By FAITH HUFFMAN
News-Telegram News Editor
I wasn’t really sure what to expect from “Sex and The City 2.” I enjoyed the series, even if I came in a bit late. I also enjoyed the first movie, for the most part, often stopping to catch bits and pieces of it on reruns while channel surfing. But I just wasn’t sure about the second movie.
Sequels seldom live up to their hype. Trailers are designed to pique your interest. The advances for this movie did little to get me revving, not even the hint of a possible scenario between Carrie and Aidan, her former beau. And really, what hasn’t this quartet of New Yorkers done or experienced, or so I thought.
After watching SATC2, I admit to being pleasantly surprised. I found the film more engaging than the first, with witty repartee and antics so well done that even the guys with us snickered.
I wouldn’t have picked some of their outfits, but then, I have never claimed to be a fashionista — just an admirer of overpriced to-die-for stilettos that give you a nose bleed and achy arches thinking about how great they’d look on me. (Cute heels are one of my two truly girly girl weaknesses.)
This film addressed the girls’ addiction to fashion, how that plays out in different cultures and some women’s fixation on their age.
The script also dealt with Samantha’s hot flashes, lotions, potions and beauty creams and the manner in which menopause affects even the boldest woman’s appetites; Charlotte’s concerns for the bra-less nanny and the tribulations of motherhood; and Carrie’s fear she and John — I have to mentally pause before typing, as he’ll forever be “Big” in my head — won’t be enough, which leads to rash reactions following harsh criticism of her printed take on marriage.
I think the writers were spot on as to the many perils and concerns women face as they begin maturing.
I think Miranda got the short end of the stick. The film briefly touches on her struggle in a tense work environment, where she is silenced by a loud-mouth new partner. The writers also cover the misery of how she can’t be there for her son’s activities. She has a few humorous moments, letting her hair down, and she’s there to draw Charlotte out of her mommy woes, but Miranda is so much more than a supporting character and needs more to do.
Charlotte’s concerns regarding the nanny also were glossed, over to a degree and don’t really reach a satisfying conclusion.
But, overall, die hard fans of the series need to make a date with their gal pals to see the second film at the theater. Heck, it’d even be a fun romp for those only tepidly interested in the series, or just a bunch of mature girls ready for a laugh.
By CINDY ROLLER
News-Telegram Sports Writer
I went into the movie theatre last Thursday night wearing my strappy heels, ticket in hand to what I was hoping to be one of my new favorite movies, “Sex and the City 2.”
While the movie was entertaining, I was hoping for more “sparkle,” as Sarah Jessica Parker’s character Carrie put it. I would give it a three out of five star rating.
I now wish I hadn’t seen all the previews for the movie because so many of the main turning points are already revealed.
Writers provided a good story line for the sequel to the 2008 debut, providing many touching and humorous scenes that worked well with the timeline of the fabulous four, Carrie Bradshaw Preston, Samantha Jones, Charlotte York Goldenblatt and Miranda Hobbes.
The scene I related to most was with Charlotte (Kristen Davis) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) drinking and venting about their lives as mothers. Miranda finally broke the tension for Charlotte, allowing them to enjoy their time being completely pampered in Abu Dhabi.
While in the Arabian desert, Carrie runs into her former lover, Aidan (John Corbett). The chemistry between them was so hot it came right off the screen.
After two years of marriage, my favorite character, Carrie, has become a bit too settled in her life as Mrs. John Jay Preston. My second-favorite character to Carrie, Chris Noth, or “Big” as we came to know him in the HBO series, played his part perfectly flawless. His couch potato-like personality, desire to stay in and avoid socializing and choice of gifts really struck a chord with my current life.
The relationships of the “soulmates for life” foursome and their husbands, children and other characters really brought the movie into the present time, while the fashion flashbacks gave the film the laughs the audience needed.
Everyone’s married, except Samantha (Kim Cattrall), who is now 52, and trying to keep her libido alive while dealing with menopause in the desert without all of her potions, creams and pills. Samantha gives so much to the story, although something seems different about her since her first “Sex and the City” movie. Maybe it’s a new nose? I can’t be sure, but something sure is different about the way she looks.
Cattrall’s character keeps the “sex” in the title, which explains the movie’s “R” rating. Her antics gave each scene a humorous flow in line with the character she has played to perfection for so many years.
Overall, true fans of SATC need to see this movie, especially with talks of a third. However, don’t go alone. This movie is one that needs to be seen with fabulous friends – of both sexes.
By TERRY MATHEWS
News-Telegram Arts Editor
I liked it. I really liked it.
After all the hype and bad reviews surrounding “Sex and the City 2,” I was prepared for the worst.
What I got was a great two-and-a-half hour romp with four of my favorite fictional characters as they grapple with life after love, marrige and children.
I fell in love with Carrie Bradshaw, Miranda Hobbes, Samantha Jones and Charlotte York while they were enjoying a great Sunday night run on HBO. I enjoyed the series for years in reruns. It was fun watching the girls “grow up” in New York City, falling in and out of love and keeping their friendship strong through good times and bad.
I’ll confess that for a long time, I was always a “Team Aidan” girl, preferring his honest, open-hearted character to Carrie’s “Big” love. After the first movie, however, I realized Carrie would have never been happy with Aidan. She’s a city girl through and through, so I was happy she and “Big” (John Jay Preston) finally tied the knot.
SATC2 catches up with the fab foursome two years down the road.
The Prestons are a bit too settled into married life to suit Carrie.
Charlotte has a screaming toddler and an active pre-schooler who are driving her nuts.
Miranda is dying under the stfiling presence of a senior partner in her lawfirm.
Samantha, ever the party girl, meets a middle Eastern shiek at a movie premiere and gets invited to a first-class trip to Abu Dabi for all four friends. She needs the diversion, as she’s been hit with the sobering effect menopause is having on her infamous libido.
And, unless you’ve been living in a cave without television, there is the encounter with Aidan in the Abu Dabi spice market, complete with perfect lighting, a couture outfit and even some slow motion thrown in for drama.
Questions arise. Will Carrie cave to Aidan’s charm? Will she exact revenge on “Big” for breaking her heart dozens of times? How can Aidan still look that good after all these years?
Critics and fans have slammed the sequel, but I enjoyed it for what it was – a fun-filled afternoon with great fashion, some hysterical one-liners and a peek into some of the most beautifully decorated spaces in the Big Apple.
If you liked the series and the first movie, SATC2 will probably not be a huge disappoinment. If it is, well, then, don’t make plans to see SATC3, which will probably find Samantha on the prowl at an assisted living center; Miranda coping with her teenage son’s raging hormones; Charlotte dealing with the care and clothing of two uptown ‘tween-aged girls; and Carrie realizing she can’t wear short skirts and stilettos after 60.
‘Sex and the City 2’: A guy’s perspective
By LUIS NOBLE
“Sex and the City 2” is not a movie for men. Guys, this is exactly why your girlfriend or spouse will drag you to the theater to watch it. Ladies, I watched your highly-anticipated film to make sure your men are adequately prepared.
The three things that will make women who see this movie swoon will be the fashion, the romance and the female solidarity; the same three things that make most men roll their eyes – or flee the theater. As you may know, the story revolves around the exploits of New York City writer Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), now Preston, and her three best friends: aging public relations minx Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), no-nonsense lawyer Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) and Upper East Side mom Charlotte York-Goldenblatt (Kristen Davis).
The ladies deal with a new set of problems in this installment. Where before they tackled NYC with wild tales of professional single women, they now are faced with being married in the city and, for two of them, having children. This excludes of course the raucous Samantha, whose debauched life lands the four on a decadent and hilarious trip to Abu Dhabi in the Middle East.
The locations and sets for the film are phenomenal – breathtaking shots of Abu Dhabi and New York permeate the film, perfectly matched by the copious amounts of designer-wear the leads don. And there are laughs to be had; most of them eminating from Samantha’s comedic in-your-face sexuality in a buttoned-up culture and, to a lesser degree, the two big problems in Charlotte’s home - and I do not mean her two children. Racy, hilarious and beautiful, the film is certainly an enjoyable farce.
But for all its lavish sets and over-the-top humor, the film’s pace gets bogged down by drama and uneven themes. The problem with this is that the conflict should drive the story, not slow down the pacing. Carrie’s drama begins when she runs into ex-lover Aidan (John Corbett) in the Abu Dhabi market (about an hour into the film), and accepts a dinner date with him even though she has been married to her TV series-long love Mr. Big for two years. Where this should have been saucy, compelling and outright passionate, it really was just boring. I yawned through the scenes where Carrie debated whether or not to see Aidan, her date and its aftermath. This is in no way John Corbett’s fault, though. The chemistry between Parker and Corbett was spot-on – the plot just wasn’t incredibly interesting. It just seemed to be bad scripting.
Ladies, this is a movie for a night out with the girls. Don’t subject your man to something you know he will not enjoy. If you really want to take him to to the movies, consider “Prince of Persia.” Guys, if your lady doesn’t heed the warning, just take the film for what it is – a funny, fluff popcorn movie. And if it is any consolation, the leads are not rough on the eyes.
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