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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

July 15, 2009 at 11:28 AM

The return of Bridget Jones, and more franchise musings

Singletons, take note: Bridget Jones may be back. Variety reports today that British producers Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan are at work on a third installment in the “Bridget Jones” franchise, with Renee Zellweger reprising her role. Hmm. The first “Bridget Jones” movie was a lot of fun, particularly Hugh Grant’s wonderfully reptilian work as the cad Daniel Cleaver (the scene in which he exits an elevator, gazing back and forth as if appraising the merchandise, is almost a movie in itself) , and the second one had its moments. But, really, is it worth the bother for poor Renee Zellweger to gain that weight again, particularly as the third installment is rumored to be about Bridget’s desperate attempts to have a baby (and because the second movie was already showing some mean-spirited tendencies toward its title character)? I’m concerned. We’ll see.
In the meantime, in the wake of another fine “Harry Potter” movie, let’s do a franchise check. It’s rare to see one, like “Potter,” which maintains such a consistently high level of quality. Others, like the “Batman” movies, lurch from good to bad to great; others start well but begin a slow fade after the initial or second installment, like “X-Men” or “Shrek” or “Ocean’s 11”; others just inexplicably stick around, like “Final Destination.” My favorite franchise at the moment? Probably “Harry Potter” and “Spider-Man” (though the third dropped off a bit). What’s yours?

(Photo credit: Alex Bailey, copyright 2001 Miramax Films)

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