FILM RE­VIEWS Sex and the City turns our critic on

It makes no pre­ten­sion to art, but Sex and the City suc­ceeds as a ‘well-honed, char­ac­ter driven, com­edy chick­flick’

The Jewish Chronicle - - Arts&books -



IT WAS ob­vi­ous watch­ing Sarah Jes­sica Parker’s Car­rie Brad­shaw lead­ing her friends Sa­man­tha (Kim Cat­trall), Char­lotte (Kristin Davis) and Mi­randa (Cyn­thia Nixon) in their long-awaited big-screen bow that fans of the cel­e­brated small-screen quar­tet are go­ing to be in “la­bel and love” heaven. The gales of con­tented “civil­ian” au­di­ence laugh­ter that greeted the preview proved that be­yond ar­gu­ment.

Sur­pris­ingly, per­haps, writer-di­rec­tor Michael Pa­trick King’s cin­e­matic fol­low-up to the cult TV se­ries makes highly amus­ing en­ter­tain­ment for non-devo­tees who en­joy well-honed, char­ac­ter-driven com­edy chick flicks. King brings non-devo­tees in­ge­niously up to speed dur­ing the open­ing cred­its be­fore launch­ing into the latest es­capades of the four fortysome­things. Ev­ery­one gets their comic/dra­matic mo­ments, with the fo­cus, en­joy­ably, on Car­rie’s on-off re­la­tion­ship with Chris Noth’s bil­lion­aire “Big”.

Parker’s comedic skills are at­trac­tively show­cased, mak­ing her segues into se­ri­ous­ness even more ef­fec­tive. Cat­trall, Davis and Nixon add di­men­sion to their al­ready pol­ished TV char­ac­ters, as does Noth who broods in the man­ner of a Man­hat­tan Mr Rochester.

Sex and the City makes no pre­ten­sions to art, only to en­ter­tain­ment. And on that ad­mirably un­pre­ten­tious level, it suc­ceeds splen­didly. GER­ALD AARON

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