Step away from the edge
Some diaries should just remain closed.The first time we peeked into Bridget Jones’ diary, her bumbling boyfriend trouble charmed audiences. But at second glance, the depiction of her life lacks emotional truth.”Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason” falls into ridiculous shenanigans that render a superficial story.
The movie tries to do too much. It stuffs audiences with its message that overweight women can be sexy (something Renée Zellweger made a point to get across on an Oprah stint, though she also apparently made a point to lose every excess pound she gained for the role). It comes up short in its honest portrayal of the ups and downs of relationships. It skims over sex addiction. And it takes an outrageous detour through the Thai prison system.Oh, and then there’s the gratuitous sexual scene, which I can’t name because it would spoil page 92 of the diary, but this is one they wrote to etch into viewers’ memories and usher Zellweger into a growing trend of famous scenes.The Jones sequel picks up where “Bridget Jones’s Diary” left off; Jones is madly in love with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), but as you can imagine, her love life is anything but smooth.
And eventually Hugh Grant, as Daniel Cleaver, slinks his way into the picture.Meanwhile, Jones plays the awkward but somehow adorable misfit. Much of the humor relies on callbacks to the first movie – including huge panty references and yet another boyfriend brawl. The rest of the humor either seems a little flat or already has been worn out in the trailers.
But the most disappointing part of “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason” is the missed opportunity to tell a romantic story from the heart. So many romances focus on the roses, while few take time to notice that the water in the vase turns rancid if you don’t keep it fresh.Jones’ romantic problems have the potential to strike a chord, but instead the characters come off as cardboard game pieces manipulated by a plot that doesn’t push matters of the heart to the edge.Kimberly Nicoletti is on the edge of writing a diary without reason.
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