Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Bags of fun - designer bags of designer fun, that is.

I had the pleasure of seeing the second Sex and The City movie this afternoon, a few days before its general release. I won't lie - I wasn't expecting much, which turned out to be a good thing. Ah sure its grand as a really long (like, really long) ep of Sex and the City, but films are expected to have more of a plot. I gave up on storyline redemption after Carrie ran into Aidan, of all people, in Abu Dhabi, of all places - goodness me, what a lucky coincidence! He was there buying a carpet, as you do, and she was on a random all expenses paid holiday, as one so often frequents. Anyway, here's my little review. I still hold a flame for the tv series, so I tried my hardest to be nice ... but I'm a feckin bitch  not a nice person too honest so I'm not sure how well that went.



Picking up two years after the first film, Carrie steps back into the Manolos to show us what life married to Big is like, and along the way we see Charlotte struggle with motherhood, Miranda attempting to find balance between her work life and home life, and Samantha determined to defy biology and defeat the menopause. This forms the basis for a rather weak plotline; it feels rather more like an extended (much too extended, clocking in at two hours and twenty six minutes) episode of the television series, albeit with notably more outfits. Perhaps this is why Michael Patrick King decided to shake things up a little and move Carrie and co to Abu Dhabi.

This move was a peculiar decision, as New York herself was almost like a fifth member of the quartet throughout the series. Unfortunately, the cultural difference between traditional Muslims and, er, Samantha, was rather like treading delicately on expensive Tiffany watches. Flocks of Westerners holiday in the United Arab Emirates each year, but while places like Dubai have become popular for their rapidly modernising cities and sun drenched beaches, this makes it easy to forget that public displays of affection are still heavily frowned upon, if not banned in some parts. Thus Samantha’s man eating ways are not only not accepted in Abu Dhabi, but they are illegal; yet rather than adhere to Muslim tradition while visiting another culture, she flouts etiquette and flings condoms around instead. Should we be supportive of her stance for supposedly suppressed women’s rights? Or embarrassed that she waltzed into Abu Dhabi and blatantly disrespected Muslim culture and custom? Or just too distracted by the stream of designer outfits to notice? Speaking of which, a group of fully robed Muslim women then invite Carrie and co behind a beaded curtain, where they whip off their niqabs to reveal glamorous designer outfits worthy of Carrie’s closet; is this what women’s liberation is? Western fashion?

In fact, never mind the ‘are they/aren’t they ridiculing Muslims’ aspect, the frolicking Irish nanny that evokes a barrage of rainbow sprinkled, tin whistle twinkly music every time she bounces (literally ... you’ll see) onto the screen drew far more wearisome moans. Oh, and let’s not forget a gay wedding that, while visually beautiful, cranked out every gay stereotype in existence. In fact, there are few genuinely realistic moments; one was a very touching conversation between Charlotte and Miranda about the struggles of motherhood, and the fear of being an inadequate parent, reminding us what made the television series so great – the friendship.

It’s certainly not going to win any Oscars, but at the end of the day if you take it for what it is – two and something hours of escapism and over the top fun – you’ll contentedly munch your popcorn and remind yourself that realistically, nobody lives as lavishly as these ladies, so there’s no need to despondently ask God why you weren’t chosen to be given a walk in closet stocked with goodies more expensive than most people’s houses. Liza Minnelli also deserves an honourable mention, even if it’s just for doing a cracking good dance routine at her age.

7 comments:

  1. Lots of people are saying it was better than the first one....I haven't actually seen the first one....

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  2. There was a lot less fashion name dropping than the first one, but a lot less plot line aswell. It will turn over a profit again because of what it is, like I know several people who have read awful reviews and aren't expecting much but are dying to see it anyway. I mean, it was enjoyable ... but neither films hold a tap on the TV series ... can't beat it ;-)

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  3. Hmm I've heard some negative things about the Muslim aspect... nothing about the Irish nanny though?

    Does anything even progress? Like, has anything changed/been accomplished from the beginning of the film to the end?!

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  4. I saw this a few days ago but only read it now after seeing the film and having my own little rant :-) lots of similar feelings!

    Sure it is what it is, def no better than the first attempt though and obviously the sharp wit of the series has never made it to the big screen. Even with all the ridiculous shopping and sexual escapades, I always thought that the show was popular because girls and women could really relate to the characters; that seems to have been lost too.

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  5. @Liz, no nothing really changes... Carrie decides its OK to stop whinging and just let her husband adore her once in a while, but that's about it really!

    @girlwithoutaplan, I fully agree about relating to the characters. The fashion was, no doubt, a popular aspect of the show, but it never dominated; the friendships were what made it such a hit - that these girls were 'just like us'. They're definitely not like anyone now, nobody lives like that!

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  6. Loved your review!

    It's actually freaky how similar it is to my review. Weirded me out actually. In a good "wow that girl hit the nail on the head" kinda way.

    Lovin' your voice. :)

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