary (DVD)
Advantages: Very funny and well acted
Disadvantages: A very girly film!
WHAT IS IT: Bridget Jones's Diary is a British romantic comedy released in 2001 starring Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth. Through her diary entries, we follow Bridget's adventures (and misadventures) over the course of a year. We meet her somewhat dysfunctional friends, the office loverat, her brilliantly batty parents and Bridget's Mr Darcy.
STYLE: This is a classic British romcom. Think Notting Hill but directed by a woman! It's this difference in perspective which sets Bridget Jones's Diary apart from the usual Richard Curtis fare - the female characters are actually developed in their own right rather than just being a pretty love interest. This film also uses narration by Renee Zellweger as Bridget to fill in the gaps which helps to keep the pace slick. Diary entries - such as Bridget's daily cigarette and calorie consumption - also pop up on adverts as Bridget walks past which is a nice touch. It doesn't feel like any scene is wasted in this film.
BRIDGET JONES: Bridget is a lovably hapless character who always seems to embarrass herself in spectacular fashion; she is played brilliantly by Renee Zellweger who is very warm and engaging in this role. When I first watched this film I was surprised that they had cast an American actress in this part but her English accent is actually very good and doesn't detract at all from the role. You really feel for Bridget when she gets her heartbroken. Zellweger is a very competent comedy actress and the scene in which she is singing along to 'Can't Live if Living is Without You' makes me laugh every time I see it.
HER LOVE INTERESTS: Hugh Grant is delightfully smarmy as smooth-talking Cleaver and you can see how he could seduce Bridget against her better judgement. Colin Firth reprises his role as Mr Darcy but has been updated for the 21st Century. He still has that initial brusqueness which hides his true feelings for Bridget. The scene in which Cleaver and Darcy have a very English fight - stopping to sing Happy Birthday in a restaurant having just crashed through the window! - is very funny indeed and both actors play their parts excellently. Special mention must also go to Jim Broadbent as Bridget's put-upon dad. He brings yet another brilliant turn to this ensemble cast.
OVERALL: Bridget Jones's Diary is my absolute favourite feelgood film. I put it on whenever I'm not feeling well and it always brings a smile to my face. Renee Zellweger is adorable as Bridget Jones and the writing is really very funny. There are many great characters in this film that are really well acted which sets this apart from the usual mediocre romcom fare.
Summary: My favourite feelgood film :)