What Bridget Jones Did Next. May the film version be with you…
Everyone’s favourite singleton, Bridget Jones is having a baby.. but who’s the daddy?
Bridget Jones’s Baby Official International Trailer #1 [2016 HD] [Comedy], MovieTrailers, http://www.youtube.com and photographs © Miramax and Universal Pictures
Bridget Jones is coming back in Bridget’s Jones’s Baby (2016) later this year! It’s a mere 12 years since the film sequel – Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason (2004) – and nearly 3 years since the book version of events after this time where Fielding killed off Darcy in Mad about the Boy (2013) ! So then like most of us Bridget fans we’ve moved onto one of three possible endings of either the film, the book or the press alternative universes for our then heroine. With no continuity between any of the versions, as if in a bid to confuse us back in Bridgetland…in the movie Mark Darcy is alive! And Daniel Cleaver is not …(as far as we know it) in the film! But he was in the book! And Darcy wasn’t. And don’t ask about the press version as it’s confusing enough as it’s got Daniel Cleaver in it…. We now have another possible ending for Bridget, should we wish… So read on HERE for that book review, or read on in the Independent for that ending, or if you want Bridget’s ending to be by film…which may or may not lead onto the book or refer to the newspaper story. Or it may lead us to a fourth film of this film series, who knows…
In the trailer, Bridget (Renée Zellweger) is alone and 40 something, and for some reason we don’t know yet she and Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) are no longer. The trailer starts with a scene of Bridget’s wedding – not to sure if in flashback or dream – .. and leads on to a few predictable Bridget scenarios scenes with the many of the recognisable, familiar faces from the first two movies. It then introduces us to the Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) substitute, Jack (Patrick Dempsey) who both meets and snogs Bridget in the trailer and Mark Darcy and Bridget in an uncomfortable situation. The trailer ends with a who’s Bridget’s baby’s father dilemma as she falls pregnant to either Darcy or Jack but in a WTF moment tries to convince them both they are going to be a daddy with two different scenes of both men with her at an ultrasound.
As much as part of me was keen to see this trailer, hoping for the best, I now I wish I hadn’t as it’s now etched in my head as much along with other films I hoped to forget, such as the opening scenes of the Star Wars prequels and most of Girls Just Want to have Fun (1985). Zellweger sounded as chirpy as ever in contrast to Colin Firth looks both weary and tired. Firth appeared at times uneasy and as if he wished he was anywhere else but in this movie. I fervently hope this is him in role and acting as Darcy. I felt uncomfortable watching Patrick Dempsey as Jack as he seemed so out-of-place and he’s not Hugh Grant. He seems as out-of-place as Matt Le Blanc, Joey from Friends (1994-2004) will be as he appears next as the new Top Gear (2002-) TV presenter in the UK. Also replacing a well-loved established British character, Jeremy Clarkson. Boy next door type Dempsey could never be a replacement for Grant’s raging pervert in Daniel Cleaver. Possibly, I feel uncomfortable knowing that I like everyone who knows Bridget will be rooting for Mark Darcy and a hopelessly soppy ending and the happy ending we hoped to get before all the confusion.
The rest of the entire, recognisable British cast from the first two films combined, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones, Shirley Henderson et al, were a comfort to see and hear in the trailer, looked in automatic acting mode. It was as if they’d been invited to what they thought was a celebration of 15 years of Bridget but instead been coerced at gunpoint still in their party gear into starring in the wedding scene. Most of the male cast have beards in the trailer perhaps so they can disassociate themselves with the end film if it fails miserably at the office. The female cast hide behind their big hats in the wedding scene – apart from Sally Philips who bizarrely almost has a “Hello Mum I’m on the telly” placard – in the hope for the same effect.
I read that there were 3 endings made for this movie with the cast even not knowing the ending, I assume possible ending with both possible fathers hugging Bridget and their child or their wedding with Bridget that counts for 2, leaving the third open. Desperately hoping the 3rd ending – chosen by the film’s creators – does not involve throwing a Cleaver at us metaphorically or indeed physically with a cameo from Hugh at the end of the film, but can’t take anything for Granted.