A new Christmas tradition: Bridget Jones, the movie review.
Christmas is a time to spend with your loved ones, to go back home, to transport yourself – physically or emotionally – to a place where we feel “sheltered”. For me, for the past 12 years, Christmas has been about all those things and one of the friends I like to visit is Bridget. Hey, I am a girl! It couldn’t be all about Bruce Lee now, could it? I think writing about her is also cool because this blog is a British – Colombian collaboration and even though we are separated by the Atlantic, down here in the tropic we ladies also relate to this great character.
WARNING: SPOILER ALERT
The first reason and probably most relevant today is the third book Bridget Jones “Mad about the Boy” was released just a few months ago (October).
You can imagine the expectation and excitement of fans everywhere when we heard there was a third book coming out. So, now the book is out (no, I have not read it and don´t know if I am going to be able to make myself do it) I think Helen Fielding is maybe mad. Or a sadist. Or both? I cannot understand what is wrong with someone that creates the perfect man (Mark Darcy) and then kills him. It is beyond me…a part of me should be proud and thinking that it is good that she let the characters go where they needed to go and that she didn’t let the pressure from the book fans, the movie fans and women in general get to her, but to be completely honest with you, I could not care less about her integrity. I want Mark back. I want him alive…I think she was influenced by J.K Rowling (I am still trying to get over Fred Weasley, Sirius and Albus Dumbledore´s deaths) or “Game of Thrones” writer, G.R. Martin (He has killed so many characters, where do I start???)
The star of the film is one of Hollywood´s most beloved actresses, Renee Zellweger. She was known for her roles in Movies like “Jerry McGuire” and “Chicago” but it was her role as Bridget that really turned her into a superstar. There was a lot of debate when she got the part because she is not British and there were concerns about her getting the accent right. Also, she was very thin and fans felt she would not represent the character but she wowed everyone when she gained 30 pounds to interpret the overweight character. She also smoked herbal cigarettes instead of tobacco and in preparation for her role got a job for a month at a publishing company.
Today there are serious doubts that there will be a third film (see article http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/bridget-jones-big-problems-behind-648542) and also there is a new concern regarding Zellweger’s appearance and controversy regarding whether she’s had plastic surgery done or whether her dramatic facial change is simply due to age?
The movie also stars Collin Firth (yummy) and Hugh Grant (another yummy delight) and it was directed by Sharon Maguire. It successfully maintained the humor and “mood” of the book and was a faithful adaptation to the novel. It was also a box office success.
A NEW CHRISTMAS TRADITION
So, what is it about Bridget (the movie) that has made it a part of Christmas? To go along with the season vibe I will make a list of things (One for each day of Christmas) on why I think it should be part of the holiday cheer:
1. Because we first meet Mark Darcy at a Christmas party wearing his infamous reindeer jumper
2. The first conversation she has with Darcy:
Bridget: Are you staying at your parents for New Years?
Mark Darcy: Yes. You?
Bridget: Ah, no. Was at a party in London last night, I’m afraid I’m a bit hungover.
Bridget: Wish I could be home with my head in a toilet like all normal people…
Bridget: …ah! New Year’s Resolution: drink less… and quit smoking… and quit talking total nonsense to strangers… actually, quit talking, full stop.
Mark Darcy: Yes. Well. Perhaps it’s time to eat.
3.She tells carolers to “Bugger off”.
4. Mark Darcy says the best thing a man can say to a woman: He likes her, just as she is.
5. Hugh Grant´s first scene in the film: PERFECTION once the elevator´s door open.
6. Bridget´s relationship with her father (love), her mother (hate) and her perverted uncle (laugh).
7. She makes the best holiday toasts. And public speeches.
8. Miss Jones friends
9. Her karaoke singing.
10. Because she chooses Vodka. And Chaka Khan.
11. She is silly, flawed and insecure but lovable.
12. Her New Year´s Resolutions: “Resolution number one: obviously, will lose twenty pounds. Number two: will find nice sensible boyfriend and not continue to form romantic attachments to alcoholics, workaholics, peeping-toms, megalomaniacs, emotional fuckwits or perverts.”
What about you, do you love Bridget also?
As most of you should know, Bridget Jones is a bestseller. The first two installments have been distributed in over 40 countries and have sold over 15 million copies worldwide. In a survey done by “The Guardian” it was chosen as one of the ten novels that best defined the 20th century. Critics and masses loved the comical heroine.