Monday, June 7, 2010
Directed by Michael Patrick King
Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Chris Noth, Jennifer Hudson, Candice Bergen, David Eigenberg, Evan Handler, Mario Cantone, Jason Lewis, Willie Garson
Well.. decided to give this first film another go now that the second one has just hit theaters. And it isn't a disaster by no means, although it does have strong flaws. Based on a TV-series which was based on a book series, Sex And The City the movie has lost a crucial amount of edge in this incarnation. The series was truly groundbreaking, daring and original when it came out because it showed it's target audience, women, that it's OK to be OK with their sexuality and to embrace it. The story picks up a few years after where the series ended and revolves around Parker's Carrie Bradshaw who is finally getting married to mr. Big played by Noth. Everything goes to shit when he stands her up at the altar and Carrie sinks into depression and her trusty girlfriends (Cattrall, Davis and Nixon) set out to bring her out of it.
Anybody who's watched the series (which ran for six seasons from 1998 to 2004 on HBO) knows that Carrie's relationship with his Big has been an on-and-off-one from the start and all they thought this time around was "well this time it's a movie, what shall we do.. oh hell, let's just do what we've always done, but on a bigger scale" and it's not very interesting. Especially when she turns into that annoying friend who just keeps talking and talking and talking about the man she lost, you know what I mean? We all have those friends. Hell, we've likely been those friends somewhere down the line, who just keep going on and on about some douchebag who you know is a piece of shit and thus don't have any interest in listening about, but you have to because in order to be a good friend you have to listen and be that shoulder to cry on.
The other girls have their own little storylines, but they're ultimately nothing to pay any attention to, not that the main plot device was that much more interesting either. The main problem with Sex And The City is the same that lurked behind the sholder of the series and it's that the whole world these characetrs live in and adore is so shallow, superficial and hollow that you have to almost stand in awe that it doesn't implode. The message is clear.. you're nothing if you don't have designer shoes, a Louis Vuitton bag and a reservation to a hot restaurant. These fucking people. Beg your pardon if I sound harsh, but it really is all for nothing.
There are some redeeming factors and those are compliments to the fine photography and some real and clever moments in the script. The spirit may have suffered along the way, but the ladies do try their best with the material that's given, although Davis maybe a little less than her co-stars since couple of times her efforts reach over acting and not of the flattering kind. Put it like this, this film was a balancing act with lots of eggs and most of them fell and were shattered because there were too many eggs to handle.
Sinkkuelämää-leffa on väljähkö ja ennen kaikkea melko turha lämmittely TV-sarjasta, joka oli aikanaan oikeasti rohkea ja rajoja rikkova. Kaikki toivo ei onneksi ole menetetty, sillä käsikirjoitus onnistuu ajoittain liikuttamaan ja jopa olemaan nokkela ja keskeisissä rooleissa olevat naiset ovat kelpo terässä.