I love a good rom-com. I really, really do. When I heard that Bridget Jones was having a baby, I said to myself, “Well this might be interesting.” As a fan of parts one and two, I was initially excited to see where my favorite hot mess of a character has ended up a decade later. However, upon reading the premise of the film, it seems after we thought she finally found her happily ever after and got her life together, she’s back to square one. Single, pregnant, and doesn’t know who the father is. Sounds like an episode of Maury to me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan. However, I’ve got to say that I’m a little disappointed in the direction of the film and here’s why.
Lack of Character Development
Bridget Jones was never really lucky in love and at first we could blame it on things such as cheating boyfriends or bad timing. However upon learning that she’s once again mixed up in a complicated love triangle, I realize she’s just a bad at making life decisions. It’s like that friend who you keep pulling for, offering sage advice, picking up the pieces of their broken relationship with a carton of ice cream and a box of tissues in hand, only to realize that they keep making the same ill-fated mistakes over and over again. (Maybe you’re that friend?) That immature behavior may fly in your 20s and maybe even in your 30s. But at 43, I was hoping that we would finally get to see a Bridget Jones who has their life at least a little more in order.
Same Old Plot
It may be an assumption and the movie may prove me to be completely wrong, but I’m not impressed by what appears to be a recycling of the same plot. I understand appealing to the nostalgic aspect of it and I can’t knock that approach. I mean, it worked for Star Wars: The Force Awakens after all. But since the last two films were so similar in plot, I wish they would ditch the whole love triangle thing for another story line. I get it. Studio execs have to stick with what sells and knowing that the other Bridget Jones movies made a combined $540 million, it’s probably difficult to walk away from that kind of money. I just can’t help but feel like in making this movie they’re more concerned with big bucks than they are telling a unique story as though throwing a baby in the mix might put a fresh new spin on this beloved character.
On one hand, I applaud them for staying away from the clichés of a natural progression of an adult relationship. On the other, I’m a little skeptical in regards to the creativeness of this story. Sure they’ve added a new handsome love interest to replace the recklessly charming Daniel Cleaver. Yes, they’ve thrown a wrench in the plot where they left off at Edge of Reasoning. But is this enough to revive this classic love tale? I’ll just have to wait and see when the movie comes out September 16, 2016.