‘The Carrie Diaries’ premiere review: Meet the new Carrie Bradshaw

The Carrie Diaries“Sex and the City” fans had high hopes for “The Carrie Diaries” – so did it live up to expectations?

Even though AnnaSophia Robb did a great job as a young Carrie Bradshaw it was difficult to buy into the family history of the character knowing what we do about Carrie’s past from “Sex and the City”.  In “The Carrie Diaries”, Bradshaw lost her mother at 16 and her father was thrown into raising his two daughters all on his own, but Carrie’s already established history is that her father checked out on her at a very young age and she never met him again. Also – no mention of a sister.

Another part of Carrie’s pre-established history is that she had her first time with a guy named Seth, but in the show her friend Mouse is the one who has her first time with a guy named Seth, so who will be Carrie’s first?

We had a chance to meet Sebastian Kydd, Carrie’s love interest (and first kiss) and while he’s definitely a cutie, as an actor there’s something to be desired.  Carrie’s sister Dorritt was a pleasant surprise and with a juicy role as an angst ridden teenager, it’s easy to see that the actress was having fun with the part. The father is what really threw the whole feel of the show off – because of Carrie’s history of not having any guidance from a man in her life (and leading her into a life of asking questions about men in her column), seeing a supportive, loving father doesn’t add up to the Carrie she becomes.

While in New York (shopping at Century 21) she meets Larissa, an editor for Interview magazine who wants to shoot her purse for the magazine, but the weird thing about the “opportunity” is that this woman is a kleptomaniac and has already roped Carrie into helping her steal something from the store and Carrie doesn’t see anything wrong with what’s happened – odd for a girl that gave her sister hell earlier that day for stealing.

What we really liked about the show is that they focused on the fashioned and New York, something that still rings true to the Carrie Bradshaw we already know and love, but other then that there was no other glimmer of her in the series and that was really sad to see.

Did you like the premiere of “The Carrie Diaries” or is Carrie’s background so different that it’s hard to take this seriously?  Leave us a comment and tell us what you think.

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