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Mildly Enthusiastic Review: Bridget Jones’s Diary

Looking for a sort of Christmassy, light and meaningless movie to watch before Christmas, I re-stumbled upon

er-bridgetjonesdiaryBridget Jones’s Diary

Category: Movies

Find it on: IMDb

What it is:
An adaptation of a once-popular British book about a woman who’s so weak-willed and disorganized that just about anyone can identify with her (?). Very loosely inspired by Pride and Prejudice, mostly in that one guy is a cad and the other is called Darcy, it tells a story of Bridget, who can’t do anything right but will end up with the perfect man anyway, to make every woman in the world feel better about her romantic chances.

How I found it:
The first time I saw it was in a theater: I was in high school and my friends were going and at the time it sounded like nothing I would enjoy because I scoffed at romantic comedies and at enjoying myself when watching a movie. I was all about Bergman and boredom back then.

Summary judgment:
For what it is, it’s a competent movie that I can enjoy at least for Colin Firth’s performance.

Best things about it:
It’s light and mostly unpretentious. Colin Firth gets to revisit and play with his classic performance as Mister Darcy Proper and he’s quite charming in this role.

Worst things about it:
I wish Bridget had one good quality. One would be plenty, really. But instead she’s a complete failure: a (Hollywood-)fat, messy smoker without interests or self-esteem. It saddens me that the producers of this film think a female character has to be so pathetic to make women like her. And why-oh-why would Darcy ever be interested in Bridget? When did she ever do anything to attract him?

Other pluses:
✤ I enjoyed seeing James Callis as Bridget’s friend, Tom: I’ll forever love him for Sex, Chips and Rock’n’Roll, my Favorite Show Ever (TM).
✤ I never really got Hugh Grant’s attraction but at least as a villain he convinces me more than as a straight romantic interest.
✤ It is a good-looking movie and I’d take Daniel’s apartment any day.

Other minuses:
✤ The cutesy humor doesn’t usually work for me, though I understand why it would work for people less critical of Bridget’s character.
✤ This time around I actually felt sorry for Natasha. Apparently intellect and competence stand for nothing.
✤ Have the writers of this movie ever been out in the snow? You can’t run in it in your underpants, period.

How it enriched my life:
Most Christmas movies are not that great and I like having one more that I can watch around this time of year, even if it’s not a masterpiece.

Fun fact:
The only thing I remember from that first time I watched this movie in a theater was the song “It’s Raining Men” and how I didn’t like it. But, guys, I was way too young to appreciate the attractiveness of a Darcyesque character then.

Follow-up:
I will be coming back to this one. See the scarcity of watchable Christmas movies.

Recommended for:
Fans of romantic comedies and incompetent women who only pretend to be fat.

Enjoyment:
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Next time: BBC’s Pride and Prejudice (yes, we’re still at it)

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Celebrations, Personalness

Mildly Enthusiastic Review: New Year’s Eve

Happy New Year! May it be cheerful, joyful, peaceful and successful, basically chock-full of all the good stuff in life. Let’s talk

er-newyearseveNew Year’s Eve (parties)

Category: Events

Find it on: 31st December

What it is:
The celebration of the fact that another year has passed and the new one is bringing with it very new possibilities, usually accompanied with too much alcohol.

How I found it:
When I was first aware of the tradition of New Year’s Eve parties, I was a kid spending them with my grandparents and my brother and wishing I had an actual party to go to. In hindsight though, the ones with my grandparents were more lively and exciting than most parties I attended in later years.

Summary judgment:
If you follow the tradition, New Year’s Eve sucks. If you don’t, it’s pretty awesome.

Best things about it:
I’m a very conventional person in that I like conventional celebrations. But with New Year’s Eve the pressure is usually too high and you end up disappointed with whatever party you end up at. So quite a few years ago we turned the table completely and started spending each 31st December with our friends A&Z: we dress up, make good food and play games all night long, with a short break for midnight good wishes and champagne that nobody really likes. It’s always fun.

Worst things about it:
Whenever I went to a more conventional New Year’s Eve party I usually ended up displeased with one aspect of it or another. In fact, I can only think of a handful when I had any fun. I blame the high expectations.

Other pluses:
It’s a special day in a calendar. I like those almost without exceptions. While not an official holiday, it still makes you feel the excitement in the air.

Other minuses:
✤ Fireworks should be limited to an hour before and after midnight. Not a month.
✤ And don’t get me started on all the mess people leave on the streets, of which burnt out fireworks are perhaps the least annoying thing.

How it enriched my life:
We barely have time to play regular boardgames now so on New Year’s Eve we get to catch up on some new ones and some old favorites. I also get to wear shiny things which don’t make sense in more casual outfits (and I seem to have surprisingly many shiny things).

Fun fact:
I think currently our record of games played on one evening is five. I might be wrong though.

Follow-up:
Hopefully, next year’s party will be quite as relaxing as all the previous ones.

Recommended for:
Actual parties are recommended for whoever likes them. Our kind of parties only for those self-aware enough to realize that it’s precisely what they need.

Enjoyment:
At best up to  ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆  if you go to a regular party.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★  if you choose something more specifically pleasing.

Next time: Bridget Jones’s Diary

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