Picking up around ten years after the previous film, Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) is once again without a partner and seeking to reinvent herself, this time as a single woman committed to her news producer position. Modernised, with an iPad instead of a material diary, bearded hipsters, and an abundance of pop culture references (#letsdothis), the film follows Bridget as she finds out about her pregnancy, struggles to keep her job, and tries to deduce the father of her baby. Perfectly blending classic Bridget Jones humour with modern sensibilities, the plot neither stagnates nor goes too far. The characters remain true to their personalities, yet it is clear that the years have passed and their priorities have necessarily changed. The cringe-worthy gaffs that make you laugh out loud and want to bury your face in your hands endure, yet the writers have come up with whole new ways of presenting them.
With real life problems and fictional world solutions, the film is light-hearted, humorous, slightly ridiculous and utterly enjoyable to watch. It is a welcome addition to the series, and works hard to ensure that it doesn’t appear awkwardly tacked on. Overall, it is a fantastic and easy-to-watch romantic comedy, and makes no pretensions about what it is trying to achieve.