Rating: 2.5 out of 5
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This may be a little embarrassing to admit in print but I’m a guy and yes, I liked Sex and the City the series. As much as The Sopranos set the HBO benchmark in terms of how to write complex male characters, Sex and the City was its oestrogen-infused equivalent. The show was whip smart, defied labels and cutting edge for its time.
I feel that I need to establish the abovementioned facts just so that when I tell you that I dislike the Sex and the City films, you know it’s not coming from a place of ignorance or prejudice. This isn’t a guy reaction to a chick flick.
Much like The Simpsons or The X-Files, Sex and the City lost a lot of its spark in its transition to the big screen. I can tell you though that the second instalment in Carrie’s cinematic adventures is a huge improvement upon the first. That’s not that much of a compliment I’m afraid.
Sex and the City 2 carries a lot of the same flaws as the first movie, the most noticeable being its terrible pacing. Running at a behemoth 146 minutes, one would expect writer/director Michael Patrick King to have content worth that time. Instead the ingredients present are barely sufficient for a 30 minute episode, let alone a two hour plus film.
The first hour could have been entirely cut out and you wouldn’t have missed anything. The opening gay wedding sequences lasts for an eternity turns out to be inconsequential to the story. It was a five minute gag that ran for twenty-five minutes.
The narrative itself is fairly extraneous. The girls feel so burdened by their mundane NYC existence (seriously?) that they feel the need to go on holiday to a place that’s even more decadently rich, Abu Dhabi. Because you know, living life like a never-ending episode of MTV Cribs is just so gosh darned oppressive.
Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), disillusioned with her marriage to Big (Chris Noth), bumps into old flame Aidan (John Corbett) in the Middle East. Meanwhile, Samantha (Kim Cattrall) is well, Samantha, except the conservative Arab state isn’t exactly the best venue for her hedonism. Charlotte (Kristin Davis) spends the whole time worried her husband might cheat with their well-endowed nanny and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) is just psyched to be on vacation.
Random events involving overt materialism happen and hijinks ensue. The movie does gain a sense of momentum in its final hour but it’s too little too late. I don’t mind meandering narratives if the there was actual character study in there somewhere - this is just an unremitting exercise in gratuitous product placement.
It’s sad because I know Sex and the City can be much smarter, much funnier and much more insightful. When did Sex and the City become extended female version of Entourage instead?
About Hidzir Junaini
Hidzir Junaini, aka inSing.com's Movie Lover, is 23-years-old and a wealthy playboy billionaire by day and a caped crusader by night. Only one of those is true. He’s actually a freelance writer, blogger, full-time film buff and some-time socially awkward nerd. He also writes about music, restaurants and nightlife for Metrowize Asia.
Hidzir is the winner of the inaugural inSing Movie Lover contest that garnered over 1,000 participants. The Movie Lover contest is a search for a candidate who possesses outstanding passion for movies and a talent for writing engaging movie reviews.
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