Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Sex and the City - Good to see the girls again

It's extremely rare that Doug and I go out for a movie and I've been lucky enough to choose the last two (No Country for Old Men and SATC). We were fans of the TV series almost by accident only because our cable package included HBO for about a year around 2003. HBO was always running marathons of SATC and we watched practically all the episodes and became quite fond of the four stylish gals. In April of 2003, I had a week-long training course that was held onsite in my company. The instructor broke the ice by asking us to tell the class what our favorite TV show was. This was actually quite revealing as I learned a few things about my co-workers. No two people answered alike. There were answers like Survivor, Fear Factor, Trading Spaces and a book, Rich Dad, Poor Dad. And when it came to me, I racked my brain for something other than Sex and the City, but in the end, that was my answer. So what does that say about me?

Being a fans of the show meant that we just had to see the movie. I was a bit disappointed on some fronts, but overall, it felt good to see the girls again (no major spoilers here). It was rewarding to see the continuation of the storylines as the girls entered middle age (Samantha hit 50, wow!). One thing that bugged me a bit were the over-the-top outfits. I don't remember the TV series being so focused on fashion. Shoes maybe, but dresses? Only if there was a big party. It could be that since I'm a sensible shoe kinda gal, I ignored the fashion when I watched the series. Charlotte was only a caricature of herself, having way too many squeals and screams throughout the movie. And Mr. Big now has a name? That felt totally weird to me. Like he suddenly stopped being larger than life and became merely human.

But in all, it was good to catch up. I couldn't believe that the child actor who played Brady looked so much like Steve (but with obviously dyed Miranda-colored hair). Carrie's apartment felt like coming home again. The addition of Jennifer Hudson, albeit an unlikely software engineer, was a great complement to the cast. If you're a fan of the series, go see the movie, it won't disappoint. But if you've never seen the series, it may be a bit over-the-top in the glitz department and not reflect what an truly awesome series it was.

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