Friday, June 4, 2010

SEX AND THE CITY 2

Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Kim Cattrall,
Chris Noth, David Eigenberg, Evan Handler


"Carrie on!"


Cinema 2, SM Megamall



Over indulgent decadence is how I would describe this film. From the over the top gay wedding, the designer clothes (imagine wearing high heels in the desert!!!) to the gaudy and tacky lifestyle of the rich and famous in a strictly Islamic city of all places.

Yes the girls are back. The film takes off 2 years after Carrie's wedding to Mr Big. Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) is now living a very cushy life as Mrs Preston yet somehow she feels their marriage has lost its sparkle. Samantha (Kim Cattrall) is still very much single and quite fabulous yet she is undergoing menopause and needs a million pills to keep away the hot flushes. Charlotte (Kristin Davis) is still prim and proper and her perfectionist attitude is interfering with her motherhood duties. Then you have the every feisty Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) who suddenly decides to quit her job because of a difficult boss. An act I deem insensitive because there are many people losing their jobs during this recession.

Then they decide to take the insensitivity issue further by embarking on an Arabian adventure where they flaunt their aging bodies in designer clothes without respecting the cultural values of their host country. Tsk tsk. That really left a big taste in my mouth. Having lived in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates for 6 years and a place I've grown fond of I didn't exactly like the girls attitude and behavioral habits in their let's pretend Morocco is Abu Dhabi segments.

I always thought it was tolerable to watch 4 'mature' women yap about their lives in TV show. A short 30 minutes, at that. But then they decided to turn it into a full length film and I thought OK so let's see how far they can stretch the plot. They concentrated on Carrie's wedding or non wedding so it was fairly watchable. We all love wedding themed films, right? As for the sequel well I believe they simply ran out of ideas so they decide to throw in an Arabian adventure for good measure.

After I've exposed all the flaws of this sequel, I still like to say I liked the film! It had different layers. The main essence of the TV show wasn't completely lost amidst the decadence. It still had Carrie's voice overs (I'm a sucker for voice overs in films). It still focused on their lasting and enduring camaraderie. It had its funny moments (menopausal references were hilarious). Its tiny insights into married life were refreshing.

So if only for those essential details, I'd say the film all 2 and a half hours of it is worth watching.

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