Directed by Beeban Kidron, starring Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Gemma Jones and Jim Broadbent.
When we last saw Bridget, in the arms of clever, handsome and honourable Mark Darcy, a happy ending looked assured. But of course, this is Bridget Jones we're talking about and, in her second, equally hilarious, big screen outing, she manages to completely turn her life upside down, yet again.
Four weeks on from the end of 'Bridget Jones's Diary', Bridget and Mark (Zellweger and Firth) are blissfully happy, but it isn't long before jealousy gets the better of Bridget, particularly when she meets Mark's gorgeous young associate. Worse is to come when she discovers that her ex-boyfriend Daniel Cleaver (Grant) is now working in her office.
Predictably, Bridget's insecurity sabotages her relationship with Mark and a working holiday in Thailand sees her renew her acquaintance with Cleaver, who claims to have changed his ways. Naturally, the audience knows better and a sojourn in a Thai jail for drugs offences makes Bridget revaluate her priorities and discover where her heart truly lies.
There are plenty of nods to the first film - notably the opening sequence and the fight between Cleaver and Mark, which is better than the original, but, surprisingly, these reminders don't detract from the movie. They serve as a smooth transition to the continuation of Bridget's story, which, though less original, is not less funny.
While there are elements of the truly ridiculous to the storyline, there are some very poignant moments also, particularly between Mark and Bridget, two very different people trying to stay in love, despite the obstacles. The sequel is again well served by its central cast, particularly Grant, whose performance as the suave and charismatic Daniel, a revelation in the first movie and the best role he's ever played, steals the show from Firth's noble, but slightly dull Mark.
'Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason' is as funny and charming as the original and definitely won't disappoint fans of the inept-yet-indomitable Bridget.