Cover Art and Menu: 7/10
Cover art is one of those things that can really catch your eye and look great on a DVD shelf, or bore you to sleep. I have to say that both Bridget flicks suffer from the later. I don’t like stars’ faces slapped on the cover, even if they are meant to be terminally cute and cuddly. Bridget Jones and the metropolitan phenomenon that has followed it calls for something a bit more artsy, a bit more trendy, a bit more Pier 1, but hey who am I to say Zellweger’s little round face isn’t good enough to grace my collection?
The menus are functional but just as uneventful as the cover. I would say the whole package got a kick in the butt from the girly girl department saying it’s all got to appeal to the female sector. Well, I am the female sector and I would like to confess that I’m older than 12 and not really into “adorable” pink graphics. Simple yes, pink, not so much. Other than the attack of the frilly colors the menus are on par with film, all about moments of poor Bridget’s bumbling life.
- Audio commentary by director Beeban Kidron – Since this movie didn’t get me quite as interested or as entertained as the first time around I wasn’t that interested in the commentary. What I did find is that it seems they try to make sure we know this is not “Diary”, but a whole new story…which is not exactly true.
- Deleted Scenes with introductions – Deleted scenes are a dime a dozen these days when they seem like obvious choices for the virtual cutting room floor.
- Interviews with Colin Firth – Bridget Jones interviews Colin Firth, pretty cool. Zellweger stays in character while asking Colin Firth many questions about his wet shirt scene in Pride and Prejudice.
- “Lonely London” – featurette – This is a segment that shows how they made a sequence that included a virtual London full of couples and happy families as Bridget and Mark are alone thinking of each other. Even romantic comedies get in on the CGI action these days.
- “The Big Fight” – featurette – More class sissy fighting from our blundering leading men. I have to say it’s amusing, but same old same old with a fountain tossed in for good measure.
- “Who’s Your Man?” quiz – I win Mark Darcy of course. Do you think they will UPS him to me right away? This is strictly for anyone who adores men, secretly or otherwise.
The Movie: 7/10:
Bridget Jones is a character I identify with whole heartedly. So, if you wonder why I seem so fond of her, well, she’s my kind of gal. There are lots of us out here. We don’t wear the right make up or dress in the latest fashions. We don’t walk gracefully or giggle when we toss our hair at the first sign of testosterone. We don’t always look people straight in the eye because we know that someone will eventually look back, and that has potential embarrassment written all over it.
And then again, we often have a show of great confidence, and muster up enough self esteem to look right back at the world and stand up for ourselves. Bridget just hasn’t figured out when to do the mustering up and when to realize that the world doesn’t always see her as a door mat.
In Bridget Jones’ Diary our lovely heroine struggles with body image, being alone, mistaking casual sex for a serious relationship, and worst of all, a perpetually pouting lip to accompany her many other sad and lonely aging young middle age woman traits. The thing about Bridget Jones’ Diary vs. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason is that in the first movie the charm is innocent, unforced, well written and perfectly justified. In The Edge of Reason I felt like it was the same movie all over again, with some of the same charm, but worn and forced, and not so innocent anymore.
Bridget’s appeal is that she represents more than just the not-so-skinny, not-so-elegant amongst us. Her heartfelt need to be loved, is only equal to the fact that she deserves it. She’s soft and sweet, but not in a way that makes her weak She is apologetic for who she is. She has strengths but she is still figuring out what they are. She never gives up on herself and in the end she will defend herself, even sacrificing the chance at love because she feels she must choose self respect and dignity with a bit of loneliness instead of letting herself be walked on, taken advantage of, or otherwise mistreated.
Some cuddly charming wishy-washy women are so pathetic that I hope they remain single and alone forever. They doubt themselves from here to tomorrow apologizing for every little thing, all while doing their best to play the martyr. They think they are being brave to face their singular existence watching every episode of Oprah, eating frozen diet meals, jazzercising on Wednesdays, and buying too much make up. It all adds to make them just plain annoying and ultimately very unsympathetic.
I would distinguish The Edge of Reason from “Diary” if I could, but they are very similar. If you love the first one, buy the second one. If you hated the first one, you’ll hate the second one. Edge of Reason feels like they had to throw some new stuff at us like a stint in a Tai prison, Mark Darcy to the rescue, and more details about their very cozy relationship. But in the end, it’s all rehash and not as clever and sharp as “Diary”.
We get the hysterical fighting between credible upstanding Mark Darcy and his rival, the shitheal, Daniel Cleaver. We see Bridget in more plain Jane clothes and unglamorous situations, which were endearing the first several times, but after a while just seem like over kill.
The thing I love about these movies is the one thing that seems so real to me. A man who loves a woman but doesn’t know exactly how to show it and a woman who loves a man but who doesn’t know how to be loved. Firth and Zellweger are both wonderful when they play their respective parts opposite each other and when their sparks fly it’s genuine lovey-dovey movie magic, which I normally think is boring and vomit educing, but in this case I like it J Maybe they remind me of a real life couple made up of a not-so-graceful simple chick and a dignified reserved English man. Did I mention that my husband is British?
For anyone who loves loves loves Bridget Jones, well, just go buy it. Who cares what it costs. If you really enjoyed the first one but enough is enough, rent The Edge of Reason and save your purchase cash for the bargain bin, or better yet, go buy Love Actually.
Overall Score 7/10