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One for the fans
Sex and the City: The Movie (DVD)
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Sex and the City: The Movie (DVD)
Advantages: true to the show, a nice follow on update to the characters, but also has its own plot.
Disadvantages: I think you get more out of this one if you have watched the TV show
I never really got into watching Sex and The City when it was on telly, and it was only when I house sat for my parents once when they were on holiday, and my sister left me her box sets to watch, that I kind of got what the whole series was about. The film for me was something that I had no burning desire to queue up and see when it came out in the cinema back in 2008, but I added it to my lovefilm list, and it appeared a couple of months back to watch.
This was a film I watched on my own, as my husband just refused to watch it. It is definitely a really girly film, and one for fans of the TV series. While the plot would hardly be described as difficult to pick up, it was better for having some knowledge of the relationships between the characters and the interactions they shared over many years of the show. However, it would be watchable with no knowledge, it just might take a little while to work out what is going on.
The plot is really a continuation of what the series was about but just a few years into the future, with the theme being relationships between men and women, and friendship in any circumstance. There was still the high fashion that made the original show such a success, alongside the New York skyline.
The 4 main characters are 4 women who have been friends for almost forever, and it follows the events that happen as the main character is planning her wedding.
The main character, Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), is still writing for a newspaper, and still in a relationship with Mr Big, played by Chris Noth. Mr Big has been Carrie's love interest on and off throughout the TV series, and here we see the couple firstly move in together, and then decide to get married, at which point Carrie becomes a bit of a Bridezilla trying to create the perfect fashionable New York High Society wedding.
Her friends are all living the life they could only dream of, but they are not necessarily happy. Samantha (Kim Cattrall) is now living in LA with her younger partner, Smith. In the series, Samantha was always a bit promiscuous, but when she got breast cancer, Smith stood by her, so now she is living a life of domesticity supporting his film career. However, the LA life is not all she was expecting and is making her miserable, and she uses Carrie's dramas as a way to escape her own life by hopping on a plane to New York whenever she can.
Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) is married to her husband Steve, and finding it hard to balance work with raising a family and having a proper family relationship. Her rock solid relationship is on the edge after an infidelity, and this bitters Miranda's view on marriage, and has some effect on the thoughts of Carrie and Mr Big.
Charlotte is still blissfully happy married to her soulmate Harry Goldenblatt. They are overjoyed with their adoptive daughter, Lily, whose 3 year old presence adds some humour to the infamous sex talks that the girls have when they get together, having to speak in codes to avoid her repeating their chatter.
The element of 'will they or won't they' that propelled each episode of the TV show is there in abundance here. Will Carrie and Big actually manage to make it down the aisle? Will Samantha stay miserable out of a sense of loyalty to stay with Smith? Will Miranda and Steve have any luck at working through their problems?
I found that this film for me was a good mix of drama and comedy, most of the comedy coming from my knowledge of how the characters behave in certain situations. I found I could have cried alongside them at certain scenes, and I had fits of nostalgia at some scenes, for example when Carrie is moving out of her appartment, she has to declutter, and she has a little fashion show for the girls modelling some of her outfits worn throughout the show.
I really liked the character of Louise, Carrie's personal assistant that she hires to sort her life out. She is played by Jennifer Hudson, who is another very talented and attractive actress, and she fit well with the original cast as a sounding board for Carrie when she is going through her traumas. Her relative youth compared to the main cast provides a breath of fresh air.
The fashion is fantastic as always, from the fashion show the girls attend together, to the wonderful fashion shoot Carrie does in designer bridal wear for a magazine. The Vivienne Westwood wedding dress was so stunning. Sarah Jessica Parker is sometimes a bit too masculine looking for my liking with her lean boyish figure and prominent nose, but she looked amazing in this outfit.
The soundtrack was also a bit of a girl fest, with tracks like Duffy's Mercy, The Look of Love by Nina Simone, Endless Love by Lionel Ritchie and Dianna Ross, mixed with more up tempo tracks like Run DMC's Walk This Way while Carrie puts on her impromptu fashion show. It could have been a bit cheesy, but overall worked well.
I found myself really enjoying this film a lot more than I expected I would. I am glad that I waited a bit longer to watch it, as I found myself feeling really nostalgic and this definitely aided my enjoyment. It is the sort of film you can watch alone or in a gaggle of girls, and I kind of wish I had watched it with my sister so we could have had a bit of a reminis afterwards.
I'm pretty sure that not everyone will like and appreciate this film, but I found it a good dose of bubblegum and a good pick me up.
Summary: Now we know what happened at the end of the TV show, and its almost like it never ended.