Sex and the City – The Horror Movie?
20 Jan 2012
It had to happen, of course. Another movie. A prequel with new actors, but all the same, Carrie Bradshaw rises again. Prepare yourself for what could be Sex and the City - The Horror Movie about women whose brains are being devoured by fashion ideals.
Do you remember how great it was? How well-written, daring, sometimes annoying, but still thought-provoking?
Sex and the City was the single women and the homosexual’s revolt against the hegemony of the nuclear family – and went on to become a glamourous lesson in how to enjoy life regardless of whether or not you had a man in it. The lesson of what professor Kathleen Rowe calls ’the unruly woman’ – who positions her self visually as a power factor – something which men have done for ages.
And it was an au revoir to the mythmakings of Meg Ryan and Julia Roberts comedies of the 90’s, where a woman was complete only when scouting Mr. Right.
Also, it was a lot of fun.
Which is more than I can say about the last Sex and the City movie that indeed should have been the last.
Unless, of course, someone had mustered the courage to get writers with a new revolution in mind – (Michael Patrick King had nothing more to say when scripting the 2nd movie and even failed to explore the obvious controversial theme of Big and Carrie choosing not to have children) – and brought us the four friends actually growing older and dealing with that. Not younger, as it now happens with a prequel based on Candace Bushnell’s rather sweet, but insignificant teen novel The Carrie Dairies.
Carrie Bradshaw is now being subjected to the Robert Englund treatment. And no, I am not (only) referring to the several skin alterations that especially Sarah Jessica Parker must be going through these days, but to the endless remakings of Friday The 13th. Ok, so maybe the Friday the 13th films were never that great, but there are many examples of classics whose legacies that have been embarrassed by bad sequels. The Matrix. Halloween. Jaws.
Women who admire Sex and the City have been mocked for being narcissistic material girls with only stilettos on their minds. Unfortunately, Sex and the City – The Movie 2 came pretty close to establishing that as a fact. Sarah Jessica Parker actually explains in the book about the film, how she would dedicate her self to show a favorite pair of Manolo Blahnik’s in a scene. In the early days of the tv show the shoes made a point; the spinster had kicked off her stigma as second rate citizen.
Is Sex and the City is about to rise again and become a new kind of scary movie series? About women whose brain cells are devoured by fashion ideals, perhaps?
I can see them coming! Oh the horror!