Words Worth Noting
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman asks: Should there be a 'Sex and the City 3' movie? He's much more sympathetic to the movie and the franchise than most critics were:
I am not tired of these ladies. I totally enjoyed Sex and the City 2 because I still relished the chance to bask in their quickness and silliness, their valor and confusion, their passion, their presence. I want to see what happens to them next…if there is a next.
I’m with Owen. I think there’s life left in these characters and in this franchise. SATC2 wasn’t perfect, but it was, for me, a pleasure (apart from more than one too many groan-inducing puns). From the series' inception, Sex and the City was always a celebration of NY and decadence but also of friendship and women’s choices (with each character representing a different facet or path). All of that is pretty nicely woven together in this update. So for fans, the central issue is not just the exotic trip to UAE but how these women deal with their respective paths in the broader journey.
And there’s a huge focus on that continuity and character development and the transition into different stages of life (one character is having trouble with menopause (!!); another is adjusting to motherhood; and of course as Owen points out, Carrie is completely resisting that inevitable change). So even though they’re doing it surrounded by fabulous clothing in incredible settings (which are fun), it’s somehow still a little relatable. So the movie made me laugh and cry –just a little.