Um, not me. I know, I'm probably letting some of you down. But I just can't do it.
I've said this before here, but I wanted the writers to leave the ending with the TV series and not screw up Big's coming around with a movie, especially one where he leaves her at the altar (briefly). Yet, in the name of loyalty I went to see the first movie on opening night and found it mediocre at best.
I've watched the previews and read every plot summary and review that my eyes have come across in the past week, and all I can say is I'm embarrassed for the Sex and the City franchise.
The TV series was groundbreaking in the way it portrayed single 30-something women. It was smart and thought-provoking and managed to survive the groan-worthy puns Carrie occasionally unleashed and the unreality of a designer shoe-obssessed newspaper columnist (and not one for any of the big three NYC papers) being able to financially survive. It was smart enough that I know plenty of dudes who got into watching the occasional episode, even if they were slow to admit it.
SATC2 appears to take the worst of the TV series -- the unrealities and the puns -- and plays them up while forgetting what made the series so good. I loved how the characters in the series were able to grow through the changes in their lives without the show losing its edge. Now it just seems the characters have had plenty of changes in their lives but no growth. And in this day and age, they're neither breaking any new ground nor representative of how the world/economy has changed in the past few years. And BTW, Stanford and Anthony are such polar opposites and hated each other so much in the series I'm not sure there's anything this movie can do to convince me they'd be getting married now.
'But it's like visiting old friends,' someone said on my Facebook wall when I declared I was skipping SATC2. I have six seasons of DVDs if I need to visit old friends. The disc with 'The Agony and the Ex-tacy' episode is ready to go in my DVD player for whenever I need a dose of SATC.
Maybe I'm overanalyzing here, but I just can't bring myself to spend the $10 (or however much the going rate is these days) to see what I know will disappoint me. I know I'm probably in the minority here of SATC fans, and I won't judge you if you do decide to go see the movie. In fact, if you do, report back here and tell me if I'm totally off base. But, if you're on the fence post, I'd encourage you to skip the movie too. Because the last thing we need is Michael Patrick King mulling a THIRD Sex and the City movie.
And in the mean time, here's a slightly unfair but also kind of funny mockery of SATC2 done in 60 seconds ...