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Bridget Jones’ Baby

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Bridget Jones's Baby

20161 h 37 min
Overview

Breaking up with Mark Darcy leaves Bridget Jones over 40 and single again. Feeling that she has everything under control, Jones decides to focus on her career as a top news producer. Suddenly, her love life comes back from the dead when she meets a dashing and handsome American named Jack. Things couldn't be better, until Bridget discovers that she is pregnant. Now, the befuddled mom-to-be must figure out if the proud papa is Mark or Jack.

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Director Sharon Maguire
Runtime 1 h 37 min
Release Date 15 September 2016
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Movie Rating Very good
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Leaving the cinema, weeping, at lunchtime…it’s many years since I’ve done that and it’s all Bridget’s fault!  This was the kind of film that manipulates emotions more deftly than an X-factor audition, lays on the corn with a trowel and requires a suspension of disbelief way above and beyond… but all that said, I loved it.  There’s something about the vulnerable, awkward nature of Bridget, mixed with a little kookiness that is just so appealing, you can’t help rooting for her.  There were some genuinely funny lines, a little visual humour, good support from the repressed Darcy, what’s not to love?   And who turned out to be the father of Bridget’s baby? I couldn’t possibly say.

Edit – almost forgot, the soundtrack is great too (awkward little cameo from Ed Sheeran) and includes one of my all time favourites, F*ck You by the lovely Lily Allen.

The Lady in the Van

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The Lady in the Van

A mostly true story

20151 h 44 min
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The true story of the relationship between Alan Bennett and the singular Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins who ‘temporarily’ parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years.

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Director Nicholas Hytner
Runtime 1 h 44 min
Release Date 12 September 2015
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Movie Rating Very good
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Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith as Miss Shepherd

I had high expectations for this film and I wasn’t disappointed.  Maggie Smith was faultless in her role as the ‘noble vagabond’ Miss Shepherd who lived the last 15 years of her life in a van on writer, Alan Bennett’s London driveway.  Alex Jennings was superb as Alan Bennett to such an extent that when the real Bennett made a brief cameo at the end I wondered, for a split second, who was this imposter?

Played mostly for comedy there is an underlying pathos in the exploration of Bennett’s relationship with his mother and his own self deprecation.  “You wouldn’t see Harold Pinter pushing vans down the street!”  he mutters after being bullied into push starting Shepherd’s van.

The story itself (mostly true) is a little on the thin side and rather than a monologue we are given two Bennetts, the writer and the one who lived the ‘real life’.   This technique allowed us to see Bennett talking to himself about Shepherd as he coped with her less than fragrant presence on his driveway.

Special mention for the fabulous Frances De La Tour as Ursula Vaughan Williams.  I was surprised that James Corden ranked so high on the billing, if you’ve seen the trailer you’ve seen his complete role in the film.  One scene.

A sweet, unchallenging and heart-warming film.  Recommended.