Get Carried Away
After seeing Mamma Mia I also watched the other big girly movie of the summer. Now I've never been a big fan of SATC when it was shown on TV, I only watched it if it was on when I happened to be sitting on the sofa with the remote in my hand. I used to spend a lot of time on the living room sofa before I got into blogging, so I've seen quite a few episodes and always found it quite amusing but not brilliant enough that I'd go out of my way to not miss another episode. However, I do like the idea of a TV show making it to the big screen, and I'd heard some very positive comments from those who'd watched it when it first came out, so I figured it was a good way to pass a couple of hours.
In the end it was 148 minutes very heavily focussed on Carrie and Big's relationship, shoes, bags, brand names (Vivienne Westwood, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton and even British sandwich retailer Pret-A-Manger) and lots of extravagant outfits for Sarah J-P. The film is most definitely aimed at the girls: our 60-seat theatre was fully booked and only 10 or so of the audience were male - all escorted by girlfriends, as you might expect.
On the plus side, there were enough laughing out loud moments to keep you entertained to the end - this wasn't one of those films where you get bored senseless after the first 15 minutes and fall asleep by half time. Even when the storyline got a bit too predictable and cliched, it was still pleasant viewing.
On the minus side, the editing was a bit agressive, as if the director had way too much material for one movie and was desperately trying to squeeze it all in. And I found the ending more than a tad lame (but I won't tell you why, as I don't want to spoil it for those of you who've not seen it yet). Let's just say it left me feeling I'd been watching total froth for the last 2.5 hours. Which I guess I had.
Still, there is hope. According to (totally unreliable) sources, the director's cut is scheduled to come out on DVD and this will include extended scenes and deleted storylines, which could just make it a real treat for a girly night in. The ending may not change but at least there will be more than Carrie Bradshaw's love woes to keep us entertained!