June 4, 2008 > Movie Review: Sex and the City
Movie Review: Sex and the City
By Heidi Leung
Length: 145 Minutes
Movie Rating: R
Since the tearful moment when Sex and the City ended in 2004, its legions of fans have not been able to replace the void that it left behind. Even after its long absence, the memories we've shared with them, both happy and sad have never been forgotten. As a result, every Sex and the City fan has a fear that the film won't fulfill their expectations and they'll be left feeling disappointed, or worse yet, wanting more. Fortunately, the film is AMAZING.
The film is like a really good friend you haven't seen for ages, the kind that makes you feel as if nothing has changed. Taking place four years later, the movie practically starts exactly where the show left off. Carrie and Mr. Big are happy together again, Charlotte and Harry have adopted a Chinese baby, Samantha and Smith have moved to L.A to further his career, and Miranda and Steve are still living in Brooklyn. Everything is as the preview shows and though there are many bits that have been predicted and even expected, when it happens, it still takes one by surprise. What no one in the audience realizes until they watch this film is how attached they actually are to these women. The cast and crew have had six years to build their character development so as soon as the film starts it's as if the show never ended.
As cheesy as it may sound, this movie is an emotional rollercoaster. When it was over, practically everyone in the theater had puffy red eyes, but that's not to say that there weren't tears of joy mixed with the tears of sadness. Everything that happened to the characters had such a large impact - all the actors delivered their roles with so much conviction - that conversations heard after the movie included hopes that they would all be nominated for Oscar performances. The connection of all the relationships explored is undeniably realistic. Perhaps the actors knew it was their last chance to do these beloved characters justice; regardless of the reason why, every last person was brilliant.
It would not be fair to single out any one person because even the minor characters made such a large impact. However, it is necessary to mention, for those die-hards who were annoyed at the 'intrusion' of the fabulous four by Jennifer Hudson's character as Carrie's assistant, that she is actually rather necessary in this case, even slightly pleasant.
Aside from the wonderful acting performances, Michael Patrick King's script-writing skills should also be applauded. The movie is perfectly pitched with sad parts immediately relieved by comedy. There's not a dull moment and every little situation elicited a dramatic reaction. Of course, the other standing ovation has to be given to Sex and the City's stylist, Patricia Fields. It's no secret that clothes have been pivotal to the success of the show. This time around, it's only gotten better, with the exception of a few mistakes, but no one gets it right all the time.
The opening sequence is tacky, with all the horrible outfits shown during the preview. Large flowers pinned onto dresses are no longer acceptable and do not translate well, especially in gold and white. The wedding dress made by Vivienne Westwood is all wrong for Carrie, particularly because it is paired with red lipstick which is bad for her complexion, and a horrendous clashing electric blue feather in her hair. Considering the situation, it is probably intentional. However, even the harshest fashion critic will be impressed as the rest of the wardrobe includes a large range of designers from Jean Paul Gaultier, Givenchy, Christian Lacroix, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Alexander Wang. The real list is much longer and includes no name items paired with high-fashion that are characteristic of Patricia Field's styling. Shoes consist mostly of Manolo Blahnik and the lovely addition of Christian Louboutin.
Anyone who loves the show needs to see this film because it is the "end all, be all" to the show. It was so good that there does not need to be a sequel. Though everyone wishes it will never end, since it must, this is the best way it could have gone. With its ever optimistic message of love and friendship, the film lets its fans bid a very satisfactory farewell to the women with whom they've shared their Sunday nights for six years. It was worth every laugh and every tear.