Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Sex and the City 2

Once again the cosmopolitan- loving-foursome, that has had many entranced for the past twelve years, have returned in the sequel to Sex and the City. The movie starts out with Carrie played by Sarah Jessica Parker, filling us in on what we’ve missed since we last saw them. She recounts married life and how she and the lovely ladies met. Twenty years later, they are preparing for the union of their favorite gay friends, Stan and Anthony. The "gay" wedding as it is so frequently referred to in the film is anything but modest. A venue filled with swans and Liza Minelli's Broadway version of "Single Ladies,” did not fail at evoking laughter and surprise. As the extravaganza reaches its end, Carrie is introduced to a fan who claims to be just like her save the fact that Carrie has no intentions of procreating with Mr. Big. This reality provokes immediate distress in the self-proclaimed Carrie twin. After the unfortunate meeting, Carrie and her beau are faced with having to question if the two of them will be enough for one another. Meanwhile, Miranda has to deal with a chauvinist boss, Charlotte is juggling being a full time mom with a nanny, and Samantha spends the majority of the movie trying to resist menopause by consuming large amounts of pills, reading Suzanne Somers and dousing her face with mashed sweet potatoes,(don’t ask). These issues leave the women feeling stressed and in need of somewhere new. As usual Samantha saves the day with a luxurious Middle Eastern adventure filled with beautiful landscapes and old flames.

The film, as expected is full of glamour. Even Carrie’s vintage newsprint styled, Christian Dior dress, makes an appearance as an ode to her beloved wardrobe. There are enough witty jokes supplied by Carrie and Samantha to keep you smiling. There are also hidden treats like Erykah Badu’s “Window Seat” that plays in the background at Big and Carries anniversary dinner. I give the creators credit for bringing up valid issues, like maintaining a healthy marriage and juggling motherhood along with having a career. They also focus on what it means to be an independent woman without limitations. This film also allows the fans to see Miranda and Charlotte in a different light. Their characters evolve the most in the film, whereas Carrie actually digresses by trying to be someone that she no longer is. Despite the glitz, glam, and sexy men, I would venture to say that this film was a bit unnecessary. It played like a 2 ½ hour long season finale, if the show were to return for one last season. We did not need to see how Big and Carrie fare as a childless married couple or how the other three women survived their daily lives. Like most sequels the first movie was better. However, I am a die-hard fan and for that reason would still advocate going to see the film.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Just Wright

As a lover of hip-hop and BRC's (Black Romantic Comedies) I was pleased that "Just Wright" did not disappoint. In a time where previews are telling the whole movie while simultaneously stealing the element of surprise from the potential audience member, this film keeps you wanting more. It is no surprise that this modern-day Cinderella story with a basketball twist ends well. However, it is not the expected happy-ending that keeps you invested. It is the chemistry between the two rappers-turned-actors Queen Latifah and Common. Latifah plays Leslie Wright an accomplished physical therapist who suffers from the handicap of being the "home-girl next door." After a slew of blind-dates gone wrong she returns back to her daily life not expecting much until the unexpected happens. She meets the famous New Jersey Nets point guard Scott McKnight played by Common. After helping him with is gas and sharing a love of Joni Mitchell he invites her to a party. She attends the party bringing her gold digging God-sister Morgan along, played Paula Patton. This leads to an expected yet unsuccessful relationship between Common and Patton. However, when he suffers a severe knee injury that could very well end his career, Latifah does her best to save him from self-doubt and misery by simply being herself. This movie may not scream or even shout original but director Sanaa Hamri does a fantastic job capturing the beauty of friendship and blossoming relationships in this film. This movie was neither a cinematic disaster nor was it absolute masterpiece. It was just right.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Whip It, Whip It Good

I love nothing more than enjoying a Sunday night at the movies to watch a coming of age story about girl, her roller skates, and women kicking each others asses. If you are like me then you will thoroughly enjoy Drew Barrymore's directorial debut Whip It. Whip It stars academy award nominated actress Ellen Paige. She plays Bliss a.k.a. Babe Ruthless Cavendar, a young high school girl who poses as a 22 year old woman so that she can compete in Roller Derby. Through this exciting and somewhat violent sport she discovers that she is stronger than she thought. With the support of her best friend and new beau and teammates the Hurl Scouts she manages to beat the odds and escape her little town in the good 'ol heart of Texas and become a Roller Derby Star. When Bliss begins her journey to rule on skates she enlists the support of her best friend, Pash, played by Arrested Development star Alia Shawkat to help her sneak in to this world she has fallen in love with.This movie has all the ingredients of satisfying film. It’s funny, sentimental, and triumphant. It allows you to travel to the underground world of Roller Derby in Austin, Texas, where women rule and move just as fast as any running back, except on roller skates. However, this grungy and lively world is not too far away from home allowing the characters to seem just as real to you as the weird next door neighbor everyone has. More importantly this the film teaches you that winning doesn't always mean coming in first place.