Friday, May 28, 2010

Sex and the City 2 Review

It’s been two years since the first SATC movie and even though the sequel - Sex and the City 2 - is a welcome return of the four fabulous women we have come to know and love, I have to question, was it really necessary? New York, aka the “fifth character,” takes a back seat this time around. Why they decided to go that route, I do not know.

Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) is fretting that Big (Chris Noth) wants to snuggle on their expensive couch instead of hitting the town. Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) has a boss from hell who gives her the hand every time she speaks. Samantha (Kim Cattrall) is desperately trying to beat menopause, and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) is going crazy from the sound of her kids' squawking, though, in true form, she'd never admit it. So they escape to Abu Dhabi (stand-in: Morocco), at the invitation of a sheik who wants Samantha to rep. his hotel and make it seem attractive to Americans. How could it not be? It's stunning!
However, once the ladies arrive things aren’t as la-dee-dah as they first seem. As if she can't help it, Carrie kicks up some trouble for herself after finding Aidan (
John Corbett
), now a married dad of three. And the drama that develops is so been-there, done-that. You kind of have to wonder if she has an emotional imbalance that keeps her perpetually dissatisfied with her life. Things fare better for Charlotte and Miranda, who bond over motherhood in the way most do - through cocktails of course. And it's not surprising that Samantha eventually creates a culture clash (Oh, hadn't you heard? Abu Dhabi doesn't take kindly to public displays of affection.) that leads to one of the dumbest conflict resolutions ever caught on film.

The girls still have hot bods, the clothes and scenery are sublimely sparkly, but that’s it. It’s almost like they reverted back to the first season where everything was all on the surface, shallow and kind of dull. Sure there are a few jokes that definitely make you laugh, and I ‘was’ entertained, but I didn’t feel the tender emotion that the first film had so much of – it didn’t have that deep soulfulness I was hoping for. All this movie gave us this time around was glam-fluff, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, I was just hoping for a deeper connection. Intead it was over the top and flat. It wasn’t horrible but it definitely wasn’t great. If you’re a fan of the series and loved the first film, I’d wait to rent this one.


What did you think?


Groverfam said...

didn't see it and wouldn't see it after this review! No thanks1 I love how you write about it though.

krista said...

Saw it. Thought most of the humor was cheap. This was a great HBO show and the movie was not on par. I laughed at it... but I wouldn't recommend it. I thought Carrie was a "B word" when she got the TV for a present and told Big "some jewelry would have been nice". Had a good time going to a chick flick though! I was totally in the mood.

Crimson_Silk said...

I am a fan of the series, and it sounds interesting enough to watch at home. Thanks for the well-written synopsis. I will rent it on one of those evenings when I feel like a fluffy movie without much deeper content.

Marcelina Moreno said...

I didn't see this thinking that I was going to be enjoying a thought provoking film, however this did end up making me think. I was thinking why the hell did I just waste £6 and 2.5 hours on this movie. It was about an hour too long and honestly I was so tired of the "ladies" by the end that I almost left. ... if we don't leave right now we're going to have to fly coach... come on!! I was a big fan of the show and I enjoyed the first movie. But they should have stopped right there and they certainly shouldn't further any of the rumors of a prequel. I think they have taken a show which was amazing in it's time and then sent it way way WAY over the top turning these women into spoiled brats.

Surf Goddess said...

i was thoroughly disappointed by this movie. 10 min. into the movie and i already felt embarrassed for them. the characters were flat, there was no connection between the movie and the just felt thrown together and i was ready to leave 30 min. into it. it just kept getting worse and worse. the best part was when aidan showed up.

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