Please don't walk away, Renée...

by Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mail

Neither Renée Zellweger nor Colin Firth has entirely dismissed the idea of a third Bridget Jones film. 

I've met with both in recent months and Firth told me: "Look, if it's a good script - which it will have to be because there's no third Bridget Jones novel - then I would consider it." 

Ditto Renée. 

Having now seen Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason, I almost can't wait for a third movie. 

Bridget is just about the most lovable of screen characters. Originally created on the page by Helen Fielding, Zellweger brings her marvellously to life on screen. But she also does something else. She brings such a warmth and humanity to her character that you end up almost loving Bridget as much as Colin Firth's Mark Darcy does. 

The performance works so well that you're not aware of the underpinning, the structure that keeps it so well balanced. 


That's down to the vision of director Beeban Kidron, working from a screenplay that's the result of several writers pitching in their ideas - and more than a little bit of help from executives at Working Title. 

Good glossy romantic comedies really work well only when they are cast with actors who are sure of their craft - and all are very sure in Edge Of Reason. There's Zellweger, Firth, Hugh Grant (the perfect English bastard), Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones, Sally Phillips, Shirley Henderson, James Callis, Jacinda Barrett, Celia Imrie and others. All of them are tip-top. 

There are also some very good jokes but I know my editor would not thank me (although you might) if I repeated them here.