May Movie Mania wrapped up this afternoon with Sex and the City (yes, I know it’s June 1… but the movie did open in May we just couldn’t get there until today).
This movie was pure bliss. I was a major fan of the series. I loved every minute of the series and the movie caps the series so wonderfully. Yes, the show’s HBO series finale was perfect; but the film jumps four years from there and brings everything up-to-date in a sublime package.
From my point-of-view, there wasn’t one wrong note in this movie. The women were all back in fine form. The stories for each of them were perfectly in line with their characters. It packs quite the emotional punch too, both happy and sad. I’m not sure when I’ve wept so much at a film last (if I had to guess it would be Rent back in November 2005). From the opening “previously on…” sequence (which was so well done that anyone who hadn’t seen the show could immediately know what’s important for the movie) to the final scene, I was anywhere between single tear and full on sobs. Yes, I was a mess and I enjoyed myself completely because in the middle of most of that I was laughing too. Oh, and without giving anything away, Jennifer Hudson as Carrie’s assistant was a great addition to the Sex and the City characters.
Okay, here come the spoilers. If you don’t want to know what goes on, skip this next paragraph.
Spoilers follow: My two favorite scenes: 1) Big and Carrie touring the 5th Avenue apartment: “So this is where the light is?” It’s a beautiful sequence and you see how much in love they are. 2) After the wedding falls apart and Carrie has beaten up Big with the bouquet, as they are getting Carrie back in the car and Big calls after her, Charlotte whirls around and screams at him: “No!” Who knew Charlotte had that in her? The New Year’s Eve sequence was so moving, seeing what everyone was doing. Charlotte getting pregnant was unexpected and so joyous. Samantha’s breakup with Smith was sad, but you could tell they both knew their time together was over. And, of course, Carrie did get married to Big… finally. I loved that he whispered those love letter words in her ear as they kissed. A beautiful moment.
Welcome back to the spoiler-free zone: I’m mixed on if I want to see another Sex film. With the stellar, and unexpected, $55 million opening weekend you just know someone is thinking about that. I don’t see how another movie could top this. The film was a great finale to May Movie Mania and I think the best of the five films. It’s certainly the one I will own on DVD as soon as it comes out.
And now that the big May month is done, it looks like we’re in for a bit of a drought. The next films I’m wildly excited about are The Dark Knight and Mamma Mia! both opening July 18.
Coming soon… Two movies have struck a chord among all the previews I’ve seen lately. In October there is He’s Just Not That Into You with Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Connelly, Justin Long and Bradley Cooper. It’s based on a book by two Sex and the City writers. In November comes Australia starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman and directed by Baz Luhrmann (who is responsible for one of my favorite films ever, Moulin Rouge). Trailers for both are below so you can check them out if you’ve not already seen them.