This movie starts out with Carrie Bradshaw getting engaged to the Mr. Big, the love of her life. Everything is set for their extravagant wedding, but then Big backs out and leaves Carrie at the alter. He realizes that he has made a huge mistake and tries to intercept Carrie as she is fleeing the wedding, but she is too humiliated and upset and beats him with her bouquet. Months go by and Carrie refuses to answer Big’s messages, but she continues to be sad and depressed as she copes with her ailing heart. Right before Carrie goes to get the shoes she left in the apartment she and Big were to live in, she is surprised to find him there. As soon as she sees him, all the anger she had towards him is gone and they make up on the spot. He gets down on his knee and proposes again, placing her diamond encrusted shoe on her foot. Carrie finally gets her happy ever after.
Carrie is different from most other Cinderella-like figures we have seen since she is a determined, hard-working, and successful New York woman. She clearly isn’t dependent on Big financially, yet her life does not seem complete to her unless she gets married. Even though Carrie represents the modern woman who can be assertive and reliant upon herself, she still wants her Cinderella ending. Since this movie is very recent (2008), does it seem like society has really changed in that women view marriage as their ultimate achievement? Would critics like Karen Rowe praise Carrie for her self-empowerment, or is she still like most of the typical Cinderella figures we have seen?