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Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
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03.22.2005 By: JaneBlo
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason order
Director:
Beeban Kidron

Actors:
Renee Zellweger
Colin Firth
Hugh Grant

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Based on the best-selling novel “Bridget Jones’ Diary” by Helen Fielding, the second installment of Bridget Jones’ lifestory, “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason” follows our self-doubting heroine Bridget (Renée Zellweger) as she goes through the trials and tribulations of love, except this time it’s not about how to get love, but rather about how to hold on to love. Her new boyfriend Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) is a great guy but things happen and then there’s that dashing Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) to consider as well. Whatever will she do next?
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
The humor of this romantic comedy is what hooked me above all else, and so to me this film was a success because I enjoy well-written comedies that actually make me laugh out loud. I hadn’t laughed like this in a film since I saw “Meet the Parents”, I think. Then, when you add to that wonderful humor some great, really great actors, a fantastic story line, cool music and the whole directed brilliantly by director Beeban Kidron, then you are stuck with a winner. I adored Renée’s acting so much that to me she is Bridget Jones, and no one could play her better. The acting of the two main men, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant was just as brilliant and the supporting actors such as Bridget’s dear friends and folks were similarly exceptional, to say the least.

This film had references to the first part, the popular “Bridget Jones’ Diary”, and even some similarities but they were good ones. For example this film also has Mark and Daniel fighting like wimpy schoolgirls, and it’s a fantastic scene and quite endearing to witness. Bridget’s voice-over in the film is a subtle feature yet it adds to the feeling that Bridget is writing in her diary and I really liked that. There isn’t much I didn’t enjoy in the film, so I’ll talk more about what I did like almost as much as the humor, and that was the soundtrack of the film, including such great hits by such great artists as Barry White, Carly Simon, Mary J. Blige, the Darkness as well as two popular hit songsters, Beyoncé and Kylie Minogue. In the beginning of the movie, there is an homage to “The Sound of Music” which was well appreciated by me, a huge fan of that musical, and it fit right into the story like a glove. It’s subtle touches like that that made the film even more pleasurable to view for me.

Hugh Grant has always been hilarious, in my opinion, and he shines here as well, and I especially loved his lines when he’s in Rome doing a travelogue on this show and he says such ridiculous things as “When in Rome, do as many Romans as you can” and the Coliseum is no longer fun since they forbade the slaughtering of Christians there. That scene is one of the funniest in the film, along with the reference to David Bowie’s wife’s name. Other very humorous moments included Bridget in a pig pen, Bridget high as a kite in Thailand, Bridget making a fool of herself in front of crowds, among quite a few others.
THE EXTRAS
Audio Commentary by Director Beeban Kidron: One of the most enjoyable commentaries I have listened to. It was not only enlightening because it taught me some interesting film techniques, but it was well spoken and provided lots of insight into the script, the acting and so much more that makes a film great.

The Big Fight: A five minute short on the wonderfully funny fight between Bridget’s two main men, Mark Darcy and Daniel Cleaver. The two actors, Grant and Firth, apparently loved dissing each other about everything and it shows. Hilarious.

Deleted Scenes with Introductions: The introductions which are actually explanations as to why three scenes were deleted from the final cut, were very informative and it was a smart idea to include them. Alternate beginning scene is one of the scenes cut.

Mark and Bridget Forever?: A very short but fun feature that examines Bridget’s and Mark’s love and relationship.

Lonely London: That amazingly beautiful scene in the film where we see the Lonely London night and all the happiness of all the couples in the city (with Mary J. Blige singing sadly in the background) is detailed in all its CGI glory. A technical but very cool feature, especially since that was a gorgeous shot.

Whos’ Your Man Interactive Quiz: A short, fun quiz which tells you whether you’re a Daniel Cleaver or Mark Darcy kinda girl. Apparently there’s a third option which was me: neither! Good to know.

Bridget Jones Journalist Interviews Colin Firth Actor: Another hilarious extra feature that I simply loved. Bridget is her usual silly self, her questions are wildly funny and Colin Firth is the best here. It’s too bad it’s only five minutes long, it’s that good.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
It’s hard to believe the back critic quotes on the backs of most DVD boxes nowadays, but for once the NBC-TV quote ’Tons of Fun, Loads of Laughs’ on the back of this box was right on. This film is above all else funny, but it’s also sweet, touching and fun so if that’s the type of entertainment you’re seeking, a true romantic comedy, I suggest you rent or better yet buy this puppy today. It has lots of extra features too which are fun as heck and funny as well, which is rare for the extra features to make me crack a smile, but these made me laugh out loud. All in all, a sure hit.
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