I may probably be the last person in his forties to have watched Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) for the first time in 2021. In the past, I have often heard about this romantic comedy which has been called a cult classic and a British culture icon by Wikipedia. The film stars Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant. The movie is available on both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video and you can’t miss it.
In her 30s and sadly single, Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) is working in a dead-end job as public relations officer in a London publishing firm. To get over her loneliness and hopelessness Bridget starts writing a journal. One year, the journal gets entries about two gentlemen who fall head over heels for her. The gentlemen are a childhood family friend and now a barrister Mark Darcy played by Colin Firth and Bridget’s boss Daniel Cleaver played by Hugh Grant.
As seen in many Hollywood sitcoms, the story is an extremely familiar and worn-out one. What makes Bridget Jones stand out was the relatable screenplay, fine direction by Sharon Maguire and the chemistry between the three lead actors. The relationship between Bridget and her friends and the affection of her (a bit eccentric) parents are the strength to Ms Jones to get through her life. The songs in the film were placed at appropriate locations and they added the right emotions to the story.
Check out this heartwarming film which comes with a dollop of British humour.