I see I liked this as I rated it 4 stars, but just tried to rewatch it… MoreI see I liked this as I rated it 4 stars, but just tried to rewatch it today and it honestly did nothing for me. I don't like period pieces in general, I can only put it down to I was going through a Reese Witherspoon phase. That might have cooled a bit since her drunken antics, although there are still movies I love her in. This apparently isn't one of them. Will keep original rating as it was valid at the time, and to be fair I switched this off 20 minutes in and can't remember a lot about it, maybe it improves.
Oh, and Reese staring in this while pregnant was a real dud move. They have filmed and dressed her to hide it, but it's still pretty obvious.
Somehow my original rating for this was 4. Ahem. Just had a re-watch,… MoreSomehow my original rating for this was 4. Ahem. Just had a re-watch, years later, and it's actually quite painfully bad!
The guys, in particular, can't act, and it's not Erika Christenson's finest hour and a half either (though I actually do quite like her). Katherine Heigl has a small role as a stereotypical bitchy beauty. It's not a stretch.
It's an interesting idea and I like the modern take, watching the characters sing "more" is particularly entertaining, but it does have the look and feel of a TV movie. It probably was one, though I've only ever seen it on dvd.
It's not a total waste of time, and it does have its moments, but if you're looking for a quality movie adaptation of this, this is possibly not it.
This is a very hard film to rate. It is about 3 hours of mundane… MoreThis is a very hard film to rate. It is about 3 hours of mundane detail as a housewife does chores around the house. It's the only foreign language film I have been able to watch while reading a newspaper and still follow. There is very little dialogue and even less action.
There is something about it I can't totally hate. It is ambitious in its sheer tedium.
At 1 hour 10 in, I had something else to do, so I fast forwarded through the non speaking parts.
I think it probably does have something to say about a woman's lot. At least back in the 70's when this was filmed.
My mother married in this era and had me. The decision to marry and have children was "what you did" as with the main character in this movie, though she's now widowed.
Oh, and this character "hooks" on the side, though that's mostly off screen.
There is an event to break up the extreme tedium at the very end, though I could not say it would make the three hours plus worthwhile for a majority of viewers.
You kind of have to weigh it up. It's certainly a successful exercise in boredom and isolation, but it's also three hours of your life you may wish to have back.
Tacky 80's fun. I am incapable of taking this seriously. And it's just… MoreTacky 80's fun. I am incapable of taking this seriously. And it's just as well, since there isn't much of a story. If you like 80's stuff or c-grade horror, this is going to be right up your alley.
Okay, it's not likely to win any new fans, but if you like the girls… MoreOkay, it's not likely to win any new fans, but if you like the girls and the show, you are going to enjoy this.
A lot of people have claimed the change of location is not a good thing, but I did not personally mind it. I would not really want to see Sex & the City 3 (if there is one, and I'm sure there will be!), set elsewhere, but for a change, this was fine.
A few laughs and some more serious parts - I think most people married for a few years could relate to Carrie's situation (I really thought the reviewers calling her whiney were harsh!). Sex & the City has always been about relationships, both with girlfriends and men, and this is more of the same.
At 2 and a half hours it is very long, and if you are not a fan, it is going to wear out it's welcome pretty quickly, but for me, it went pretty quick and enjoyed it.
UPDATE - 30/11/13. Just rewatched this and instantly downgraded it from 4 stars. Wtf was I thinking? I think this seems worse than on the first watch because I watched the entire series again first, which is great, then the first movie, which is not bad.
This actually not good. And what the hell is up with Carrie? She looks so old here. Older than she looks now when you see her in mags. That mousy hair and tan do her no favours.
And second time around, I hate the change of scenery. They should have left it in New York.
Not sure what I think of this one. First the pluses.
The movie… MoreNot sure what I think of this one. First the pluses.
The movie certainly looks stylish. It's filmed beautifully and I love the outfits and make up used for the "period" parts. Abbie Cornish is great, as is the actress who plays the first Wally. If directing a movie is just about getting things to "look" right and choosing a good cast, then Madonna has done a great job. I did think the "pretty vacant" scene was similar to one in "Marie Antoinette", though.
Now the not so good, the story was a bit hard to follow. I didn't understand Abbie's fascination with the first Wally aside from she was named after her. I also thought it floundered in the parts she "saw" and spoke to the original Wally.
I didn't really understand the relationships with Wally and her husband and the King, and the beating scene, that was kind of out of nowhere. To be honest, the guys in this are pretty wooden and I couldn't really tell one from the other. Not entirely sure which one beat the first Wally and where the miscarriage came into it.
The more modern story was easier to follow.
Wally was pretty much married to a jerk, although I can see where her baby obsession must have been pretty annoying. I couldn't understand why she would even want to be with him considering, let alone have children with him. The security guard guy was a bit creepy too. The bit where he says she reminds him of his dead wife. Um. Great.
Overall, a movie that looks great and keeps you watching, but a bit low on believability.
Wasn't quite the suck-fest I pictured, but believe me, my expectations… MoreWasn't quite the suck-fest I pictured, but believe me, my expectations were way down for this one.
Found this quite watchable (once, anyhow, wouldn't watch it again). Decent cast lift it a bit too.
Have admit, I don't really know the Sunnyboy's music. Vaguely… MoreHave admit, I don't really know the Sunnyboy's music. Vaguely recognised a few songs, but definitely not anything that really registered with me at the time it was out.
Mainly I wanted to watch this as it deals with the leads singer's schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a disease I wanted to know more about.
As such, this documentary works well on both levels. It's a must watch for a fan of Steve or the band as it features interviews and music, including a reunion show. But it also works well as a human interest story. It doesn't really matter if you knew the band or not. It's an interesting story.