Is this one of the longest Hollywood movies ever? Definitely the longest romantic comedy to have come out from Hollywood. The running time of Sex And The City is in the vicinity of two and half hours, but that’s not a bad thing because the movie doesn’t drag, bore or even seem that long. I’d never seen the TV series, and I was highly skeptical about the movie when my wife dragged me to watch it, but it didn’t turn out to be as bad as I had anticipated. Of course, the missus loved it.
It’s been nearly two years since I saw Sex And The City, I felt like writing about it now because there’s a sequel round the corner. The missus is giddy with excitement about it, and I’m sure so are most of you girls out there. It’s not so exciting for men because Sex And The City is about four forty-year old women. Actually, it was about four forty-year old women, they turned fifty by the end of the first movie and are probably approaching sixty in the sequel.
Anyway, for those who don’t know, here’s a laconic look at the storyline. Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) is a successful writer. She’s dating Big (Chris Noth), they don’t show why he’s called Big but anyway, Carrie and Big are all set to move into a new apartment. Carrie believes that the arrangement would make more sense if they’re married, Big has had two failed marriages and is skeptical. However, he loves Carrie and is ready to go down the aisle, only to leave her stranded on the big day. Carrie is heartbroken but is helped to bring her life back in order by her three best friends – Samantha (Kim Cattral), Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon).
The three other ladies have their own set of problems as well. Charlotte leads a happily married life, but has been unable to get pregnant. Samantha is a slut, who is suffocated in a five-year old relationship. And Miranda’s husband cheated on her.
The movie takes us through the lives of these four ladies and shows us how they come to terms with their afflictions. The common thread between them is their friendship; they’re always there for each other in good as well as bad times. Their friendship binds them, and it binds the story as well. Sex And The City would be nothing if it weren’t for the strong friendship between the four protagonists.
The movie is of course taken forward from the TV show. It is written and directed by Michael Patrick King, and he’s done a good job of holding it all together. Carrie is the central character, but the other three ladies have been given enough screen space to make things interesting.
As far as the actors are concerned, Sarah Jessica Parker and Cynthia Nixon stand out. Parker is the kind of woman who grows on you; I didn’t like her at first but found her to be amiable as the movie progressed. Nixon stands out because she has a stronger role, but Cattral and Davis are equally good, perfect in the roles they portray.
Well, Sex And The City turned out to be a decent watch, maybe even more than a decent watch. The sequel is said to be bigger and better, I hope they women look younger.
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