Renee Zellweger: ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ Draws Reactions At First Screening
Renee Zellweger’s Bridget Jones’s Baby, the third film in the funny franchise got a warm reception from its Monday evening London premiere with one critic calling it the “funniest of the series, ” BBC News is reporting.
The actress, who took a six-year hiatus from Hollywood, after last starring in the 2010 film, My Own Love Song alongside Forest Whitaker, said she needed to pursue crucial interests and grow outside the movie industry, according to the Business Insider.
“I wanted to learn something that had nothing to do with researching a character. I wanted to learn things beyond the scope of what you are exposed to in filmmaking in Hollywood. I wanted to learn something new and grow as a person and see if I had aptitude for these things that interest me.”
The actress, who starred in the first installment, Bridget Jones’s Diary in 2001, and followed it up in 2004 with Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, feared remaining in Hollywood would have stopped her from reaching her personal goals and did not want that to happen. Renee Zellweger’s Bridget Jones’s Baby also stars Patrick Dempsey and Colin Firth.The 47-year-old actress admitted it felt good to be back reprising her role as the beloved Bridget Jones, and was joined by a musician boyfriend, Doyle Bramhall II, on the pink carpet much to the rapturous applause of fans that had gathered to catch a glimpse of the Tinseltown star.
Renee Zellweger’s Bridget Jones’s Baby has been 12-years in the making, but the delectable star, who is reportedly worth $140 million, reminded everyone why she has remained Hollywood’s darling, stunning the animated crowd in a one-shoulder satin dress as she twirled around for the cameras.
“To come back and begin again with this old, extended, dysfunctional family was really a nice way to begin again. I am spoiled rotten for the friendships that I have made on the set.”
According to a CNN report Bridget Jones’s Diary defined a genre and went on to earn Zellweger an Oscar nomination. The sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, was panned by some critics, but still went on to earn $262 million at the box office. Many movie buffs were not sure if Renee Zellweger could still deliver 12-years after the last installment. Fortunately, her latest escapade has gone down well with critics.
Brian Viner, who was attended the movie premiere, described it as a “bundle of joy” saying it marked a worthy finale to a trilogy. He roundly applauded Renee’s performance, saying that despite the long years that rolled past, the admirable Zellweger still rose to the challenge and delivered when it mattered.
Renee Zellweger’s Bridget Jones’s Baby was described as a “laughathon that fans should watch at all costs,” by respected movie critic, David Edwards. Leslie Felperin of The Hollywood Reporter lauded the “crisply folder lines and pleasingly peppery performances from the supporting cast,” but said the movie lost its realistic focus, wondering if anyone would that much to find love.
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Some critics have also described the absence of Hugh Grant in Renee Zellweger’s Bridget Jones’s Baby as a low point, arguing that Grant refusing to reprise his caddish role as Daniel Cleaver meant that the film did not hit the heights of the original.
Renee Zellweger’s Bridget Jones’s Baby has the 43-year-old still single; ridiculously clumsy and having no idea who got her pregnant after sleeping with two men days apart from each other. The daddy suspects are Jack Qwant played by Dempsey, a dashing internet dating billionaire and Mark Darcy, played by Firth, her perennial crush who is now a big-time attorney who spends most of his time defending an embattled Russian girl group called Poonani.
Renee Zellweger’s Bridget Jones’s Baby, also stars pop star Ed Sheeran and Emma Thompson. The film is scheduled for a September 16 release date.
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