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20 January 2006

Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)

Renée Zellweger (Bridget Jones), Colin Firth (Mark Darcy), and Hugh Grant (Daniel Cleaver)

Directed by Sharon Maguire

Summary: An adaptation of Helen Fielding's novel in which a 30-something British woman struggles to gain acceptance in her career and to find love. She must choose between Daniel, her philandering boss, and Mark, a seemingly aloof barrister.
Hilarity ensues.

I cannot imagine a character more diametrically opposed to my own sense of strength, identity and womanhood than Bridget Jones. She is a British Ally McBeal: over-sexed, ridiculous, immature, insecure, slutty, weak, and scared by her own potential. While Fielding chose Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy as her representatives on the field of courtship, I would never pick Bridget Jones as my proxy. This Mr. Darcy deserved better.

Grant was lovely and nasty, but I think his character here might affect my viewing of Sense and Sensibility in the future. Fielding may as well have called his character "Wickham" for all of her originality in creating original characters and dynamics. Zellweger's vocal talents have been vastly over-rated, as her English accent was only passable. She was certainly no Jennifer Ehle (who was born in North Carolina). And Firth-mania continues... Colin was lovely, distant, tortured, and sweet. But like I said, he deserved better.

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