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Friday, June 11, 2010

[6.00/10] Sex and the City 2 (2010)


Sex and the City 2 (2010)

Anyone who is a longtime fan of the "Sex and the City" series would want to get a fix of time with the four women and their lives, and forgive even the lapses in quality of this movie. That being said, by movie standards, and by standards of people that are not fans, "Sex and the City 2" is almost shockingly inept. Badly-photographed, patchy storyline, contrived plot, corny moments, and unnecessarily shallow. But yet, I enjoyed it a lot! "Sex and the City 2" oscillated between some more serious issues and indulgent arrays of couture, luxury resorts, male eye candy, and snarky one-liners. The film was witty, interesting to a point and exuded lofty aspirations, as it tried to compact the lives of all four characters within the film utilizing omniscient narration, along with a voice over from Carrie. "Sex and the City 2", which is, by the way, an odyssey in length, is shot partly in New York (The New York sequences are perfect. After all, it's where the girls belong) and partly in Abu Dhabi, and provides the movie goers a free trip to the 'New Middle East'. And in our trip we get to see it all: oriental luxury, veiled women, tradition bound men, and a booming economy. The jaw-dropping luxurious hotel is as much a protagonist in this movie as the ladies are. Abu Dhabi was great, until Samantha's arrest. From that point on the plot felt convoluted and rushed. This, about half an hour from the end of the movie, however, didn't ruin the rest of the movie, which realistically deals with life after marriage, life after kids and even the tough reality of the workplace. As you expect, you'd get the sex humour from Samantha, who is funnier than ever. Carrie was a down fall - her character is very self absorbed and not that likable this time around. Charlotte was the innocent gal - adorable and sweet as always. Miranda is the most serious, but also the most charming and likable of all the girls. Overall, if you let the silly situations go and just try to enjoy the film, you'll find yourself laughing hard and having a good time. While "Sex and the City 2" has its flaws, it's highly enjoyable, beautiful to look at, and there are some really funny moments, as well as some touching ones.

  • My Rating: 6.00/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 17% (3.8/10)
  • IMDb: 3.7/10

6 comments:

Jaccstev said...

Well.. I have to accompanied my girl watching this in the cinema cause she just can't stop whining. And the only thing I do is sleeping and snoring, hence I totally don't have any review for this.

Nebular said...

It was 100% chick flick, I have to admit , but it was also hugely enjoyable! The jokes ranged from smart and witty to ridiculously silly, but I laughed so hard and had so much fun watching it, I forgave its flaws :)

DEZMOND said...

I wouldn't say it's only a chick flick. Sure, those girls are obsessed with fashion, shoes and men, but I found the wittiness and intelligent humour of their lines and dialogues very appealing to all urban young people of modern age regardless of their sex.
Most movie junkies have horrible prejudices about this movie and about the show, but most of them have never even seen any of the episodes. I'm always horrified with the amount of deep hate this movie provokes in many male movie bloggers and moviegoers.

DEZMOND said...

PS, Neb, whom did you watched it with? I feel SEX AND THE CITY should generally be watched with best friends.

Nebular said...

Dezz, it's obvious Sex and the City is very women-oriented and that's why guys hate it - they're just jealous and they think films like this underestimate them. Most regular guys just don't understand woman's nature, dreams and desires - they're afraid to admit it, and it drives them crazy, so it's much easier for them to say they hate something that they don't get and don't understand. They don't want to make any efforts to get below its surface, to read between the lines, to open their minds and enjoy it. And there is much to be enjoyed in Sex and the City! :)I've always thought this is kind of an excuse for most men and their hatred of Sex and the City.

This sequel, while funnier than the first movie, was much more shallow and vulgar. There were moments they've just crossed the line! The opening gay wedding sequence was overly extended and in fact, utterly annoying! Carrie has never been more unlikable - very selfish and self-absorbed. I wanted her to shut up and disappear and to led the other three girls to lead the movie. Well, unfortunately it didn't happen :)

P.S. Dezz, I watched it with my best friends and a bunch of enthusiastic girls :)

DEZMOND said...

I can imagine how the girls in the cinema were screaming and cheering throughout the movie :)

Carrie definitely is utterly self-absorbed, which is funny since it's a characteristic most women like to relate to men, while at the same time seeing Carrie as their own role-model and symbol.