Bridget Jones’s Baby

Featured In Issue 214, Feburary 2017

WSR Score4
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Bridget Jones's Baby, the third installment in the Bridget Jones series, follows forty-something Bridget (Zellweger) as she embraces a new decade in her life, confronts her past with a charismatic old love, and finds new romance using her signature quirk and humor. Single again after breaking up with Mark Darcy (Firth), Bridget decides to focus on her job and surround herself with old friends and new. But her love life takes a turn when she meets a dashing American named Jack (Dempsey), the suitor who is everything Mr. Darcy is not. In an unlikely twist, Bridget finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch…she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby's father. (Gary Reber)

Special features include an alternate ending (HD 03:51), a gag reel (HD 02:06), six deleted and alternate scenes (HD 17:25), the multi-part documentary Full Circle: The Making of Bridget Jones's Baby (HD 18:54), and upfront previews.

The 2.38:1 1080p AVC picture exhibits a veil of clutter in the imagery, which degrades resolution, resulting in a rough, fussy appearance. Whether this is stylization or not, the result is a mediocre visual experience. The color palette, however, is vibrant with strong primaries and warm hues. Colors at times pop and display a natural richness. Fleshtones are natural-appearing throughout. Contrast is well balanced with revealing shadow delineation and deep blacks. Resolution is soft and obscure. Overall, the picture is colorful, but basically mediocre when compared to the present-day norm. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dialogue focused, but the music score is quite lively, with quieter segments that play well to support the comedic storytelling. The music, mostly pop, provides the surround envelopment, which at times is quite enveloping. Dialogue is quite forward sounding in realtime conversation. Otherwise, Bridget's in-the-head thoughts are satisfyingly forward. Overall, this is fun storytelling, though, the sonics are rather underwhelming in terms of sonic-performance quality. (Gary Reber)