Friday, September 16, 2016

Bridget Jones's Baby Review: Team Mark vs Team Jack

Disclosure: I received free passes to attend an advanced screening of this film. No other compensation was received and all opinions are 100% honest and my own. 

The Bridget Jones movies have always been some of my go to's on nights when I want a good chick flick and I was hesitant when I heard about the newest addition to the series, Bridget Jone's Baby. The first movie was released in 2001 so it's been 15 years since we first saw Bridget (Renee Zellweger) navigating her life as a singleton and struggling between her two leading men, Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) and Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant). I was worried that Hugh Grant's absence from this film would leave it feeling incomplete and honestly, I had a hard time believing that the baby story line would work very well for Bridget.
I am happy to report that honestly, Bridget Jones's Baby is my favorite of the entire series. For those of you concerned about Daniel's exit, I will tell you it is explained very early in the film but I'm not giving away the reason! Patrick Dempsey was cast as Jack Qwant and McDreamy does his job as the handsome, suave, dating expert that sweeps Bridget off of her feet.

This movie is at it's heart Bridget's battle between her old love Mark and her new fling Jack. Add in a positive pregnancy test after "relations" with both men and a hilarious OB played by Emma Thompson (LOVE HER) and Bridget is left in a truly awkward mess. Jack and Mark's bromance quickly turns in to a full on "best daddy" competition and Bridget is as confused as ever.

Team Mark (Mr. Darcy) vs Team Jack (McDreamy). Who do you choose? I am a huge McDreamy fan but Mr. Darcy has had my heart since Pride & Prejudice. The casting of these two men was genius and their scenes together were the highlight of the film. In one scene, I was laughing so hard I was crying. I feel like I missed some of the movie because we were all laughing for so long. I've always loved Renee's portrayal of Bridget. She is easily relatable for most women and never takes herself too seriously. Like I mentioned before, Emma Thompson's addition into the film as the honest OB was amazing. This film is definitely the funniest of the series.

Major warning, this movie is rated R for a reason. Do not take kids. True to Bridget's style, she is often vulgar and your kids would learn a lot of new vocabulary. This is the perfect film for a girl's night or date night. Check out this preview for Bridget Jones's Baby and go see it in theaters today, September 16th!

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