Amongst extremely mixed reviews surrounding Sex and the City 2 I went to see it and as a huge fan of the series and first movie I was entertained the whole way through. I felt like a kid in a candy store with a permanent smile plastered across my face.
There were a lot of layers in the plot. Samantha (Kim Cattrall) is trying to avoid menopause at all costs. Her character was weaker in this film than usual. Once the girls traveled to Abu Dhabi for their expense-paid trip, she was extremely insensitive to the culture. Charlotte (Kristin Davis) isn’t coping well with motherhood, it’s extremely difficult for her and she’s paranoid about her husband cheating with the hot nanny. Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) once again proves to be the smartest and most loyal of the girls. Continuing to be a lawyer, she feels underappreciated at work and searches for a more rewarding job. Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) was obviously the main focus in the film and surprisingly the most relatable. Her marriage to Big (Chris Noth) has gotten a little monotonous. All he wants to do is watch T.V. but she’s still craving nights out on the town. I can totally see where she’s coming from, especially since Big was always huge on N.Y.C. nightlife.
I really did not like the Abu Dhabi, Middle Eastern parts of the film. It was extremely far-fetched and wasn’t approached in a very sensitive way. While I was expecting extravagant outfits from the girls, it was ridiculous how many damn outfit changes there were for an afternoon ride on a camel. So many times the women in the film were just dumb! Wearing heels in the desert is never a common sense choice.
It’s pretty clear when watching the film that the director/writer/producer Michael Patrick King has one goal (besides robbing the wallets of consumers) and that is to entertain with fabulousness! He does a great job at that, the dialogue was overall funny, the women were sometimes relatable when they weren’t being ignorant. There were still some good messages in the film, such as the struggles and rewards of motherhood, the importance of compromise in marriage, etc. I really loved the appearance made by Aiden (John Corbett). God, he is perfect. Other regulars like Steve, Smith Jerrod and Stanford were nice to see. Penelope Cruz had such a small role it was basically useless.