Why Renee Zellweger returned for Bridget Jones' Baby

Expand                      Renée Zellweger's Bridget is older but no wiser

Renee Zellweger is back playing Bridget for the first time since "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason" in 2004.

The 47-year-old actress returned for the latest sequel in the Bridget Jones's movie franchise, but admits she misses her friend Hugh Grant, whom she enjoyed filming with in the previous film. When not failing to recognise Ed Sheeran, she allows millionaire Jack Qwant (Patrick Dempsey) to charm her into his tent for something that surely only she still calls "bonking". Bridget is pregnant. And since nothing about her personal life could possibly involve simple solutions, the father could actually be one of two people.

Directed by Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones's Diary) and based on Helen Fielding's characters, Bridget Jones's Baby is co-written by Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility) who stars alongside Gemma Jones, Jim Broadbent, James Callis, Sally Phillips, Shirley Henderson, Celia Imrie and Sarah Solemani. Most importantly, the sheer duration of the romantic jostling between Bridget and Mark adds real poignancy to their frustrating inability to connect.

"Bridget Jones's Baby" also does something that not many films this year have made me do: smile. The antics that Bridget finds herself in during the film never play her situation to a detriment, but to a joyously hilarious positive note.

Her co-star Colin Firth, who plays smouldering but uptight human rights lawyer Mark Darcy, was even more enthusiastic - although another movie would see him dicing with death.

Bridget Jones is a changed woman. She's a trouper, and here she works overtime to squeeze a mimosa out of a lemon. And though this 2016 Bridget is supposedly new and improved - she's more successful in her career, has a tidier apartment, has quit smoking and reached her ideal weight - things are still pretty much the same as in the earlier movies: pratfalls, pop songs, random on-screen phrases from Bridget's diary and adorable dithering.

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Bridget (Renee Zellweger) has no love interest to celebrate with on her 43rd birthday, and plans with friends have fallen through. At this point, is not the case anymore of which type of guy would suit Bridget better as her life companion as she won't be able to pick and choose.

In all, "Bridget Jones's Baby" feels as though it is trying too hard to be amusing, to be relatable and to be relevant.

There is still a madcap, slapstick jitteriness to dear Bridget, but calmness has emerged too — that of a woman who has finally grown into her own skin. You can bet that there will be at least one occasion in which Bridget's rear end is embarrassingly the center of everyone's attention, and that she will babble her way ineptly through some public speaking occasion.

Jack, on the other hand, is an outsider to the world of Bridget Jones.

She told Kelly Ripa and Neil Patrick Harris, "I went back to school". If we're lucky, we'll get to check in with Bridget again in another few years. So why should we fault the (mostly female) public who will line up for this?

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