AnnaSophia Robb sports the wild blonde ringlets we have come to associate with Sarah Jessica Parker‘s Carrie, and along with it, a wide eyed innocence that had long since left a jaded Carrie by the end of SATC. 16 year old Carrie deals with cliché teen crises, boyfriends, girlfriends, gay friends, old friends, best friends, worst friends and the most prominent continuing plot point is the recent passing of her mother. Having this tragic edge to Carrie, especially being so raw, brings a new dimension to the character and in some ways enhances viewings of SATC as we can sympathise more with Carrie.
The 80s hair and fashion, alongside the youthful cast creates a glamorous edge to suburbia. Carrie’s accidental mentor, Larissa (played by Freema Agyeman, known to many as The Doctor’s companion Martha Jones) is a British breeze, bouncing in and out of Carrie’s life disrupting it as much as delighting it. Carrie’s love interest, one Sebastian Kydd, is a sight for sore eyes with his Macaulay Culkin esque look and brooding tones. All in all, The Carrie Diaries is a bright, chirpy take on SATC, not to be seen as a prequel, just as something new. (Although the number of times her Dad calls her Kiddo does worry me)