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June 1, 2010 > Movie Review: Sex and the City 2

Movie Review: Sex and the City 2

By Heidi Leung

The trailer for Sex and the City 2 proved to be an exciting reunion. There was the fashion, the laughter, Mr. Big, even a hint of Aidan, but most importantly there was the friendship that causes every girl to hold hands and go skipping into the theater together for the opening night as if it were a ceremonial event. Unfortunately, the film itself does not deliver as much satisfaction as the trailer.

Sex and the City 2 fast forwards the audience another two years into the girls' lives: Carrie tackles the married life, Charlotte and Harry now have two children to take care of, Samantha is essentially trying to trick her body out of menopause, and Miranda, feeling unappreciated and victimized, quits her job. Each individual situation had the potential to expand into a great plot but the film falls a little flat. Unlike the previous film's heavy plotline, the second film's purpose is geared more toward satiating curiosity. Essentially, all it does is give you a lot of funny scenes, Samantha's crude exaggeration times ten, gratuitous shoe shots and a real finish to the series.

Everything is much happier this time around; the drama is minimal and the situations in their everyday lives more relatable with the exception of the ridiculous fiasco they experience in Abu Dabi. That in itself was something the film could have improved upon. The lack of New York City as a central base and even as a character was a real disappointment. Carrie's apartment, once a central focus has lost its charm. She would never buy stock wall dˇcor and paint her apartment an obnoxious blue. What's even more disappointing is her joint house with Mr. Big. The sparse interiors are cold and rigid, echoing an Ikea showroom. The saving grace is the gorgeous dream closet, the only part of the house that is reminiscent of Carrie Bradshaw and not Carrie Preston.

The trademark fashion of Sex and the City has its ups and downs in this film. Patricia Field was smart to try and tug on heartstrings with iconic outfits from groundbreaking episodes of the show but Carrie should evolve with time as fashion does. Also, because the film's budget is larger than that of the show, one would expect the fashion to become even more extravagant; instead, the outfits are repeats of other memorable outfits and turn the characters into caricatures of themselves. Though the girls are in a different place, in this case, Abu Dhabi where Roberto Cavalli is certainly more appropriate than Givenchy Couture (when Carrie went to Paris), there was hope that they would think of something less obvious than what was used.

There's a lot more to this film than the short bits critiqued. A true Sex and the City fan would go watch it regardless of the reviews. Though there are things that could definitely have been better, there are equal parts good things to be enjoyed. In particular a grand wedding that features Liza Minelli and her rendition of Beyonce's Single Ladies. The film is a good tie-up to everything that's happened so far and gives fans a satisfactory ending to the series that no one ever wanted to end.

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