Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) (2nd time)

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

Nominated for 1 Oscar:

Best Actress: Renee Zellweger

No better film to see on New Year's Eve than Bridget Jones's Diary... I hadn't seen it for more than 10 years and I had a feeling I need to watch it again, because I underappreciated it the first time. I was right: this has got to be one of the best romantic comedies of our times. It's funny, it's smart, I giggled my way through it, while admiring that this is a silly comedy for grown-ups, not for silly teenagers. 

And it has got to be Renee Zellweger's best performance (one could argue for Chicago, but I'm sticking with this), as this Oscar nomination in the crowded 2001 was no accident. Oscar doesn't usually go for romantic performances, but I'm happy voters were seduced by Renee. It's her most charming, natural, feel-good performance. I loved Bridget, and what Renee did with the character. A nomination for Adapted Screenplay would've been great too - unfortunately it didn't happen. With the grade I'm about to give, a Best Picture nomination wouldn't have seemed ridiculous either, but I must admit 2001 was such a fabulous year for films.

Colin Firth is adorable, Hugh Grant is just right for the part. The screenplay is sharp, just as tight as it needs to be. Highly recommended, on any occasion.

My rating for the film: 9/10. One of the ages.


  1. It's a fun movie, I really liked it AND Renée's performance (I usually dislike her, especially in her other two nominated roles).

    1. I like Renee in Chicago, but I really dislike her performance in Cold Mountain. That's anything but an Oscar performance...

      Yet with that SAG win, she was really close to winning Best Actress for Chicago... Nicole had to bring in star power to make it through.