Media Monday: Bridget Jones’s Diary

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Title: Bridget Jones’s Diary
Media Type: Feature Film
Director: Sharon Maguire
Studio: Miramax Films
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Summary: [from IMDB]

A British woman is determined to improve herself while she looks for love in a year in which she keeps a personal diary.

My Review:

I know, I’m a terrible girl. Somehow I have missed seeing most of the major “girl films” (I flat out refuse to see The Notebook mostly because I know it’ll make me cry). But, last week I needed some light-hearted fun, and when she found out I hadn’t seen this one, she wouldn’t let me go until I promised I would! And, you know, I’m glad I did, even if it is a fluffy RomCom.

There were a lot of things I didn’t realize about Bridget Jones’s Diary. For one thing, I only found out recently that it’s a remake of Pride and Prejudice. Despite only one similar name (“Darcy”) it’s very obvious that’s what is going on. While I love that type of story, in this case I’m a little disappointed in the portrayal of “Lizzie” – in the original Lizzie seems like a thinker, a woman who reads books, makes her own decisions and doesn’t really care what anyone else thinks. Bridget, on the other hand, is mainly just shown as bumbling and indecisive, and is fairly desperate to get almost any man who will have her. Lizzie is kind of a role model for me, despite her flaws, whereas the most I can say for Bridget is she makes me laugh.

I also didn’t realize A) that it was British and B) that it was quite that profane. If I’d known about A I probably would not have been quite so surprised about B, but after a while I got used to it and it didn’t spoil the movie in the least. I’d just say that maybe this isn’t the one to watch with your kids.

So, overall, I’d say it’s a good movie. It fits perfectly into its genre, despite the differences from the original Pride and Prejudice, and it definitely made me want to check out the book. If you’re one of the few people who like RomComs and have not seen this one, then what are you waiting for?

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2 Responses to “Media Monday: Bridget Jones’s Diary”

  1. I do like Rom-Coms every once in awhile – and I’m the same way about The Notebook , I REFUSE to read it because I don’t want to cry like a baby!

    I can’t remember what came first for me – the movie or the book, but I know I was satisfied with both! Funny I never connected it to Pride and Prejudice either. Wow. Although, I haven’t ever read P&P (don’t suppose Pride, Prejudice and Zombies count..)

    I think if you liked the movie, you’ll enjoy the book even more. 😀

  2. I like this one! I think I read the book first and loved it and love the movie also. I think it’s one of those book to movie adaptations where it’s hard to choose which is better. :) I did know that this was loosely based on Pride & Prejudice, but I admit I didn’t know that until well after watching.

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