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    Why ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ Remains Relevant As Modern Classic Even Today?

    It’s been over two decades since ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary‘ was released, and the film is still looked at as one of the classic movies of our times. Adapted from Helen Fielding’s novel, the movie holds a special place in the hearts of many. However, even beloved classics can show their age upon closer inspection.

    While there are many who appreciate the movie for all its upsides, some others contend it has its own downsides which may put it off the pedestal as a beloved classic. Here’s a detailed revisit to this tale of a 32-year-old singleton in London, and a sneak peek into both its enduring strengths and its flaws.

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    Bridget Jones Is Relatable For All Women In Their Thirties Even Today

    Still from 'Bridget Jones Diary'
    Still from ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’

    Bridget, the leading lady of the story narrative, herself emerges as one of the film’s most enduring aspects. Played by Renee Zellweger, the character offers a groundbreaking representation of single women in their thirties. At a time when romantic comedies primarily centered around young ingénues, Bridget shattered stereotypes with her character.

    In the film, Bridget is a very relatable woman with a mix of aspiration and imperfection. As the lead character of the film, she navigates her life with her close-knit group of friends, contends with familial conflicts, and experiences the pitfalls of dating.

    Bridget’s authenticity resonates because she is all the women in their 30s, ever since it was released till date. The character shows all the complexities of modern womanhood, making her a cinematic best friend to many.

    However, beneath Bridget’s endearing persona lies a problematic aspect of fat-shaming — which has bothered quite a lot of viewers. Throughout the film, her weight becomes a focal point as several characters make derogatory remarks about her size. Even her own friend, Shazzer, puts forth some harmful stereotypes by suggesting Bridget’s life would improve if she were thinner.

    In today’s age, body positivity movements strive for inclusivity. And the film does not quite fit into the inclusive frame. Bridget’s weight feels jarringly out of step with contemporary values and puts off many. Another aspect that hasn’t aged well is Bridget’s approach to her career. While she initially works in publishing, she later transitions to journalism — but her dedication to it remains questionable.

    Bridget’s lack of familiarity with her new role as a reporter and her reliance on connections raises questions about her professionalism. In an era where women are breaking barriers and excelling in their careers, Bridget’s cavalier attitude towards work feels regressive and rather stereotyped.

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    ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ Puts Forth An Honest Portrayal Of Life Of A Woman In Her 30s

    Still from 'Bridget Jones Diary'
    Still from ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’

    Though these flaws stand legitimate, ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary‘ remains relatable for many women. Despite her beauty and charm, societal pressures instill heavy self-doubt within her. When Mark Darcy rejects her at a New Year’s Day event, Bridget’s determination to reinvent herself gets highly triggered. She decides to do anything it takes to reach the pique of self-improvement.

    However, her transformation isn’t what wins Mark’s affection; rather, it’s her authenticity that captivates him. When he says, “I like you just as you are,” the film puts forth the right expectations a woman should have from a man.

    The beginning of Bridget’s story, layered with self-doubt, is something most women experience. On the other hand, the end of the story — where she finds a man who accepts her for who she is — is what all those women want to happen to them too. All in all, the story is a mix of relatability and wishfulness for at least its female audiences.

    Bridget’s imperfections and her journey toward self-discovery resonate deeply with audiences, particularly women who have grappled with issues of self-esteem and societal expectations. In addition, ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ boasts an impressive cast.

    While Renee Zellweger has done full justice to the role, Hugh Grant plays the rakish Daniel Cleaver, whose penchant for literature adds a layer of intrigue to his character. Colin Firth’s portrayal of Mark Darcy exudes irresistible charm, making him a quintessential romantic hero.

    In conclusion, while ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary‘ may show signs of its age, its impact on popular culture remains undeniable, making it a modern classic despite its flaws.

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    Aishwarya is a Senior Sub-Editor at First Curiosity. Working as a news writer for over 3 years, she has written on an array of things for a couple of media houses in different capacities. With writing as her outlet, she is now exploring the world of art and glamour. She has previously been associated with ETV Bharat and India Today as part of national editorial teams. With a fair share of work done covering national and international issues, she is now navigating through her abilities in the field of films and art. A movie and TV show buff, Aishwarya at First Curiosity tries to bring forth what a layman's eye might easily miss out on. Her flair for words and ability to convey what's between the lines are her biggest strengths. Her love for films and writing stems from her fondness for words and all things artsy. An avid reader and writer alike, Aishwarya likes to delve into any and all forms of art. When not tapping on her keyboard churning out articles, she can be found staring at books or screens, trying to find stories that'll help her explore the world and its portrayal through art better.

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