Sex and the City Reviews
In the good, I classify the moments that made me think, and in the series' early years, I thought a lot. But as the series wound down its sixth and final season, it had changed. It had gone from the story of four relationship anti-heroes to a soap opera. Charlotte ran out of storyline after Season 3, when she left Trey and married Harry. The will-they-or-won't-they Carrie-and-Big story wore out well before the series ended. Even sexaholic Samantha settled down in the end, surviving a brush with breast cancer and moving in with her boy toy. The only storyline that was still compelling, in the end, was Miranda and Steve, in my opinion, because it was the most honest. It kind of stole the series away from now-Executive Producer Carrie Bradshaw... I mean, Sarah Jessica Parker...
So, what's left in the movie? Obviously, wedding bells for Carrie and Big. Charlotte and Harry have given up on conceiving, but there might be a surprise in the works; Steve breaches Miranda's trust and puts their marriage on the rocks; and Samantha is exiled to California with her lover Smith Jerrod, whose acting career is taking off.
Other than the Miranda-and-Steve storyline, the film gives fans more of the same sap from the final seasons, with none of the spunk the early episodes provided. At a butt-numbing two-and-a-half hours long, you'd expect more than Charlotte's dilemma of whether or not to run while she's pregnant... or yet another commitment-phobic Carrie and Big meltdown... or several minutes of shrieking hellos each of the many times Samantha returns to New York...
Broken into half-hours, you could consider the film a short-season story arc, like five bonus episodes; as a feature film, however, it's hard to get through in one sitting. It effectively closes the loop on the story that came to dominate the series, but with that focus, the richness of the gals' contrasting sex lives is completely lost.
Then again, as one mega-fan interviewed before the premiere of the reportedly worse second SatC film put it, "Of course I'm happy. I get to see all my friends again!" My girlfriend maintains that films like this shouldn't even be reviiewed, because they aren't meant to be treated as equals. They're cash-ins for the fans to get excited about, and watch communally, critics be damned. To a point, I agree... but if you're paying the same price to see this as you would any other movie, it should be as good as what you would've spent the money on instead. It's not. A shorter, less-indulgent film would've been better, but Sex and the City wasn't talking to the average moviegoer. This film is strictly for the fans.
i'm a 27-year-old, if i give up the lifestyle in my cozy hometown and make it to new york...i would be looking for MONEY! not love.
and if my husband-to-be suddenly chickens out before the wedding but regrets immediately and still wants to marry me when he sees the sight of me before the ceremony, i'd still marry him...imagine all those people get arround in a big place, all those invitations, and your parents, friends and relatives..hundreds of people make ways to join your ceremony..what a scene!...what a responsibility....and the traumatic embarrassments you have to deal with afterwards...how could anyone just decide not to get married in a circumstance like that? it's remained incomprehesible to me. if the man is really not the one, i'll probably divorce him...at least, half one year later..or make it a year. so it's much less attention-grappling....even i would think of practical things like that. why not a socialite in matured age? and the man in this case is a middle-aged businessman, how come he would suffer from frights like a high-school boy who just learns his girlfriend gets pregnant? it puzzles me.
and also, i was surprised about carrie's reading choices...she's a writer, ok, a columnist, how could you be if you didn't even read "wuthering heights" in high-school or college? isn't it a bit too late for you to start it off when you're, let's say, 38? and you're a "professional" writer? she talks about that book like an adolescent girl who yearns for love...with all those phenomenal affairs you have had for at least 20 years, haven't you learned to grow just a little bit? i truly cannot truly believe anyone in that age could still operate like that... i always pay attention to what people read because it's an indication of your inward sophistication which cannot be fooled by the clothes you wear or the cosmetics you put on your face.
i suppose, i have less to bitch about it than its sequel. yeah, they're irrealistic, at least, the clothes look really nice, particularly the wedding dresses. this one is just narcissistic, but at least, not that obnoxiously narcissistic. (there's still a difference!)
even personally, i never believe in sisterhood, and my experices of life tell me that women are all mean to each other. friends to me are usually the ones who laugh when you fall down on ground, those who rejoice at your misfortune...(perhaps just my part of life...maybe i just have had it much rougher than those who praise sisterhood) you just live with all those craps then carry on alone to struggle for survival. (spiritual survival)..
i guess this movie tries to be a love-song for new-york, its cosmopolitan image with multiculturalism and sexual emancipation...it has good-intention even it's still inevitably counterfeit..i suppose the reason why its sequel sucks because it carries away from new-york landscape. how could sex and the city be sex and the city without new york? even that new york they praise is merely a phony utopia which celebrates egoism, consummerism and promiscuity.
A New York writer on sex and love is finally getting married to her Mr. Big. But her three best girlfriends must console her after one of them inadvertently leads Mr. Big to jilt her.
It's not easy to turn a series into a film, as there is so little screen time in a film to fit everything in. "Sex and the City" suffers from the exact same syndrome, that it develops too many side stories, making the subplots more of a distraction. It's like having four romantic comedies crammed into one film. In addition, "Sex and the City" is far too long. It could have been much shorter and still be sexy, fun and fluffy. If they could have just concentrated on Carrie Bradshaw's romance, the film would have been even more enjoyable. Or maybe have four "Sex and the City" films and concentrate on one of the ladies in each film. That would have been more entertaining, and a sure cash cow for the studio.
With that out of the way, I must say-I kind of enjoyed the episodes I saw and the movie, too. Sex jokes are always good in my book (most fo the time), but aside from that, I enjoyed the general wit and humor of things. I was not totally proven wrong in my perceptions, but I wasn't totally right either. No, I have not totally changed my ways, and have not bee nwon over. I'm not totally against this kind of thing now however. Given my limited knowledge of the show, I couldn't tell you how good the movie was in comparison, but I guess that's a minor point. The fact of the matter is that I liked what I saw (mostly), and that it wasn't THAT bad of a thing to get through.
So yeah, despite my rambling, I guess you should take away from this review that this movie is not totally limted to chicks and homosexuals (sorry I can't find a better way to word that), but it's not totally amazing either. I can see why the show was so popular though, despite the fact that it's all basically fantasy and hardly at all realistic.
Certainly there were some bloated scenes - the overlong mosaics that were vehicles for the music tracks (now available on CD and IPod!!!!), and the fulcrum of the film rested on a pretty iffy premise (Big gets cold feet, and not wanting to screw things up between he and Carrie yet again, does just that).
There is also a certain level of vulgarity, but that was always part and parcel of the series (those girls kept no secrets, and no topic was verbotten - including the episodes with Sonja Braga where Samantha experiences a clitoral ejaculation) - so the poopy pants running joke did not offend me.
In the end, there is enough crisp writing and the acting is passable (hard to say if the acting was truly good, or if the pre-baggage of the series made it all run so easy) - so, as others have said, " if you liked the series..."