It was one of those nights when I was just sitting in front of the TV, wondering, “What would Daniella watch?” Because you know, my best friend loves romantic movies, and I don’t feel the same way. I can stand them, tolerate them, but I don’t love them.
Lately though, I have been feeling like I need some changes. So I decided to do what my bestie would do.
Browsing through my options, Bridget Jones’s Diary caught my attention. Partially because Raj in the Big Bang Theory always mentioned it every few episodes. So I went, “Let’s give this movie a chance.”
It was hilarious.
Bridget Jones, 32, struggling with her weight, drinking a little bit too much, and cannot seem to stop smoking, faces her worst nightmare when she’s criticized by her childhood friend, Mark Darcy. She then decides to turn her life around and become a better version of herself.
Of course, things aren’t going too well when she starts a relationship with her boss, Daniel. Daniel is the bad boy type who can’t commit and lies through her teeth. Bridget knows this, but she loves having someone in her life and continues their fling.
However, after finding out that Daniel cheats on her, Bridget decides to quit her job and move on with her life. There, Mark, who has been keeping an eye on her, makes his move.
We all know how this ends, of course. In most tales, Mr. Darcy wins. But despite the cliche presented, the obvious plot and everything, Bridget’s cheeky attitude shines through.
I love Renee Zellweger. She owns that role, and we all fall in love with Bridget Jones. We feel her shame, sadness, confusion, and silly jumps of happiness. Colin Firth, my goodness that man, does not even have to do much. He can just simply stand there, and I will cheer for him. That man and his charisma can kill me. And Hugh Grant, ahah! I loved him in this movie, to be honest, what a crazy guy.
The Big Bang Theory’s Raj always said that to watch Bridget Jones’s Diary, bring tissues.. but I didn’t cry at all. I mean, in which scene do we start crying? This movie is funny.
I do feel inspired, in a way that I think, “I do not want to be 32 and see myself that way,” kind of inspired. It feels a bit wasted, somehow, to be in Bridget’s place at that age. Of course, I don’t know how that’s like yet – but I sure hope I won’t end up there.
Bridget Jones’s Diary got an 8/10 from me. I don’t usually like romances, but this movie is so much more than that. It’s about a woman and her life choices, her motivation and her drive, and I like it. The focus was never the men in her life, but herself and her transformation. So, what’s not to love?