Sex and the City 2
Two years have passed since Carrie Bradshaw finally bagged John “Mr. Big” Preston, the man she was always meant to be with. Just as her friend Charlotte must deal with her young daughter’s “terrible two’s”, Carrie must deal with her relationship taking a turn for the worse – Big likes to watch old black-and-white movies on TV and eat take-out food, which prevents Carrie from feeling like the free-wheeling party girl she used to be. Meanwhile, Miranda copes with a new boss that can’t handle an intelligent, powerful woman, and Samantha works a public relations angle that gets the fashionable foursome an all-expense-paid trip to Abu Dhabi.
Sex and the City 2 is going to open against Prince of Persia: The Sand of Time, and Sex and the City 2 could just as easily be called The Sand of Time. It takes place in Abu Dhabi (really Morocco, but who’s to know), where there’s sand, and time has not treated the girls particularly well, even with the obvious plastic surgeries. I’m not sure why this movie was made. It’s two and a half hours long. I suppose if you’re a real fan and really miss the girls, then this may be fun for you. But I thought that there were about three good ideas in it. For a two and a half-hour movie, that’s just not quite enough. The idea is that two of the women are having a hard time with her kids, one is having a hard time with her marriage, one is having a hard time at work, and Samantha is not having a hard time with anybody, or nobody is giving her a hard time. Get it? Snicker snicker. So, she ends up hooking up with an old boyfriend who has made a movie that takes place in the desert and the sheik comes to talk with her about maybe promoting his hotel and gives everybody a free trip to the desert. And we have all these adventures. The clothes; I always thought the clothes in Sex and the City were kind of fun. These are just uncomfortable, unpleasant, out of place. I felt it’s kind of a cheat of a movie in that on the one hand it seems to embrace sisterhood being powerful, and the other, making fun of other people’s customs and religions and flaunting their customs. It was an uncomfortable movie for me on a bunch of levels. One such moment was when they check into this lavish hotel and each of them are given very expensive cars with drivers. So, instead of them being together and being tourists together and enjoying their experience, they’re all isolated. That to me was the whole movie. Showing off something that I didn’t quite understand and quite get. If you love the girls, you’ll probably think that this is a three movie. If you don’t, you probably won’t go. It’s certainly sentimental in some places and event though the ending is absolutely predictable, it will make you smile, but every bit of it is predictable. I just didn’t quite see the point of the movie, to be quite honest. And I think it’s hard to age gracefully in our society and this is a movie that doesn’t. Two stars.