Sunday, January 6, 2019

Sex and the City 2

Movie Name: Sex and the City 2
Year of Release: 2010
Director: Michael Patrick King
Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Chris Noth, Candice Bergen, Jennifer Hudson, David Eigenberg, Evan Handler, Jason Lewis, Mario Cantone, Willie Garson, Alice Eve, Liza Minnelli, Lynn Cohen, Art Malik, Raza Jaffrey, John Corbett, Max Ryan, Noah Mills, Michael T. Weiss, Kelli O'Hara, David Alan Basche, Condola Rashad, Penelope Cruz
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 1 
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Synopsis and Review:
Following the astounding success of the first film, Michael Patrick King quickly gathered the cast of the first film and show, and returned for a sequel. The film once again follows the adventures of Carrie Bradshaw and her friends. Samantha now in her 50s, is battling menopause, Miranda is dealing with some complications at the office and Charlotte is handling a house with two small children demanding a lot of attention. Carrie in the meantime is having issues with her married life, since her husband loves staying at home and watching TV, while she desires a life that is more socially engaging. The girls all get what they want, a break from their domestic challenges, when Samantha gets an all paid trip to Abu Dhabi, courtesy of a film producer who has worked with Smith Jarrod in his latest feature. They all get a nice luxury vacation, one that goes smoothly, until Carrie sees her ex fiancée, Aidan, who fires up her attention. 
"Sex and the City 2" further removes the characters from any remotely relatable traits they once had, and goes flamboyantly into the deep waters of kitsch. The film is truly a testament on creating a feature based literally on nothing. There's little to no relationship drama at this point with these characters, and instead of opting for a view/insight of what it means to grow older and how that impacts relationships, the film sails into the shallow and offensive traps of taking the heroines to an exotic locale, where they learn some lessons about cultural differences, while simultaneously regaining an appreciation for the domestic life that was driving them insane. What made the show interesting, was always the ability to show glimpses into the lives of these different women, how they tackled relationships and expectations surrounding them. That has all been swept away in this film, which chooses to portray and reduce the characters to episodic moments of laughter or epiphanies that don't mean much. It's a film that isn't very funny, nor very relevant, and that does a disservice to the cast and the legacy of the show. The one single aspect to commend, is Penélope Cruz's willingness to even cameo in this film, and bring with her an ease and relaxed feel that is all but gone from the entire narrative. Avoid at all costs.