'And Just Like That' Episode 2 Review: Brilliant acting brings grief-stricken Carrie to life
HBO Max brings back iconic 'Sex and The City' in a rehash called 'Just Like That'. The brand new series has started with our favorite lasses, Carrie Bradshaw, Charlotte York Goldenblatt and Miranda Hobbes.
The second episode of the reboot has officially left the audience equally shocked, with the death of Mr Big (Chris Noth). A once boisterous and vivacious Carrie is now toned down to a somber, mellow and shattered woman.
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It's always almost impossible to imagine what it's like coping with the loss of someone you love. One can never fully be prepared for the unthinkable but in reality, we learn when it's time to cross those bridges. Carrie Bradshaw was incomplete with Mr Big, and while they had their differences, he is who made her see herself for who she truly was. Having said that, the meaningful and almost pure relationship between the two was an added bonus and highlight of the 'Sex and the City' franchise. Big's smile was enough to have the ladies, both on-screen and among the audience, swoon. Their relationship was something else. It was real.
It won't come to any as a surprise when Big's abrupt heart attack gets Carrie completely out of sorts. We notice that she gets no sleep at all, hardly cries throughout the funeral, and her knowing smile is a far cry away at this point. It almost seems that her guests at the memorial service were a lot more upset than she was. Although Carrie doesn't know how to express her grief in an obvious way, it seems like it's the little things for her. While deciding on the funeral, she exclaims, "He would hate it here". Prior to getting ready for the event, she walks into Big's cupboard and holds his suits close to her heart.
Carrie also keeps a firm stand on the "No flowers" policy except for the long trail of white ones placed on the casket, courtesy of her darling friend Samantha. While Carrie does not give a eulogy at the funeral, Miranda does, reading out what Carrie would have wanted to say. This scene is easily the highlight of the entire episode. You can see a completely broken Carrie, all the while staying calm and enjoying the music.
Just when Carrie sighs in relief after being complimented several times for the beautiful memorial service, she receives a package: it's Big's ashes in an urn. The final leg of the episode shows a now insomniac Carrie, as she tosses and turns to get some sleep. She walks over to the couch in the hall, lying next to a boxed-up Big, shutting her eyes.
Two episodes of 'And Just Like That' can be streamed on HBO Max. Stay tuned to follow more, every week.