REVIEW: Sex and the City (2008)
Thoughts: Basically, if you like the TV show, you’ll enjoy the movie. Jessica and I watched the whole series on DVD a few years back, so we had to see the movie to see what was up 4 years after the series finale. Turns out that everyone is up to the same tricks. If you’ve never seen the show, it tries to give you a run down of who these characters are supposed to be, but even if you can follow the plot without seeing the series, the most emotional moments will be big “so what” moments for you. The point is that these characters have 10 years of history, and here we are seeing them try to get their happily ever afters. If you’ve never seen them before, you won’t care.
To put it in a way more of you would understand, it’s like having a “Ross and Rachel Get Married and Chandler and Monica Get Pregnant” Friends movie in theaters, and you go without ever having seen Friends. Would you understand what a big deal that would be? That’s pretty much exactly what the Sex and the City movie is, but with more nudity and swearing.
Overall: Good for those who’ve seen the series.
Technical Complaint: This movie was filmed in Super 35, which is basically using regular 35mm film because it’s cheaper. This means that the original image is 4:3 (standard TV shape). Because they wanted the movie in 16:9 (high definition TV shape), they crop the top and bottom off of the film and print it stretched out to another reel of 35mm film and the movie theater’s projector unstretches it. The problem is that the editor for SatC instead of cropping some from the top and some from the bottom cropped all of it from the bottom, which meant that all of the shots were set way too high and you could see the boom mic in several of the scenes. Someone, somewhere made a huge cropping mistake and somehow it got printed on film. Every copy from the New York premiere to the 1:10 Saturday afternoon Bedford showing has this problem. It’s absolutely ridiculous.
I just emailed New Line Cinemas about it. We’ll see what excuse they give us.