Movie Review: "Sex and the City"
Rating: R (strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language)
Length: 145 minutes
Release Date: May 30, 2008
Directed by: Michael Patrick King
Genre: Drama, comedy, and romance
Stars: 3 out of 5
In "Sex and the City," a sex and love writer in New York is getting ready to marry her dream man. Unfortunately, the wedding is not to be, as one of the writer's girlfriends unwittingly leads the finance to jilt her. The film is an adaptation of a HBO comedy show by the same name and is directed by Michael Patrick King.
"Sex and the City" picks up where the TV series left off. Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) is wandering through the streets of New York City reminiscing about the past events. Charlotte York (Kristin Davis) is living a happy life with her husband Harry Goldenblatt (Evan Handler) and their adopted child. Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) has settled with Steve Brady (David Eigenberg) in Brooklyn mainly because they have a mutual desire to raise their son together. Then there is Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall) whose desire to be near Smith Jerrod (Jason Lewis) made her relocate to Los Angeles. Jerrod is now a superstar, but Jones is missing her past life, and she regularly flies to be with her friends back East.
Bradshaw and her fiancé Mr. Big (Chris Noth) are planning to move in together and are busy shopping for an apartment. The idea of marriage creeps in then, and Bradshaw later inform her girlfriends about it. It is from this point that matters are changed forever.
The movie was highly anticipated, and it did not disappoint. It is comical, touching, and exasperating all at the same time. The storyline weaves through different sages, but there is always a devilish spark in the background to keep it alive. That the story includes a bit of everything has been cited by many people who say that "Sex and the City" gives a true reflection of how relationships play out in real life.
Making the transition from television to cinema is not always easy, but the creators of "Sex and the City" dealt with it beautifully. The filmmakers tried to bring the different storylines together, and they managed to bring the girls together on several occasions, even if they did not always succeed.
There are several funny scenes in the movie that provide comic relief. A good example is when Jones goes out and buys a rogue dog that seems to hump everything in sight. The four pretty friends are fun to be with, and the audience loves them even when they drive people crazy. The girls are real friends, and their gorgeousness is never in question.
Without a doubt, "Sex and the City" created its own little bubble world even when it was still restricted to TV. In this fantasy world, all a person needs to get though the rough patches of life-which are all too frequent-is true friends and colorful dresses. There are several scenes in which the characters share happy moments together, and there is also a scene that seems to show off a beautiful Louis Vuitton handbag and a Vivienne Westwood dress, presenting viewers with an interesting world in which to escape the harsh realities of life.
The "Sex and the City" movie is great, and there are occasional scenes in which the men are allowed to deliver real dialogue. Mostly, however, they just hang around. This may be because the film is primarily set up to show the lifestyles of the ladies-their relationships, emotions, and other important elements.
Apart from a few isolated shortcomings, the movie is as good as the show. It is rambling, superficial, lovable, and cunning. Perhaps this is due to the brilliance of its director, King, who received several Emmy nominations for writing the TV series "Murphy Brown." Those who have watched the series will definitely find the movie to be entertaining.