Sunday, November 23, 2008
Sex and the City, The Movie
Alright, I finally saw the movie. Being a Sex and the City fan from its HBO television days, I was nervous to actually commit myself to watching the movie. But, I felt I almost had to as a fan since I am so familiar with the storyline. I wanted to see what direction they took the characters I was so familiar with, and let me tell you, I have some mixed feelings on it.
First of all, I wonder why they did the movie. I thought that they ended the series very well. Every character was in a great spot in their lives; everything was happy. I felt awkward to go watch the movie because this meant, like all movies, that a new conflict would mount and would need to be resolved in each character. I didn't know if I wanted to see them go through yet another conflict after all the ones in the TV show. But maybe that's life. There are no happy endings. Conflicts always arise no matter how old we are.
Parts of me wonder if they did the movie because they all had no other projects to work on. It was their one great big project of their lives, and why not prolong it? It's been 4-5 years since it's been over, so let's get back in the spotlight.
The writer and creator of the show has been sort of sinking lately. She created a dud television program, Lipstick Jungle, which looked pitiful and awful. Too similar to Sex and the City, but on cable television? It just didn't look appealing whatsoever. It just recently got cancelled. Then she's putting out YA books on Carrie Bradshaw's teenage years in her journal? Come on. We need to branch off and away from Sex and the City. It's like if JK Rowling went off and published books from Harry's childhood before the first book. Enough already. If you can create one good thing, try another. Too much on the subject is going to kill it. It was great as it was as a TV show. They cut it off right at the right time, but now they're coming back with awkward spin offs. It has to stop if it wants to hold its luster and importance to television.
On the actual film itself: The biggest upsetting part to me was Samantha's breakup with Smith. Why did they have to do this? They were my favorite couple. He stayed with her through chemo, he had this hot body, personality, and career--why did she have to break it off? Were they trying to show women that they can't just live a life in a man's shadow? Was it an attempt to tell women to live for themselves, wherever they need to be, to be happy?
And Samantha doesn't look upset or heartbroken over the leave? No matter what kind of woman she is, I still think it would bother and upset her. She was with him for a long time. Cutting that off isn't just as easy as ripping off a cheap bandaid. And, why would Samantha want to pursue her promiscuous lifestyle after Smith? She's celebrating her fiftieth birthday. She can't live it for that much longer. She had a young, hot boyfriend. Stick with that. She could have at least spoken with him to try to work it out. She didn't even go that far. It's just frustrating and obnoxious. Yuck. I don't think Samantha's a dog person either.
They had a lot of footage that wasn't really necessary to the actual movie itself. A lot had no real importance and fluff scenes. Example: Ladies sitting on the bed and voting YES or NO to outfits Carrie was trying on. It just dragged on.
And since when was Miranda such a disheartening bitch? I don't remember her being THAT cold and heartless? And I thought Miranda was Carrie's best friend. If it is her best friend, why wouldn't she be Carrie's maid of honor? It's all so confusing to me.
How can Charlotte now all of a sudden become pregnant? Is this some form of magic? It's just too much of a happy ending. Honestly, her infertility was a part of her character. I bet some women really sided with her character because they also faced that same issue. This must be upsetting for some of those women who felt a connection to her character. Now they're just losers because they can't "accidentally" conceive.
How could Big construct such a big closet in that apartment? It was this tiny little closet, and all of a sudden it becomes this enormous room. Spacially, it doesn't make sense. In NYC, you can't expand too much. You have limited spaces. Very strange part.
I'm surprised Carrie took Big back so fast too. The first time she sees him, she runs into his arms, when, during the whole movie, she tries her hardest to put him behind her. The love letters and Miranda's confession turned all of that fury she was holding in her heart to forgive him? Maybe it's easier to forgive, but I thought we were constructing that strong single female (Carrie Bradshaw). He hurt her public image in her career--that alone is troubling and hard to forgive. I just thought the ending with them was too easy. It was nice that they got back together, but it was too fairy tale and too easy. Have him work for it after what he did to her!
Alright, that's all I am going to vent on. Maybe if you like a TV show, you shouldn't watch the film that comes after it, if there should be such a thing. I just feel discontented with that movie. Something isn't sitting right in me with that show now. I don't like converting from one side to the other. I will just try to put that two hours and thirty minutes out of my mind. It didn't happen, it didn't happen...
So, what did you think of the movie Sex and the City?