The new Sex and the City film seems to have caused a surprising amount of controversy, and in some cases deep-rooted anger.
But, in my opinion, anyone who takes satc seriously enough to think it could make any kind of religious, feminist or social statement really needs to get a reality check and calm themselves down.
I saw the new film this weekend, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
And no, I wasn’t sat in the cinema thinking I was witnessing some kind of a life lesson. I didn’t sit there thinking it was either a really clever or really stupid statement about feminism. I didn’t sit there thinking that maybe I should be modelling my life on that of either Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte or Miranda.
And this is because it is a film. It is fictional. It is not real, it’s just a bit of fun. And anyone who goes to see this film will be well aware of this fact in advance.
On the length ‘issue’, which seems to upsetting a lot of people, thank goodness it is 146 minutes long. I was waiting two years for this film and there’s always a chance it could be the last one in the franchise. If it was any shorter I would have been very disappointed.
Oh and a quick word of advice to all those who do have a problem with this. Next time you see a film, you are able to see its length beforehand. Someone has, remarkably, already timed it for you.
The thing that annoys me about all of this satc-bashing is that there are far ‘worse’ rom-coms out there. Ones with far less realism about relationships. Ones where there is zero character development. Ones where there are no laugh-out-moments, so really they are just ‘roms’.
And that’s just the romantic comedies. What about all the gangsta-style films and TV shows which glamourise violence and make it seem ok to be a thug for a living? Or all the action blockbusters there have been which completely ignore any kind of human diversity. All the characters are vacant stereotypes and rarely differ between one buget-breaking action adventure to the next.
But no one cares about any of this or rips into these films for all their obvious weaknesses because we are all aware that this is the kind of thing these types of films always entail. They are telling a story, with fictional characters which are there purely for our entertainment.
And satc2 is no different, we are given what we expect to be given and what we have been given for the past 12 years of the franchise.
Take, for example the complaint that Samantha is offensive in satc2. Yes, she certainly is. But as far as I remember, Samantha has always been offensive. I’m not sure why everyone has suddenly decided to become outraged by her now. She’s a character and she does and says a lot of things that the rest of us would never do or say.
On top of this the film does at least make an effort to be balanced through Miranda’s character, who makes a constant effort throughout to encourage Samantha to be less offensive towards the culture in Abu Dhabi.
None of this is particularly relevant though, as I wasn’t there to get a lesson in religious politics. I was there to see a light-hearted film during which I could switch off from the week’s stresses, see some pretty clothes and find out what was going on with four of my favourite FICTIONAL characters. And funnily enough, this was exactly what the film provided.
People really need to stop trying to intellectualise something which so knowingly daft.
By Sophie Hudson