- Format: NTSC
- Region: Region A/1
- Studio: Alliance Films
- Release Date: Jan. 18 2011
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (333 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B003VD2Q8M
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,415 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
"Bridget Jones Diary" is a chick flick that transcends the genre. The plot has the barest nod to Ms. Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" though Elizabeth Bennett would be flabbergasted to find Bridget in her role. Colin Firth actually recreates Mr. Darcy (see his fine BBC performance of P&P) with his tongue firmly in cheek. Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) is Bridget's wicked temptation of a faithless lover. I must say if Hugh Grant is lovable as a dim wit comedian, he is devastating in a charming villain role.
Bridget is a not-quite-featherhead, obsessively concerned with her weight, sex life and self-perceived lack of charm, looks, and luck. In her early 30's, she worries about expiring in her lonely room and being eaten by dogs. She dislikes "smug marrieds," but is fearfully intimidated by them. Bridget makes sporadic attempts to take control of her life usually with disastrous results.
It took me this long to see the movie because I was lukewarm about the book. However, Ms. Zellweger brings Bridget to life in such a way that I was instantly won over by her ditzy charm. I fervently championed her every triumph and was saddened by her setbacks (usually brought on by herself). This is a feel-good film and definitely worth a 120 minute investment. Treat yourself to a guilt-free chocolate sundae after the movie. Enjoy!