Review – Sex and the City 2 (2010)

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sex-and-the-city-2-5382e4fa334adWhen I finished watching the entire HBO series, Sex and the City, I immediately found a pretty decent deal. It was practically a buy one get one free combo deal for both the Sex and the City films that have been released thus far. I wasn’t sure I wanted to really buy the second movie, but given the fact that I got it for free…I figured that was as good a deal as any. So over the last weekend, I watched both of these (ridiculously long) movies. I’ve already reviewed the first movie, so now we’re onto numbero dos. Let’s get into it.

Two years have passed since Carrie Bradshaw finally bagged John “Mr. Big” Preston, the man she was always meant to be with. Just as her friend Charlotte must deal with her young daughter’s “terrible two’s”, Carrie must deal with her relationship taking a turn for the worse – Big likes to watch old black-and-white movies on TV and eat take-out food, which prevents Carrie from feeling like the free-wheeling party girl she used to be. Meanwhile, Miranda copes with a new boss that can’t handle an intelligent, powerful woman, and Samantha works a public relations angle that gets the fashionable foursome an all-expense-paid trip to Abu Dhabi. Written by The Massie Twins (IMDb)

PEOPLE
★★★★★★★☆☆☆

 

This category is all about the people in the film. This covers their acting ability, if the characters themselves are any good, if they work well together as a team, if they are deeper or flatter as characters, and if the casting director even did their job right. These are all very important issues to consider while reviewing film.
  1.  Acting: ★☆
    • There is disappointment littered throughout this film. For instance, one of the very basic requirements that I’d figure would be in Sex and the City 2 is great acting. Up to this point in the entire franchise, the acting has been great, but everything here mostly felt forced, maybe even a little tired. At very most, the acting felt fine, but there was never a moment that had me thinking…wow, what a performance. For that reason, this only gets one star.
  2. Characters: ★★
    • Good acting or just fine acting, the characters are still pretty decent. They still play off each other in a perfectly balanced nature, which is actually one of the best parts of the movie, actually. If they weren’t in this movie, and it was just a random group of girls, oh man…I wouldn’t even know what to think. They were the main saving graces for what could have been.
  3. Good Casting: ★★
    • Specifically, the characters and casting go hand-in-hand, but it goes deeper than that. The casting in this movie couldn’t have possibly been any better, because these actresses and actors have played these characters for over a decade. So, in reality, this subcategory is a bit of a no-brainer. Two stars.
  4.  Good Importance: ☆☆
    • This is not an important movie, it doesn’t have an important story, and because of that, nobody in this film had any real importance. Nobody really adds to the story, because it’s more of a reunion than an actual bonafide movie. The “importance” is definitely not there in this movie.
  5.  Good chemistry: ★★
    • These actresses have spent 12 years together at this point. Even if they hated each other, they naturally have a natural familial bond that transcends conventional chemistry in film…so…yeah. Two stars.

WRITING
☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

 

This category obviously covers the writing aspect of the critique. First, you want to know a little bit about the script. Specifically, how is the dialogue? Are they saying anything memorable or inspirational…or was it just bland conversation to keep the story going? How was the story itself? Was it well-balanced or over-convoluted? Was it original? Was it even interesting? Once again, all very important questions
  1.  Dialogue: ☆☆
    • Nothing about the writing in Sex and the City 2 was impressive, not much of it was really acceptable, either. Accepting the show’s typical comedy for what it is is one thing. Implementing it in a highly strict culture is a little insensitive. That includes the dialogue. There are just some things you don’t say outside of the post-modern United States…getting away with it in other countries is doable, but Abu Dhabi? No stars.
  2.  Good Balance: ☆☆
    • This movie is all over the place, and it doesn’t really have a solid storyline or even the basic episodic structure every other version of Sex and the City has had up to this point. Then, the entire introduction to Abu Dhabi made no real sense. Samantha’s ex-boyfriend filmed a movie there, so going there to see him would make more sense, then a random hotel manager inviting Samantha to advertise for the random hotel, inviting her and her friends for a week. It made no sense, whatsoever. No stars.
  3.  Good Story: ☆☆
    • I couldn’t even tell you what the “story” is. It’s the girls from Sex and the City randomly going about their typical hijinks, and then Carrie’s ex-boyfriend is randomly at Abu Dhabi, too. And then, they have to remember to be respectful, which they have serious problems with…there’s no story here. At all. Move along.
  4.  Original: ☆☆
    • The only “originality” here, is that it’s weird and trippy for a Sex and the City thing…which obviously doesn’t count. It’s really just a reunion for a tv show, reintroducing beloved characters…that’s been done, and it’s never good when they do.
  5.  Interesting:
    • Not even is this film interesting in the least bit. Why? Well, nothing substantial really happens. Going to another country doesn’t qualify for “interesting”, it might qualify for nice-looking shots here and there…but not for writing. Nothing here, folks. Move along.

BEHIND-THE-SCENES
★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

 

Never forget that there are hard-working individuals working on this film day in and day out. It’s a great story, yes, but people helped make that possible. People like the directors, who have to take written word on a script, and somehow translate that for the big screen in a way an audience would understand. Editors, who are given a ton of material and expected to further make that idea and image the director has already – into a reality, like the director of photography, whose job is to make this movie look amazing…whether that means natural settings and landscapes, CGI, 3D, technical effects, or otherwise. The production crew, who are in charge of making advertisements that aren’t false, and don’t give too much away. Finally, the sound crew, who are in charge of everything the audio has – sound effects, sound editing, music, you name it. These are all puzzle pieces.
  1. Visuals: ★☆
    • As I mentioned before, they are in a different country, a beautiful country if shot right…which I don’t think it is. There are a few moments here and there that look pretty good, but there was a lot more potential unused as far as visuals go, adding to more disappointment. One star.
  2.  Directing: ★☆
    • I’ll give credit where credit is due, and I’ll say this was a pretty awful script, which means the director did an okay job making it somewhat understandable to an audience. I say “okay” job, because the entire movie doesn’t make sense as a whole, just bits and pieces. One star.
  3.  Editing: ★☆
    • Same as the directing here. The editor did a fine job, just nothing remarkable occured.
  4.  Advertisement: ★☆
    • As far as advertisement is concerned, I think they disappointed a number of fans of the TV show because the trailer really just feels like another movie with our favorite girls. They’ve never let us down before, why would they now? Well, as it turns out, they do…which is why this gets one star.
  5.  Music: ★☆
    • Nothing noticeably great here, just more of the same and a typical score that isn’t noticeable unless you’re listening for it. One star.

NARRATIVE ARC
★★★★★★★☆☆☆

 

Have you ever been left wondering what it was about a film that felt…off, but you couldn’t place what it was? Well, a lot of people actually aren’t educated on the traditional narrative arc structure – which is seen in almost every movie or book story. With a missing piece, you might not understand what feels missing.
  1.  Introduction: ★★
    • Most introductions, unless rushed, will get a perfect score of two stars here, and the same applies for this film. We’re re-introduced to all of the main characters and given a little bit of an idea of what it “might” be about.
  2.  Inciting Incident/Crossing the Threshold: ★☆
    • I’m a little confused as to what the inciting incident was. Was it when they are invited to Abu Dhabi? Was it earlier with Mr. Big and Carrie deciding to have two days off in their marriage? I honestly have no real idea, but I believe it’s one of those. That being said, it’s subtle, whatever it is. One star.
  3.  Obstacles: ★☆
    • I guess there are obstacles? I mean, Carrie’s ex-boyfriend in Abu Dhabi is one…Miranda tired of her kid? I don’t know, again, this is a very subtle thing that is barely even recognizable. One star.
  4.  Epiphany/Climax: ★☆
    • Well, err…I guess it’s there, but once again, super subtle. One star.
  5.  Falling Action: ★★
    • Now, the falling action is there. It’s a very typical ending speech made by Carrie that ties everything up once more. This is something I had no problem with. Two stars.

OVERALL ENTERTAINMENT
★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

 

Here’s something most critics overlook, because they’re always so keyed in on critiquing the technical elements of a film. Well, that may be statistically accurate, but the numbers that are released aren’t always reflective of what we enjoyed about it…which is when we say the movie was under-appreciated or whatever. This category focuses on pure entertainment.
  1.  Rewatchability: ☆☆
    • One…is…more than enough, thank you very much! No stars.
  2.  Fun: ★☆
    • Some of this film can be considered fun. Specifically speaking the girls when randomly interacting with one another. They can be fun, but this wasn’t the right story for them. One star.
  3.  Impulse to buy it: ★☆
    • No, I have no impulse to buy it. AT ALL, but I did give this one star for the very fact that I bought it before I saw it. At one point, I had an impulse to see it, and that was after I finished watching the show…I thought it’d be worth it.  For you though, I say don’t buy it.
  4.  Impulse to talk to someone about it: ☆
    • If I hear someone talking about Sex and the City 2 out loud, I will turn around and run the other way. No stars.
  5.  Sucks the audience in: ☆☆
    • Ha. What a riot. Sucks the audience in? Ha. Pushes the audience away is more like it.

Sex and the City 2

SPECIALTY QUESTIONS

 

These are special questions written by you before seeing the movie, based on expectations, questions, stereotypes, you name it. If it’s a Tom Cruise movie, have Cruise-isms, if it’s a horror film, ask how scary it is, if it’s a sequel, ask if it fits in with the universe or if it was even needed to begin with, you catch the drift.

FITS IN THE UNIVERSE?
★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

SPECIALTY QUESTION #1

 

I’m using the same specialty questions that I used for the first movie, because they all fit for the same reasons. So the first one is…does it fit within the universe of the Sex and the City world? The answer to that is both yes and no. Yes, in the beginning hour or so, they were in that universe and it was following it pretty closely. The minute they leave for Abu Dhabi for the last 90 minutes, that’s where it’s thrown completely out of whack. That’s why I gave it five out of ten stars.

FOLLOWS EPISODIC STRUCTURE
☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

SPECIALTY QUESTION #2

 

The TV show followed a very specific structure which I loved. While Carrie wrote an article for the paper, the TV show had that as its theme, and every character would have a different and independent experience with what that theme means for them as a character – and this movie does no such thing. It doesn’t. Carrie herself barely has a point in this movie, and without her leading the concept and theme, the other characters are sure to follow suit and not have a story either. This was bad. Really bad. No stars.

MOVIE OR REUNION?
☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

SPECIALTY QUESTION #3

 

The last movie was a movie. This movie was most certainly a reunion. What does that mean? That means the actresses come back to make a movie just to bring the characters back, and you can always tell. It’s usually pointless, because they have the wrong idea that that’s all the audience would ever want, anyway. Like I said, that’s wrong. The characters are a very small part of it. Without a substantial story, you have characters that aren’t substantial.

SENSE OF CLOSURE?
★★★★★★★★★★

SPECIALTY QUESTION #4

 

I’ll say as far as this goes, there was a sense of closure. By the end, no matter how good or bad it was, it still did an okay job of tieing things up, just in case this was the last movie…which should always be how they view it. Between the first and second movie’s final moments, I honestly think I prefer this one, as weird as that is.

HALFWAY DECENT?
★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

SPECIALTY QUESTION #5

 

This is the first time I’ve ever given a movie 5/10 stars for the halfway decent category. The reason why is because the beginning of the movie was halfway decent, and it’s important not to forget about that, because the rest of the movie is crap. It’s important to remember not the entire movie is like that, so I give this five stars.

RATING: 41/100

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