Plot: It's Monday morning. Bridget (Renée Zellweger) has woken up with a headache, a hangover and her boss. Wickedly clever, this tale of Miss Jones's yearlong odyssey from Mr. Right-here-right-now (Hugh Grant) to Mr. Right (Colin Firth) delivers a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the female mind. Zellweger, Firth and Grant are perfectly cast in this popular adaptation of Helen Fielding's best-selling novel. via.
Nicole's Rating: A
Why She's Appalled Matt's Never Seen It: I think it's bullshit that, if a movie gets the label "chick flick," it's automatically considered to be not that good of a movie. I admit, there are "chick flicks" out there that are pretty freakin' bad and I like them anyway because, well - guilty pleasure and all that. But not all of these flicks deserve the bad rap that they get. And so, I'm giving Bridget Jones the chance to prove Matt (and therefore all men, everywhere) wrong.
The first Bridget Jones is probably one of my favorite movies. I honestly watch it more than is probably considered necessary or healthy to watch a movie. In fact, Matt has had my copy for a couple months now and I've sorely missed it. It's just so funny, from beginning to end. There isn't a single weak moment. And, in my opinion, it's probably Renee Zellweger's best performance.You know, apart from that other critically acclaimed performance in that other movie.
The movie is based off the similarly named book by Helen Fielding (which I also loved) which is a modern re-telling of Jane Austen's famous novel Pride & Prejudice. The character of Mark Darcy was actually based off of Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in the BBC Austen series and, wonderfully enough, they got Colin Firth to actually play Mark Darcy. Perfection! Hugh Grant, who is also mentioned in the book as a lothario, plays Daniel Cleaver (for Austen fans: Wickham). A strong supporting cast helps make the movie - Bridget's three best friends that you honestly wish you knew(including my fav James Callis!) and her parents - her father played by another favorite of mine, Jim Broadbent.
Just such a strong, funny movie that should never, ever be passed by.
Matt's Rating: B-
Matt's Review: First, I find it incredibly awesome that Nicole believes I represent ALL OF MEN! Second, this movie was "meh." Let me explain:
I thought Renee Zellweger was great. The best, I believe, she has ever acted. I also really enjoyed Colin Firth's character. I liked how every time you see him, he looks like he's ready to blow his head off. That constantly miserable look is just funny to me. Hugh Grant was rather annoying. He was trying too hard to be a dick. His lines were good but I felt like you knew he was acting. After watching About A Boy I gained a lot of respect for him as an actor. It showed him being emotional, funny, and deep all at once. However in Diary he was very VERY one dimensional.
There were a bunch of funny moments and I actually snickered out loud, which is a major change from my usually stone faced reaction to any movie, but it just wasn't a story I was drawn in to. I think the main character and story caters itself to being more of an emotionally female story. I'm not saying it's any less of a movie because of that, I just think it plays on a lot of typical emotions, thoughts, and reactions that women have, do, and can easily relate to. It's definitely one of the better "chick flicks" I have seen but outside of Renee Zellweger it's a slightly above average movie.
Having said all that, I do believe that this is a film that gets better with each viewing. Not because it's that layered and you catch new stuff but because once you know the characters their lines and emotions become funnier. Unfortunately, during a first viewing you don't get a full grasp of the characters until almost 40 minutes in. The beginning of the movie felt too rushed and it was done as if it was the middle of the movie and we supposed to already know these characters. Again, I think that if I watch it again I will like it more......if I watch it again...
[Edit by Nicole: He will.]
[Edit by Nicole: He will.]