All hands on Bridget!
After Colin Firth’s big win at the Oscars and his domination at this year’s awards season with his speechless performance as King George VI in ‘The King’s Speech’, it was announced that Mark Darcy’s “I like you just the way you are” leading lady Bridget would be back for a third instalment.
Helen Fielding is said to have begun working on the third novel and film, not knowing yet if they’ll both be exactly the same. So where is Bridget Jones now in her extraordinary, meaningful yet accident prone life? If you’ve been clichéd and hiding under a rock the past decade, in a coma, or just simply out of it, Bridget Jones is the leading lady for all of our dilemmas who seemed to be intelligent enough to document the good, the bad and the ugly in a diary, hence Bridget Jones’s Diary.
The first instalment ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ was directed by Sharon Maguire in 2001, based on the novel of the same name by Helen Fielding. Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) works in a book publishing company and is in her thirties, causing her to become very worried and paranoid about her single nature, and her weight. She spends most of her days fantasizing about her boss Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) who is a huge womanizer with a face you can’t say no to. Obviously Bridget knows this by stating that the type of men who are off limits are “alcoholics, workaholics, peeping-toms, megalomaniacs, emotional fuckwits or perverts”, which is everything Daniel Cleaver is. She is also reunited with a “childhood” friend, the sexy but extremly charming barrister Mark Darcy (Colin Firth). Without giving up the plot too much for those who have not indulged into the world of Bridget, Mark Darcy seems to be her Mr Right, but her back and forth mis-haps eventually leads her into one direction, the arms of the dreamy “I wish he was mine” Mark Darcy. It is truly a very sweet, romantic, happy ending and we all thought what could possibly go wrong?
‘Bridget Jones’s Diary: The Edge of Reason’ is what went wrong. Directed by Beeban Kidron in 2004, part two sees Bridget Jones in a happy grown up relationship with Mark Darcy who is still very interested in her wobbley bits. However, as it is Bridget Jones, her deep paranoia takes over and starts to doubt her relationship when Mark’s collegue Rebecca Gilles who has “legs up to here” is seen quite a bit around Mark and what seems to her as flirtatious behaviour. To put ontop of Bridget’s problems, Daniel Cleaver is now working at Sit up Britain where she happens to be working now. After an argument, a false pregnancy and Darcy not asking her to marry him (Bridget can be very impatient), their relationship falls apart and she ends up going on a trip to Thailand with her best friend and of course, Daniel Clever, where all the fun begins. Again not giving away too many spoilers, there is a very happy ending you would have never seen coming.
So what direction will Bridget Jones’s Diary 3 be heading? Well for one, we atleast know that she’s engaged to top barrister Mark Darcy, will we perhaps see the wedding? If we do, there’s no doubt that something crazy will happen. Will there be a baby? Bridget Jones having a baby in her mid thirties sounds about right. Danial Cleaver must magically re-appear once again. He’s like the bubble gum at the bottom of your shoe. So persistent with a littler bit of flavour, until you’ve walked it out, the flavour gets bland and you rub it off on the side of the stairs. He’s more like the whole pack of bubblegum.
One feature that is a MUST in the third installment is the hilairous man fight between Colin Firth and Hugh Grant. It was in the first, it was in the second, and it has to be in the third. Structured the same way with the same line “would you step outside please” that Mark Darcy says in such a calm tone to Daniel Cleaver, their fights are not just the usual structure, backstreet fight that is seen in most films. It’s literally a man fight. Running, chasing, pulling each others clothes, being dragged everywhere, not that many punches flying and a lot of hits being missed, it is truly a work of art. What makes it even better is that, it’s two grown men fighting, with it being the respectable barrister initiating the scuffle. Maybe in Bridget Jones’s Diary three it will earn a Oscar for best fight sequence because of it’s realism and hilarious outcome.
Whatever Bridget brings this time round, it’s certain to be a crowd pleasure as the characters and actors are older, and it’s almost possible Mark Darcy will still be our number one. We all have a little Bridget in us, maybe a lot.