Being a huge fan of the Sex and the City series, I was thrilled when they decided to film the first movie. When the original came out in 2008 I have to say I was a bit disappointed with the film. It was nice to see the gals, but I was disappointed how the story played out.
When news of the second movie started hitting the web, and story lines and photos designed to throw the fans off the scent of the true story were released, I began to be intrigued…had they come up with something that would pique my interest?
I watched the first trailer and knew I would see it, but was still uncertain about whether it would be in theaters or on DVD. I saw the second trailer and knew I would be at my local cinema within the first two weeks! It only took the hint of Aiden entering the picture to seal the deal for me.
Love triangles are alluring and seductive. I had to see how the impact of seeing Aiden would affect the marriage of Big and Carrie. It was a fascinating dynamic to watch during the show, and it seemed to me that this was going to be a crucial fork in the road for Ms. Bradshaw.
So on a boiling hot day while visiting the nation’s capitol last weekend, I sat in the air-conditioned luxury of a gorgeous brick theater in Georgetown (I had to be luxurious, right?) with my husband who had seen neither the series nor the first movie (I know, amazing!) I anxiously awaited the start of the film that would reunite me with my virtual gal pals. I was not disappointed!
To me, the writing for this film was closer to what it was in the series than the first film. There was focus on the girls, and except for the Carrie-Big-Aiden triangle, the focus stayed on them as women, without pulling in relationships too much. Of course it would not be Sex and the City without sex and men, but they were a secondary character.
Each of the ladies’ story lines had something interesting about them and I enjoyed immersing myself into the lives of Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte once again. To me, it was a sort of reunion, a throwback to the days when they were sitting around eating brunch at the Sunday dinette. I had really missed them, and there they were again.
The clothing was fabulous, sometimes over-the-top, also to be expected, but absolutely stunning none-the-less. The girls were beautiful as well, although I felt that Carrie and Miranda had way too much make-up on and could have got a way with a more natural look, which is what Samantha and Charlotte had. Samantha had the absolute best one-liners, Carrie’s were good too, but some seemed a little forced. Again, the writing was good.
The scenery in Abu Dhabi (actually filmed in Morocco) where most of the film took place, was beautiful and such a fanciful locations for the girls. It was hilarious to see how the girls dealt with the restrictive Arabic culture, with some wins and some losses. They get themselves into a little bit of trouble, nothing unusual there, and it adds to the humor of the movie.
One of my favorite scenes was towards the end when the ladies are in a spice market and Samantha’s purse is knocked out of her hands spilling the contents every where, including a ton of condoms, it’s Samantha’s purse after all, and she picks them up and screams at the gawking men as she shakes condoms at them, “yes, I have sex. Yes, I have sex!” Classic Samantha and hilarious.
I loved the ending as well. I am a Mr. Big fan and he did not disappoint. I won’t give the ending away, but felt it was perfect. Will there be a Sex and the City 3? I don’t know, but if they do make it, and the writing is as good as Sex and the City 2, I’ll be there to see it!
Photos by Craig Blankenhorn – © MMIX New Line Productions, Inc