Film Review – BRIDGET JONES’ DIARY (2001)

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001; UK/Ireland/France; Technicolor; 97m) ∗∗∗∗  d. Sharon Maguire; w. Andrew Davies, Helen Fielding, Richard Curtis; ph. Stuart Dryburgh; m. Patrick Doyle.  Cast: Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones, Sally Phillips, Shirley Henderson, Celia Imrie, Embeth Davidtz, Honor Blackman, James Faulkns. A British woman is determined to improve herself while she looks for love in a year in which she keeps a personal diary. Zellweger is excellent and charming in her portrayal of Bridget Jones. Firth and Grant head a strong supporting British cast. Whilst it descends into some standard rom-com/sit-com situations and has an all too cosy feel at times, this well-observed comedy still hits home. To prepare for the role, Zellweger gained 25 pounds. Based on the novel by Helen Fielding. Followed by BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON (2004). [15]