Bridget Jones’s Diary
Release year: 2001
Director: Sharon Maguire
Screenwriter: Helen Fielding, Andrew Davies, Richard Curtis, Helen Fielding (novel)
Starring: Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones, Sally Phillips, James Callis, Embeth Davidtz
Bridget Jones is a young woman struggling with average problems: her weight, her age, her love life. As a New Year resolution Bridget decides to take control of her life and to keep up with her progress she starts a diary.
A plumbed up Zellweger (Jerry Maguire, 1996) takes on one of Britain’s most beloved contemperary literary heroines and succeds in making her every bit as messed up, adorable, and toe cringingly awkward as one could hope for. Zellweger bravely gives us Miss Jones with all her awkwardness and tendency to put herself in embarrasing situations (and even put on weight to suit the part) without ever losing charm, making you feel for her more than laugh at her. She has plenty of chemistry with both leading males, the wonderfully wicked Grant (About a Boy, 2002), who is obviously enjoying playing a sleazeball, and an endearing Firth (Kingsman: The Secret Service, 2014). The latter a perfect cast for love interest Mark Darcy, both as he is perfect as the sweet and noble Darcy, but also because Bridget swoons over Mr. Darcy in the BBC production of Pride and Prejudice who was played by Colin Firth. There are hideous reindeer sweaters, huge grandma panties, and one of the best fights ever all followed by the narration of Bridget’s diary. A great watch for both sexes, females will regonize themselves more than they like and males will get an insight into the messy minds of women.
Director Sharon Maguire is a friend of the author of Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding. The character Shazza was inspired by Maguire who is also mentioned in the acknowledgements.
Picture copyright: UIP