well, i'm not going to do a review of sex & the city 2 because i haven't seen the film and don't intend to spend my hard earned cash going to see it. i can't say i'm a fan of SATC, because i never followed it on tv, though i have seen a few of the late night reruns when they were on. i didn't bother with the first movie either.
i'm not totally against SATC, in that there are things i like about the concept. it's nice to have a programme where women have strong and supportive friendships, where women get to be assertive and sassy. also liked that the women were different ages, and it had something positive to offer in regards to the portrayal of older women.
but as i said, when the movies come out, they didn't inspire me to go watch at all. and i wouldn't have had any opinion of SATC 2 at all until i watched a clip of stephen colbert doing his thing about this film. and it made me so angry that i can't bear to watch him again. talk about slut-shaming, misogynistic crap - and i mean literally, cos he was actually using words like slut and whore. he seemed to have a real problem with women being assertive about their sexuality, which makes me wonder what's up with him. then later in that same episode, while interviewing an author about a motherhood type book released on mother's day, he asks the guy if there are any milf's in it. so, um, he wants women to be slutty just so he can rip them to shreds for being slutty? a**h*le.
and there are apparently plenty of reviews ripping into the SATC women for looking old and similar stuff - i'll take woman & hollywood's word for that. so much of this type of criticism of the film seems to be filled with an underlying hatred of women and films about or for women.
but the area that interests me the most (predictably) is the setting in abu dhabi, the way the film deals with arab culture and its depiction of muslim women. i've been looking for a muslim woman's view of the whole thing, pretty unsuccessfully at the moment. there's been a lot said about how the film is anti-muslim, or maybe just uninformed:
Sex and the City 2 frames the Middle East in a quintessential Orientalist worldview, but the worldview comes from a group of women known for their failures in love, not their understanding of international cultures and norms.
One current running through SATC2 is Carrie's immature understanding of marriage, so rather then label Sex and the City "anti-Muslim," maybe audiences should consider the film's offending portrayal of Arabs and Muslims as an immature understanding of the Middle East. And just as Mr. Big vows to help Carrie better understand marriage, perhaps Muslims and Arabs should help the West better appreciate a part of the world greatly romanticized and little understood.
then there is this piece by wajahat ali, which i don't like much because of its sexist undertones, but he does make some interesting points:
Michael Patrick King’s exquisitely tone-deaf movie is cinematic Viagra for Western cultural imperialists who still ignorantly and inaccurately paint the entire Middle East (and Iran) as a Kubla Khan in desperate need of liberation from ignorant, backward natives. Historian Bernard Lewis, the 93-year-old Hall of Fame Orientalist and author of such nuanced gems as “The Arabs in History” and “Islam and the West,” would probably die of priapism if he saw this movie. It’s like the cinematic progeny of “Not Without My Daughter” and “Arabian Nights” with a makeover by Valentino. Forget the oppressed women of Abu Dhabi. Let’s buy more bling for the burqa! [...]
OK, a bubble gum approach to reality is to be expected from “SATC2.” And one could imagine a scenario in which the frothy light comedy could be used to erase mutual misunderstandings. After all, Muslim women around the world, who religiously watched the show, would love a strong, empowered Muslim female “SATC” character who could enlighten Western audiences about the complex, and at times oppressive, reality of Middle Eastern women while simultaneously rocking Ferragamos. Instead, the film exists in a wacky cultural vacuum blissfully unaware of its own arrogance and prejudices.
Apparently, we’re meant to believe Muslim women in the Middle East are equally self-absorbed, vain and materialistic. After completely dissing the Middle East, its people, its religion and its culture, it’s “Sex and the City” that truly insults the Muslim women, by silencing them entirely.
so this is my "not review" - more of a look at other people's reviews. nothing i've seen or read so far persuades me to go watch it, not even for a thumbing of my nose in the direction of mr colbert and his ilk.