BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY
Bridget Jones’s Diary ★★★★
What could be a more enjoyable way to spend the evening than this romantic comedy about Bridget’s struggles against increasing weight, alcohol and cigarette addiction, and the anxieties of being a 30-something singleton? Helen Fielding’s novel is brought most satisfyingly to the screen by director Sharon Maguire, writers Andrew Davies and Richard Curtis, and particularly Renée Zellweger as Bridget. Do you recall the fuss when this Texan was cast instead of a British actress? I said at the time that she’d be fine and so she is. The men in her life are her boss Hugh Grant and her true love Colin Firth. Grant makes an excellent cad, a role he should play more often, while Firth, as Darcy, is as good here as he was under the same name in Pride and Prejudice, though minus the wet shirt. It’s touching, very funny and, spoiler alert though this may be, has the desired happy ending, as indeed it should.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade ★★★★★
Indy hunts both the Holy Grail and his own father (Sean Connery) in the third outing for the world’s most intrepid archaeologist.
The Lady Vanishes ★★★★★
Classic Hitchcock and a thoroughly British yarn in which Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave search a train for a missing woman. But was she ever there at all?
Mamma Mia! ★★★★
The Abba hits just keep on coming in this sunny, funny feel-good musical as Meryl Streep uncovers her inner disco diva and Pierce Brosnan bravely attempts to hit the right notes.
The Bourne Identity ★★★★
The great spy trilogy starts here with Matt Damon waking up with no knowledge of who he is, where he is, and what he’s capable of. Light blue touch paper and stand well back.
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