Being a huge fan of the television show, I was super excited when I first found out there would be Sex and the City movie. When it came out, I was happy to see that the characters all remained true to the show, the overall feel was the true to the show, and Carrie and Big were married! So I thought that the first movie fit in nicely as an extension of the series. So I was really happy when I heard they were doing a second one. I was expecting something fun and lighthearted. And while I did enjoy the movie, I left feeling cheated out of something. And then I realized what that was. Aiden. Aiden was definitely one of my favorite characters in the whole show. While I am Team Big, that is only because he is best suited for Carrie. In my honest opinion, Carrie never deserved Aiden. I couldn’t help but wonder why they changed Aiden so much in such a short amount of time.
The last time we saw him, he was happily married with a new baby. After Carrie broke his heart twice, it was nice to see the cute, kind, overall good guy Aiden happy. It was a good way to close the Aiden storyline and make way for the Big/Carrie finish. Let’s not forget that Aiden broke up with Carrie the first time they were together because she cheated on him with a married Big. He was devastated, and he almost didn’t forgive her when she later asked for a second chance. They broke up again because she wasn’t ready to get married. In the second movie, they run into each other in Abu Dhabi and have dinner. Carrie is feeling like she and Big have become an old boring married couple after two years of marriage, so she decides to live dangerously and have dinner with Aiden. She tells him she married to Big, and he confesses that he already knew, because his wife showed him an online article. He informs her that he is still married with three boys. Later, as they take a walk, Aiden kisses her. She kisses him back before eventually running away. The last image we have of Aiden in the whole Sex and the City universe is him standing there looking hurt like Carrie broke his heart for a third time.
This deeply bothered me. This is not the Aiden we came to know from the show. That Aiden was very loyal and good. He was distraught when Carrie cheated on him with Big and marriage was something that was very important to him. He was very traditional and goodhearted. The Aiden from the movie was a potential cheater with three young kids at home. Not only that, but his storyline is now closed with the image of him doing something wrong and inappropriate, and his crestfallen face when she runs away from him in Abu Dhabi. I much preferred seeing him standing on the New York City street, baby strapped to his chest, and a smile on his face. The sweetest and least flawed character on the show was turned into someone else. Well, actually, someone more like the Big of old. The Big that Carrie fell in love with from the pilot episode. Coincidence?
I think ultimately they changed part of what made the show so great just to generate more box office revenue, which I don’t think does anyone any good; not the viewers, not diehard fans, and not the lovable character of Aiden.
This wasn’t the only thing wrong with the movie. The show was all about their lives in New York City, but the majority of both movies were shot somewhere else. It also felt too slap-stick at times, and the serious parts were almost cheesy at some points. I also wish that Harry, Steve, and Smith were in it more, and Stanford and Anthony’s wedding seemed almost random. There were also some great parts, like one of my favorite dresses from the show (the Dior newspaper dress that Carrie wore to apologize to Big’s ex-wife Natasha for their affair) and the fact that Big and Carrie had a sweet moment at the end. I also liked seeing the human side of Charlotte and Miranda saying that she finally got to see something that Brady did because she quit her job. I have always loved every situation Carrie and Co. have gotten into, and overall the movie was lighthearted and fun just like I hoped it would be. If it weren’t for the Aiden storyline I would feel much better about it than I do, but as always, it left me wanting more SATC.