June 5, 2008

we’re your wild girls

Posted in movies tagged , at 9:59 am by placeinthestars

L. and I went to see Sex and the City last night.

Of all the movies I expected to stand on a line at least half a block long (in the RAIN no less), to get into, this was not even on the list, and yet, there I was at 8pm last night, in the rain (sans umbrella, because it wasn’t raining when I left the house), on a line that snaked 3/4 of the way down 86th Street. For a movie that’s been out almost a week.

When we went to see Indiana Jones at the midnight show, there was no line at all.

I am still boggled by this.

Anyway. The short, non-spoilery version is, I enjoyed the movie a lot. I still love Samantha best, and Charlotte (and then Miranda, and then Carrie), it was funny and touching, and it was fun to see all the characters again, but it was just a titch too long. Of course, I say that about most movies these days. A little judicious editing and my short-attention-span self would be a happier moviegoer. I was not a regular viewer of the show, though I watched on and off over the years, enough to be mostly familiar with the backstory.

I was THRILLED to see Samantha come to the decision that she needed to leave what’s-his-name without cheating on him, that she didn’t just go from one man to another (or to many), that it was about her sense of self and her happiness, and that she loved him, but it wasn’t enough.

I was slightly irritated with both Big and Carrie, but they were both very much in character, and I love that they ended up down at City Hall, and that Big called the ladies to tell them. *hearts*

I ADORE Charlotte and her “I CURSE THE DAY YOU WERE BORN!” complete with poky finger gesture. I love how happy Harry has made her, especially after the whole Trey debacle.

I am still meh on Steve. I dunno. I think possibly because personality-wise, I tend to be very Miranda-like about some things, so I totally got where she was coming from – infidelity is a HUGE betrayal, and I don’t know how you get over it. It’s kind of a deal-breaker for me, so I totally understood why she was so reluctant to forgive him, because you can’t know. You can’t know that someone isn’t going to betray you again (though the odds are in favor of yes if they’ve done it once, but then, I am cynical), and taking that leap of faith is hard.

While I thought the parallel of her situation with Carrie was funny, I don’t think it’s quite the same level of betrayal, though keeping it from her for five months was not the smartest thing Miranda’s ever done.

I did love them on New Year’s Eve, though. “I thought having a family meant never having to spend New Year’s Eve alone again.” *sniffle*

I love that in the end, like the show, the movie was as much – if not more – about Carrie’s relationships with Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha as much as it was about the romances.

And if I were Big, I’d have just used Beethoven’s letter as my vows, and resolved that whole problem, though I did like that he sent her the letters.

Louise’s storyline was edited oddly – there was either too much or too little. I am not sure. But she was sweet and funny and you know the writers were just dying to make that lame Louise Vuitton pun.

So all in all, like I said, I enjoyed it. I laughed, I sniffled, I said “aw,” at one or two moments. And that apartment truly was real estate heaven. Two thumbs up.

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