“Finding the perfect apartment in New York City is like finding the right partner. It can take years.”
-Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City 2008
Salacious, classy, and colorful is this HBO depiction from a book made by Candace Bushnell. The movie is a great hit as much as the 6-season TV series was. Although highly criticized for its graphic adult content, Sex and the City is a movie with spunk and a soul at the same time. It is something that depicts the lives of New York’s typical young professionals. The film began where the TV series left off, starting with a very cute flashback of where the four characters are, three years and three books after, according to Carrie Bradshaw’s witty and engaging first POV narration.
Bradshaw continues her journey with her three other besties Samantha Jones, Charlotte York Goldenblatt, and Miranda Hobbes. Each SATC woman provides a very unique flavor to the show. The unique plot and well-developed characters make it a very good film to watch. Understandably, those who read the book or watched the TV series previously will find it more delightful. But SATC virgins and non-virgins alike will enjoy the very good film produced in 2008.
Carrie was in search for the perfect New York city apartment to move into, and it involved a giant and classy closet. Mr. Big took the apartment for Carrie in the Penthouse. It was gorgeous, sun-kissed, and top of the line lair that took her years to find. Three bestselling books and ten years after her on and off relationship with Mr. Big or John James Preston, she decided to move in with him for a new phase of her life as a 40-year-old woman.
In the 2.5-hour film, all four intertwined lives were well-developed. They all started at the point of origin with lots of unresolved conflicts and life-changing decisions after. Carrie’s marriage to Mr. Big which almost did not happen, Charlotte’s charming fiasco in Mexico and sudden pregnancy, Miranda’s coming to terms with her husband Steve’s infidelity, and Samantha’s decision to leave her 5-year-old partner to love herself again at age 50 — these all collectively created a tapestry of events that involved topics like legal rights, marriage, and 21st century sex lives of single women in the urban American setting.
As sure as sex is in the picture is the fashion statement of Carrie Bradshaw and her friends. The character of Enid, Vogue editor, even featured her as the 40-year-old bride in bridal couture. She ended up winning the Vivienne Westwood gown among many other brands. Bradshaw is the bestfriend that any young professional woman will want to have. Her quirks, her love for shoes and a supreme closet, and her unparalleled passion for researching for her book projects through the New York library make her such a colorful personality with depth and attitude that is utterly believable and relatable for women of all shapes and sizes.
Heart melting moments like Ludwig van Beethoven’s poem for his “Immortal Beloved”, child rearing issues that had them filtering their language from “sex” into “coloring” for the benefit of Charlotte’s adopted daughter, and unique engagement proposal which involved a blue-green stiletto make it so delightful. We cry and laugh as Carrie went on reflecting and trying to come to terms with herself and endured an almost falling out with her lover and one of her best friends. Her search for healing and a competent young assistant (Louise of St. Louis who got a Louis Vuitton bag for a Christmas gift) who helped pick up the pieces were all orchestrated delightfully in the film.