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Bridget Jones - The Edge of Reason
Universal // R // March 22, 2005
List Price: $29.98 [Buy now and save at Amazon]
I'll admit right out that I've only seen the first Bridget Jones movie on TV, so it was edited and not all the pieces were there, however within 10 minutes of watching The Edge of Reason I exclaimed to my wife "Didn't we just see this exact movie a couple weeks ago?" Even though it did turn out slightly different than the first in the series, I ended up watching a predictable movie that never really kept me interested. I have not read the book, but the expert reader that I watched it with said one thing, and said it best "The book was much better, and this wasn't as good as the first movie."
Renee Zellweger once again had to pack on the extra pounds to take on the neurotic Bridget Jones in The Edge of Reason, and is joined by cast mates Hugh Grant and Colin Firth, who reprise their roles of men of interest to Bridget.
As mentioned the story takes a predictable path through Bridget's life; get into a fight with boyfriend, then spend time with man number two, man number one catches wind of it and gets jealous, and ultimately the girl gets the man of her dreams at the end. However, the path that is taken is the different one here, with Jones getting into some strange situations that are implausible and seem to be here mainly for comedic effect, which I found to fall flat most of the time.
But really, what can one expect from a story that stems from a book that falls into the category of Chick-Lit, where normally British women who are journalists/writers are on a life adventure to find a suitable life mate with hilarity sprinkled within. For some viewers, it will be the perfect way to spend an evening or Sunday afternoon, and for those viewers chances are that visiting Bridget's life will be a trip that they've taken at least once before in word form.
How's it Look:
Bridget Jones The Edge of Reason is presented in the original 2.40:1 aspect ratio, which was beautifully enhanced for those with widescreen TVs or TVs which can do the squeeze trick. The movie looks wonderfully crisp throughout the film, with nary a speck or spot to be noticed. The colors are all represented nice and sharp throughout with a great palette, ranging from some bright whites on snow to the dank and dull Thai prison for women.
How's it Sound:
Believing that no one language should get all the good sound, Universal has allotted three separate Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks for your listening enjoyment, French, Spanish and English. For a dialog driven movie the sound of Bridget Jones was very sharp and actually made good use of the 5 main channels, with ambient effects and some action taking place in the surrounds. Not a demo quality disc, but given the subject matter it's more than adequate.
The Edge of Reason is a loaded disc with plenty of extra content to keep the collector satisfied for a while. Three deleted scenes are present, with an introduction by the director explaining the reason for the scene both being shot and for being cut.
I can take on two points of view when writing this review, the first being the view from the guy who watched it. Sadly that guy isn't going to give this review high marks, as the movie was merely an average attempt at capitalizing on the success of a movie which came to theaters at the right time. It did have a few chuckle moments, but the ending can be nailed by any viewer even before they watch the movie.
The DVD however is a great presentation, the video is crisp, the audio options are extremely nicely put together and the abundance of extras is sure to please anyone who enjoys going further into the movie and learning more about the craft and the people behind the scenes.
Overall however, I still can only give this a rental recommendation simply based on the fact that I don't feel that this movie would make it into rotation to be watched more than once, thereby making the $4 rental fee much more economical. Rent it.