Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Sex and the City 2 - Carrie and Big's apartment

First, let me get it out of the way - I HATED this movie.  The storyline was so shallow - not shallow like consumerism, but shallow in that the consumerism wasn't hiding some deeper meaning.  What was great about the show was that sure, they were all pretty and had fabulous jobs and lives, but there was something THERE with them.  And frankly, it wasn't even that pretty.  I thought the four women looked a little - oh, I don't know - just wrong.  Harsh.  The camera angles weren't that flattering - at one point we got a close-up of Charlotte's mouth, complete with fine wrinkles all around.  Considering how photoshopped the promotional posters were, I was expecting a little more post-production work on the film itself.  Notsomuch.

And the clothes.  I was disappointed with the clothes in the first movie, but this round they were even worse.  The most creative thing was putting everyone in cocktail dresses in the middle of the day.

Though I did really like all the gold - not really Carrie's sunglasses in the opening shot, but Samantha's nails when they were in the Middle East were FAB FAB FAB.  Possibly my favorite part of the movie.  Kinda sad.

But what was really sad was Carrie and Big's apartment.  Seriously?  They couldn't keep the penthouse with all that glorious light?

Instead they moved them to a dark and gloomy lower level of the same building.  So maybe the original apartment wasn't available anymore.  Fine, I get that.  But isn't that what set designers are for?

And the reasoning was stupid - they couldn't afford the penthouse anymore so they moved to a new place.  Makes sense, sure, except that later on they said that they kept Carrie's studio apartment because the housing market wasn't good for selling.  So it's a good market to sell a penthouse but not a studio?  More problems I had with this movie.

Anyway.  I was able to find some nice, non-gloomy pictures of this apartment:

But that really isn't how the place looked to me in the theater.  The whole place just seemed like a case against not having overhead lighting.

There was also too much layering of patters, too much wallpaper, too much greige.  I felt like the designer was trying to prove a point that wallpaper is great, that mixing patterns can be done well, that Carrie's all grown up now.  The above picture shows the fun, floral carpet, but it was never noticeable in the movie as well.  It was all close-ups of the two of them in this Miss Haversham-ish space

It was dull, it was uncomfortable, it was boring and it doesn't reflect the current trends in decorating.

Hmm - maybe there is depth to this movie after all. Carrie felt like her marriage was becoming stuffy so she made her apartment stuffy as well.


Allie said...

Did you see this article on AT? A lot of people agree with you and it seems they didn't even see SATC2

Debbie said...

Their picture is even more flattering than the one I have! I swear - in the movie, the apartment is just dark dark dark.

Most of the commenters were being too nice. And I can't trust the opinion of anyone who actually liked the movie. beddybee and Lady J are the only ones I agree with.

Chanel said...

Nice blog! :D

I'd liked to add, that they couldn't keep the penthouse because of the cancelled wedding had led to that they had put up the penthouse on the market again, and when they got back together, it had already been bought.

Debbie said...

Oh you're right! I completely forgot about that.

Though in my defense, that's not how they put it in the movie. They really needed you as a script consultant :)