Ohhhh Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda, I had no idea how much I missed you until I saw you again tonight. It’s been far too long.
After getting hooked on the Sex and the City series in the late 90′s and watching the syndicated version every other night on tv, I was shocked that I sooooo eagerly awaited the opening of the new movie. I am even more surprised at how much I enjoyed the chick flick after hearing those earlier lukewarm reviews. Although the movie was two and a half hours long…it flew by… as soon as it started it was over. The Sex in the City movie is pure nirvana…absolute heaven for those who have been fans of the series and a must see event for those who love love and value friendships.
As the movie opens, we receive a quick review of the past which many of us know so well. Next, the movie fast-forwards to the present, it’s been five years, what are the girls up to? Carrie and Mr. Big are still going strong in a relationship and have decided to get married. Samantha is living the high life in California as Smith’s manager. Miranda and Steve are having marital problems. And after raising their four year old adopted daughter, Charlotte and Harry find out they are pregnant. That’s all I am going to give you…no spoilers here. (But I will say that some of the rumors I heard about the plot DID NOT come to fruition, so there are some surprised to be had).
CLOTHES! SHOES! PURSES! APARTMENTS! Beauty thy name is Vera, Minolo, Vutton, and a penthouse in NY. The visuals were overwhelming and powerful, and will make you fall in love with the Big Apple all over again. Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon fell back into their familiar roles and and gave the high-quality performances to which we are accustomed. The plot and writing surpassed my expectations and the comedic timing was flawless (except for the blue thing on her head, I don’t think it was supposed to be funny — you’ll have to see the movie!). Jennifer Hudson also performed well in her second major motion picture and her character was an interesting complement to the storyline. Having watched the series lately on tv, I forgot how much sex was in Sex in the City, the movie quickly reminded me.
The post-opening hype is real! As I looked around the theatre filled to at least to 75% capacity (at 6:30 on a Monday evening, no less), the excitement was palpable. Groups of women of all ages, some couples, and gay men were thoroughly enjoying themselves. Seems the industry leaders were shocked by the impressive opening weekend with over $55 million dollars nationally and another $39 million overseas. There was an assumption that women, particularly in their mid to late 30′s and 40′s could only make SATC a modest hit. Who are these people in Hollywood? What were they thinking?
The only problem was at the end when one situation was wrapped up to quickly, probably in the interest of time (as stated before, the movie was 2 1/2 hrs long and I did not even notice!). Overall, is was a great event…a great SATC event. Grade: A-
Image source: NYTimes, Craig Blankenhorn/New Line Cinema.
If you need a SATC fix right now, here is the trailer: