Wednesday, 12 October 2011

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (English) - Movie Review

I have not read the Sisterhood series of books but I definitely loved ‘ The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants’ and when I got the sequel of the movie I just could not help but watch it. The sequel ‘The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2’ retains the original cast of Amber Tamblyn, Blake Lively, Alexiz Bledel and America Ferrera in lead roles as Lena, Tibby, Bridget and Carmen – the four best gal pals since eternity.

The sequel starts off three years after the first movie ended and all four are perusing their personal interests – One is on the soccer team of her university, one is attending school of design, one is majoring in film making and one is attending college. The four again, as in the first movie, move away from each other for summer and as was the practice of the sisterhood each would keep the jeans for a week and would then pass them off to the next with a note. This summer one finds letters from the past tucked away, confronts the father on those and then goes away to an archeological dig and then to face the facts about the letters. The other finds an ex-flame married, goes away to the design school to get into a relationship but fails to find peace in any other relationship that she has. The third ends up consummating her romantic relationship in sex but things go wrong after that and a pregnancy scare puts her off radar from everyone including the sisterhood. And the fourth ends up as lead actress in a prestigious play rather than an actress’s assistant, as she had intended to be, followed by jealousy, backstabbing and insecurities. Amongst all these developments in the lives of the four protagonists the jeans keep getting exchanged with notes but the notes keep becoming less and less personal; and the sisterhood kept going away from each other. The climax is about how the jeans once again in the most unconventional manner bring the sisterhood back together.

This second part is much more saucier and bolder that the first part as the girls have grown up from high school to college and their problems and concerns are different now.  I loved the way the script remains realistic and grounded even if the pants give it a fairytale-ish twist. Though missed the converging shots in the first part, this one again is a well-shot, well-emoted, brilliantly executed movie.

Like the first part you just cannot get off the couch since the movie begins and I repeat Greece is so beautiful, especially the sea. Loved Shohreh Aghdashloo’s voice and dialogue delivery. A fan mam!

iVerdict: Very Good
Rating: 3.75/5      

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