The Fourth Annual James Proclaims Advent Calendar of Christmas(ish) Films – Door 15

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There was something of a furore back in 2000 when Rene Zellweger was announced as the choice to take on the eponymous lead in the cinematic adaptation of the bestselling Bridget Jones’s Diary. How could an American play such a quintessentially iconic British character?

I was not, personally, bothered by Zellweger’s casting because I had absolutely no intention of seeing the movie, having also not read the book.

And yet, as if to confound everyone’s expectations, I did see the movie. And have seen it many times since.

And Zellweger is absolutely spot-on as the quirky thirty-something neurotic Jones. I would imagine. As I say, I haven’t read the book, but others who have seem to think that Zellweger nailed it. Certainly I could easily believe that Zellweger’s Jones is British, which was sort of what the whole fuss was about to begin with.

And whatever people’s expectations were, it’s hard to argue that Zellweger is anything other than exceptional in this movie.

Along with Hugh Grant, who is clearly having enormous fun as the roguish Daniel Cleaver, and Colin Firth who is having less fun but nonetheless perfectly cast in his second screen outing as someone called Darcy (his first outing in 1995’s television adaptation of Pride and Prejudice being one of the primary reasons for his appearance in this movie), Zellweger absolutely shines, rendering Jones both sympathetic and hilarious.

Based on the kinds of movies I like, I probably shouldn’t like this, but it’s good enough to transcend all of my misgivings.

I expect I’d probably like the book too.

Score for Christmasishness

holly 3

Although it’s based on a fictional diary, and thus takes place over the course of a year, it begins, as most diaries do, at the beginning of the year, when it still all looks a lot like Christmas (obviously a heavily fictionalised version of Christmas where it snows in the UK) and it also concludes at New Year, having taken in Christmas along the way (again, complete with unrealistic snow). And there is, of course, Colin Firth’s iconic Christmas jumper, which might well be responsible for the fact that we now all wear really bad Christmas jumpers at this time of year. So it’s a fairly Christmas(ish) movie all things considered.

  13 comments for “The Fourth Annual James Proclaims Advent Calendar of Christmas(ish) Films – Door 15

  1. December 15, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    Oh yes! This is a must view alongside Love Actually and any of the Die Hards!

    Liked by 2 people

    • December 15, 2020 at 6:05 pm

      It’s a fair bit better than Die Hard 5

      Liked by 1 person

      • December 15, 2020 at 6:28 pm

        …which had a review that said “better to call it ‘A Fair Day To Call It Quits.'”

        Liked by 1 person

  2. December 15, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    I do love this movie and the casting is terrific. I saw Zellweger interviewed, and I was shocked that she actually has quite a strong southern drawl. I knew she was American, but she sounded sssoooo American. It never occurred to me that the snow was out of place in that movie. Interesting detail.

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 15, 2020 at 6:06 pm

      The snow is very out of place but it’s a UK Christmas movie trope so completely forgivable


  3. December 15, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    This should be 4 sprigs of holly, no doubt.
    The snow scene was even filmed in chocolate box Snowshill. It doesn’t get any more Christmassy than that.
    Apologies for the disagreement.

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    • December 15, 2020 at 6:06 pm

      I won’t quibble over a sprig of holly


  4. December 15, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    I’ve never seen this movie. Perhaps it’s time to remedy that.

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 15, 2020 at 6:07 pm

      It definitely shouldn’t be my kind of thing and I love it, so it’s well worth a watch.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. December 15, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    Cool I saw it and it wasn’t a favorite. But if you like it go for it

    Keep Laughing People will wonder

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 16, 2020 at 5:25 am

      I wouldn’t describe it as a favourite either, but considering the genre I find it far more enjoyable that I would have expected to.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. December 16, 2020 at 2:50 am

    I am pro Christmas Jumper.

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 16, 2020 at 5:25 am

      As well you should be


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