Title: Sex And The City 2
Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon
Directed by: Michael Patrick King
Screenplay: Michael Patrick King
Released: 29 November 2010
Duration: 146 minutes
Format: Blu-ray and DVD
So how about another helping of Sex and the City? Is it a largely pointless exercise in TV-to-movie money making or does it progress the story? Well I enjoyed the TV series and I don’t mind watching the films… even though both times when I’ve gone to watch the films with my girlfriend I’ve been one of only a handful of men in the audience. Was Sex and the City a girl-only TV show? I doubt it, but I don’t think too many men would admit to enjoying it as much as women do. Most likely women just watch it at the cinema with their group of girlfriends and men aren’t invited. So here is their chance to watch it and catch up with the goings on of Carrie, (Sarah Jessica Parker) Sam, (Kim Cattrall) Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) … oh and Mr Big (Chris Noth), too of course.
I’ll tell you this much for starters Sex and the City 2 is a lot better than the first film for certain. The first film was in the same old movie-mould that we are forced to endure time and time again, Carrie and Mr Big are happy, then they decide to get married and this throws up lots of problems, the wedding gets called off (due to stupid Hollywood-contrivances) they then finally overcome the (none existent) problems and finally get married anyway. That was not really the way the TV show ever worked so the story for the film should not have been shoehorned into a silly movie-friendly-plot. Fortunately this mistake has been realised for the second film and it is all the more fun and audience friendly for it. The girls quite simply go off on a holiday, although of course it’s never that silly is it? Carrie meets Aidan and old feelings are re-ignited.
The whole cast are as good as ever, they are so comfortable in their roles, they perform perfectly. And unlike in some TV series where in later seasons, (such as Scrubs for example – fantastic for the first four or five seasons but increasingly poor as the seasons go on and on), the actors seem to slip into playing irritating caricatures of themselves, in Sex and the City the actors always remained well written and the actors always maintained a strong grip on who their characters were.
The direction and production values are both solid throughout without being too flashy; it retains the feel of the TV show but looks a little nicer with the increased budget. The locations and destinations for the girls are a little farther flung and exotic and it all shows up beautifully in HD on the Blu-ray edition, with sharp images and bright, natural colours.
Sex and the City 2 is available now to buy.