Carrie and Co’s desert adventure one for the fans

2010-05-27 11:14

It was with trepidation that I turned up for the premiere of the

sequel to the Sex and the City (SATC) movie. After all, the first film seemed to

have connected all the dots.

But, the die-hard fan inside me couldn’t help squealing with

anticipation – and she was well satisfied.

The film does, as it must, give non-SATC club members a potted

version of the story so far.

Where the first film concerned itself with

weddings, babies and being left at the altar, this one is more mature, more

concerned with exploring strong independent women of a certain age and asserting

that they are not to be ignored nor replaced with peppy 20-something blondes (as

represented by British actress Alice Eve).

But, don’t despair. There’s a wedding – a wedding so gay that Liza

Minnelli officiates and sings Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).

She’s a splendid

64-year-old example of a woman who still has it – and shakes it. At the other

end of the musical (and age) spectrum teen queen Miley Cyrus also puts in an

appearance, but thankfully doesn’t sing.

The one off-kilter aspect of the film is that the fabulous foursome

head for Abu Dhabi for the bulk of the film – a poor choice of destination for

economically and sexually liberated women. As they discover.

However, the kitsch

and over-the-top opulence are worth a snigger.

Also it gives Manhattan’s most

famous clothes horses the opportunity to wear a wardrobe that would have made

Lawrence of Arabia sell his camel. And that’s one of the things fans want, the

kind of haute couture that no real person can afford or be bothered to wear out

of sight of the paparazzi.

Swirling robes, impractical hats, glitzy fascinators

and shoes that are easy on the eye, but make your in-step cry.

This is a film for fans and it continues to provide the fantasy

women want.

Mr Big (Chris Noth) retains his smouldering sex appeal despite

wanting to hang out at home on the sofa and eat take out. Aidan (John Corbett)

makes a fleeting reappearance as the one who got away, as does Smith Jared

(Jason Lewis), Samantha’s throwaway toy boy.

The film is also littered with

hunky men, though no one but Samantha does more than look.

But the fantasy does come with a reality check – even women in Dior

and Jimmy Choos have to face up to menopause, motherhood and monogamy. One of

the things this film does take on is the patriarchy, both in business and


Miranda (Cynthia Hobbs) comes up against it at work, while Samantha

(Kim Cattrall) – no surprise there – rubs the establishment the wrong way in Abu


Those who were disappointed by the first film might find this one a

whole lot truer to the TV series – great clothes, hot men, hotter sex and above

all bitingly funny one-liners.

It is, though, again about 30 minutes too long

and a little self-indulgent, but then that’s one of the many charms of Carrie

and Co.

» Sex and the City 2 opens tomorrow

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