(out of 5)
It’s been four years since Carrie Bradshaw was rescued in Paris by Mr. Big (who now has a full name), and in that time much has changed: Charlotte’s adopted girl has grown up, Carrie has written a few more books and is moving in with her man, Miranda is heavily overworked at the office, and Samantha lives in L.A. where she works as PR agent to her sole star client, Smith Jarrod (Jason Lewis, gorgeous and vapid as ever). Carrie and Big decide it’s time to tie the knot, and what spins off from there is much hilarity and even more drama as these ladies once again navigate the murky waters of romance, using wit as their weapons and fashion as their battle shields. Unfortunately, what was a zippy and wonderfully expedient television show plays a bit awkward on the big screen. Darren Star’s magnificent series was brilliant for how well it turned big corners with small moves, covering large emotional developments in small story arcs that made for the perfect 30-minute meal. The big screen effort, a two and a half hour extravaganza that basically works out to a five-episode marathon, uses the same techniques and as a result feels haphazard and random where the show felt spontaneous. It also plays up too much to the idiotic teen fans who think that the show was all about purses and shoes; yes, the glamour was wonderful but what really made the show unique was its depiction of women talking about what was really on their minds, something Hollywood movies have almost always ignored and, sadly, continue to do so here. Instead we watch as they concentrate on their love lives between brief orgiastically immoral fashion shows. That said, don’t avoid it if you loved the series: fans will have much to adore, while those being initiated into the series will be bored shitless by this fan convention pretending to be a movie.
New Line Cinema, Home Box Office, Darren Star Productions
Directed by Michael Patrick King
Cinematography by John Thomas
Production Design by Jeremy Conway
Costume Design by Patricia Field
Film Editing by Michael Berenbaum