Jones: The Edge of Reason (15)
Written by Helen Fielding and Andrew Davies, Directed by Beeban Kidron
On general release from 12th November 2004
FRIDAY, 12TH NOVEMBER
Went to the pictures today. Saw the new Bridget Jones movie. I don't get
it. I mean, I read the book, "Bridget Jones's Diary", and didn't
like it. A bit too light for me, no substance. Then I went to see the
film of the book, and to my surprise, I enjoyed it. Now I have seen the
sequel, 'Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason' and it was even better than
the first one! Is that perverse of me? Isn't it supposed to be the other
way around? The film is always a disappointment after reading the book
- isn't it? And sequels disappoint the disappointed?
Let's get this straight from the beginning. I am female. At the risk
of offending the PC crowd, this film is a 'girly' film. So if you are
a guy, and not in touch with your feminine side, stay away. My male partner
(one of only 4 guys attending this film) enjoyed it immensely.
Helen Fielding's second B.J. novel, with screenplay and inevitably much
reshaping by Andrew Davies, has now joined the 'Four Weddings...' stable
of fluffy films, made to appeal to both sides of the Atlantic. The plot
is predictable and sickly sweet at times (though there are one or two
surprises), and the trend for adding vintage pop music to the soundtrack
continues. These are not negative points, however. Put together with gorgeous
blokes in the forms of Colin Firth (Darcy) and Hugh Grant (Cleaver), an
endearing female character with self-esteem problems and a habit of comfort-eating,
clever one-liners and some slapstick, plus (I won't be giving any of the
plot away here) a happy ending, these make one helluva 'feel good' movie.
By the way, the ending is left a little open. Will there be a third B.J.
movie? I hope so, but only if the same actors are in the leading parts.
Rene Zellweger is a delight to watch, a natural comic actor. Is there
no end to her talents?
Something which I particularly enjoyed was looking out for allusions
to Jane Austen's 'Pride & Prejudice' story, and also to the most recent
TV production (also adapted by Andrew Davies), but I am over-intellectualising
here. Just enjoy it for what it is. And girls, take some tissues with