Rated: R Reviewed by: Frank Release date: May 27, 2010 Released by: New Line Cinema
Usually a wedding comes at the end or at least at the climax of a film script. Part one ended at the broken wedding of Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Mr. Big (Chris North), in this episode the wedding comes first. An opulent over the top event that nearly reminds us of Connie's wedding the The Godfather.
Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha are introduced walking in the city one at a time, like stage appearances and the audience responds favorably as each comes on the scene. They're off to purchase gifts for a wedding of two of their gay male friends, Stanford and Anthony. The event will be remembered as one of the most interesting, over the top spectacular scenes recently put on film. Aided by choirs of handsome young men in top hats and white tuxedos who sing and dance to some of the most memorable romantic songs from Broadway. The couple is escorted down a ramp between the white tuxedos by parents as guests show their best fashions on the dance floor and at dinner tables. Carrie by-the-way is the best man. To top it off Liza Minnelli vamps it up with a singing and dancing number in her usual black sequins outfit singing Beyonce's "Single Ladies." All this creates a spectacular nearly inspiring opening to the film.
While the characters continue to dwell on their selfish need for clothing jewelry and especially shoes the theme which permeates the film deals with their need for husbands and, for Samantha, any good looking guy who is willing to fool around. While each has a story it's Carrie's world with Mr. Big, who has become quite comfortable in the marriage and is willing to stay home and watch vintage black and white movies against Carrie's idea of time on the town that must be resolved if the relationship is to survive.
It's Samantha who arranges for a trip on a private jet to Abu Dhabi for the four that creates adventures similar to those of their past. Of course Samantha places the trip in danger with her challenge to the conservative Arab men in the Middle East. Carrie finds an old love and new shoes and they all stay in a suite that costs $22,000 per night. A break from the kids works for Charlotte's mental state but she is concerned with a sexy nanny who draws attention from all the men when she is sprayed with a hose while playing with the kids.
The looser more comical series of events lift this film to a more enjoyable level than the first. Everyone learns something, even Mr. Big, and in the end its Claudette Colbert and a little sparkle that saves the day.
|Sex and the City 2||B||D-||B||C||C-||C|