Unexpectedly deep and quite dark, at times, this is very funny but challenging to watch.
It’s almost as though youthful romps are out of fashion and hard times cause more provocative plot strands.
Bridget is slim and works in TV. Forget about the books. Bridget is back, but not as you knew and loved her. Of course, she is still adorable.
Renee Zellweger plays Bridget again and Colin Firth is Mark Darcy. New here is Patrick Dempsey, who plays a love interest and a dating guru.
Gemma Jones and Jim Broadbent are Bridget’s parents. Emma Thompson is hilarious as the doctor. It’s great to see Neil Pearson, Celia Imrie and Sarah Solemani.
Singer Ed Sheeran features in a very funny scene.
And if you’re mourning the loss of Hugh Grant, he actually does feature in two very unexpected places.
It surprised me that the men at Stratford East Picturehouse loved it just as much as the women did.
You won’t regret seeing this. But be prepared that it may provoke a few dark thoughts, if you have such depths.