So what is this SATC2 all about? Well, the four friends are still living the lavish life in NYC, all with their own specific problems. Carrie is troubled by her relationship with Mr. Big that has entered a phase of routine, Charlotte is struggling with the challenges of motherhood and Miranda is thwarted at work by her male chauvinist pig boss. Samantha, on her part, is desperately trying to keep her libido up with hormonal treatment. All in all very realistic situations that most women should be able to relate to: marriage, work, motherhood, menopause. Still somehow the movie fails to achieve identification on the viewer’s part.
There are multiple reasons for this. First of all, instead of dealing with the challenges they are facing, the four decide to flee New York and head to exotic Abu Dhabi, a place in the Middle East. They got invited by a sheik, so needless to say all expenses are covered and the four are treated like first ladies. This results in unprecedented decadence and a culture clash. More often than not it’s a bit painful to witness the ladies’ ignorance regarding local customs and values, which even led to the movie being called ‘racist’ by some other critics.
Another reason why the movie fails to be compelling is the complete lack of plot and character development, exactly the things that made the series as popular as they are today. Instead of witty lines and genuine emotions, Sex and the City 2 solely offers soulless glamour and shopping. That’s about it, no meat on the bone! Carrie and her gal pals have been reduced to nothing but caricatures of themselves. Seems like the thin plot (with a two and a half hours running time!), shallow main characters and Michael Patrick King have lost touch with reality. While the glitter and glamour of New York life was still a dream for many viewers, Abu Dhabi is just no sex, different city…
Of course, it’s not all bad. There is the occasional funny line and the movie offers some nice images of exotic places and designer outfits. Somehow, that’s just not enough. I miss the intelligent, sexy and funny characters from the series. Still, I am sure millions of women around the world couldn’t care less!
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