A year in the life of Bridget Jones, a single woman in London. Bearing
deliberate resonances to Pride and Prejudice(P&P) by Jane Austen.
You know, sometimes things
happen with synchronicity. No sooner do Karen and I finish our review of
Pride and Prejudice the book, the
movie, and our own parodic version, but
we go to see Bridget Jones.
Not that you have to have
read P&P to understand the movie, or for that matter read the book
Bridget Jones's Diary, but it certainly didn't hurt us to have P&P
practically memorized. I mean, Bridget works at Pemberly Publishing. How
cool is that!
Anyway, Bridget makes me
think of Ally when I still liked Ally McBeal. Her neuroses are amusing
and understandable. Unlike Elizabeth, (the heroine of P&P), I don't
particularly want to be Bridget when I grow up. In fact, I kinda sorta
hope that I'm not quite that neurotic. However, as played by Renee Zellweger,
Bridget's really funny in a brave little toaster kind of way. From the
moment she sits in her apartment by herself with a bottle of wine and sings
along with a little R&B, I knew I liked her.
And then there's Mr. Darcy.
In an utterly brilliant casting coup, the modern day version of Darcy is
played by Colin Firth, who played (and pretty much defined for me) Mr.
Darcy in the A&E Pride and Prejudice. They make great use of the
character. He's pompous, stiff, arrogant, but a good man with a kind heart.
Bridget's other love interest,
Daniel Cleaver (this version of P&P's sly Wickam) as played by Hugh
Grant is appropriately two-faced, smarmy, and cute (in a dissipated sort
This is a good fun romantic
comedy. Definite chick flick, without being too girly. And since I am a
chick, um, well, of course I liked it.
Young lieutenant Hornblower is 3rd officer under a dangerously erratic
captain. However, with cool aplomb and just general coolness, he saves
the day, while his friends save him from court marshal.
Ok, lets get this out of
the way straight out, Ioan Gruffud as Horatio Hornblower is an absolute
cutie. Paul McGann and Jamie Bamber as Lieutenants Bush and Kennedy are
no slouches either. But, what can I say, Ioan’s Hornblower exudes this
wonderful earnest charisma.
The plot is top notch. There
is suspense. Action. Adventure. Tall ships. Stars to sail them by. The
dialogue is crisp and the Hornblower, Kennedy and Bush are at turns hilarious
Not really a lot of women.
We are talking the high seas. The Spanish ladies do pull some swift moves.
But you know sometimes, a good adventure is all you need.
Can't wait for the next instalment.
Josey and the Pussycats are a struggling band in Poedunk, Nowhere. They
get discovered, mystery ensues.
This movie is flat out hilarious.
You really couldn't tell that from the reviews or the previews, but there
is joke on joke. They make fun of everything in the music industry and
well, a lot of randomness as well. I mean really, a boy band whose big
hit is Back Door Lover. Hmmmm…And the Metallica reference (I really like
Metallica) was hilarious.
The music is so peppy, we
went right out and bought it. The characters are funny and fun. The mystery
isn't really mysterious. But it is kooky and cool.
If you want a light hearted
romp like Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion, check it out.