Thursday, June 3, 2010
Sex and the City 2
This past Memorial Day while others may have been enjoying a scrumptious bbq or honoring those who gave all for freedom (and this daughter of a Vietnam Vet says a sincere thank you to all who have served!) or simply lounging by the pool, I was welcoming the unofficial start of summer in my own special way: going to Sex and the City 2. It has been two long years and I couldn't wait to couldn't wait for an update.
Sex and the City 2 starts off with a bang with the campy, sweet, and over-the-top wedding of singletons Stanford and Anthony! Despite taking snipes at each other at every opportunity through the years (Stanford once passed around a magazine that featured Anthony's call boy past), all the verbal zingers must have been covering a smoldering passion. Still Anthony is still Anthony -- he informs the guests that marriage notwithstanding he is allowed to cheat (in the 45 states where gay marriage is not legal). While Charlotte is appalled at Anthony's revelation Carrie responds that every couple is allowed to make up their own rules.
Couples and individuals making up their own rules is the theme of the movie. Big and Carrie have settled into "happily ever after," but neither is happy with the status quo. Charlotte has her 'perfect family" but it isn't perfect. Miranda has the prestige law partnership, but is miserable. And as for Samantha, she is fighting a battle with Father Time one hormone patch and cream at a time. The ladies discontent with their lives leads them to Abu Dhabi of all places (strange days indeed!).
Sex and the City 2 is strongest when it stays true to the characters in the small moments of the film. When Big picks up Carrie from her old apartment, she confesses that it is 1998 all over again and this goosbumped viewer couldn't have agreed more! In contrast, Carrie's reunion with a past love (who I won't mention here) failed to recapture the pair's previous luster. Also less desirable were the Abu Dhabi elements (apart from the comic relief of seeing Samantha try to vacation in an Islamic country which is hysterical!). In short, I think Sex and the City fans (like yours truly) will find much to enjoy, but this film will not win many new converts.
The girls of summer are back in town!