Upon its release in 2001, the Bridget Jones's Diary movie, based on Helen Fielding's best-selling novel of the same name, was a smash hit, even earning Renee Zellweger an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of the titular character. Its sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, was also well received by audiences even if, in true sequel fashion, it didn't quite match up to its predecessor. Talk of a third movie was rife for some time, but it has certainly taken its time to come about.
Bridget Jones's Baby is allegedly based upon Fielding's third Bridget Jones novel, Mad About the Boy, though anyone who has read it will find a hard time believing that fact. In this movie version, Mark Darcy is still alive, but in the book he is dead. So, not only is Mark Darcy alive, he's also the father of Bridget's imminent baby. Possibly. Or it could be a man named Jack. The second trailer for Bridget Jones's Baby has just dropped online and can be viewed, above.
Bridget Jones's Baby reunites Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth once more, as well as Sally Phillips as Shazza, Bridget's BFF, and Jim Broadbent and Gemma Jones as Bridget's parents. Joining the cast are Patrick Dempsey as the aforementioned Jack (and possible baby daddy), and Emma Thompson as Doctor Rawling. Thompson also wrote the screenplay for the movie, alongside Fielding and Dan Mazer. The film is directed by Sharon Maguire, who directed the first Bridget Jones installment.
The trailer undoubtedly raises some smiles, especially from those who will remember the original movies - but the main problem here is, no one really wanted or needed a third installment of Bridget's chaotic life. As Mark Darcy, Colin Firth looks perpetually fed up, while Dempsey just looks confused. Still, both play their respective roles well enough; certainly Firth has done well out of playing anyone with the surname Darcy.
You can check out the new poster for Bridget Jones's Baby, below:
The trouble is, those who were teenagers when Bridget Jones's Diary came about, and were just scraping into their twenties when The Edge of Reason was released, used to look at Bridget as an example of how not to adult. Now, those viewers are into their early thirties, and living the same life as she is now, only they're infinitely better at doing so. For anyone the same age as Bridget (early thirties) when the first movie came about, this film feels like something that harks back to a previous life. For that reason, it seems hard to envision Bridget Jones's Baby really making much of an impact, particularly as the trailer hints at many of the jokes being recycled from previous Bridget Jones movies (there's surely a fight scene brewing between Mark and Jack).
Then again, maybe this movie will tap into a new legion of fans, who will appreciate the thoroughly British humor that Bridget Jones taps into. After all, Bridget might be a walking disaster, but she is sweetly charming, in her own special way.
Bridget Jones's Baby will be released in U.S. theaters on September 16th, 2016.
Source: Universal Pictures