Movie Review: Magic Mike
[media-credit name="Courtesy of Creative Commons" align="alignleft" width="300"][/media-credit]Question, and this one goes out to the ladies: Have you have ever seen a male stripper and his act? I must confess I have but it was NOT my idea! I attended a divorce party a few years ago and someone had hired one to come to the house as a present for the honoree.
I had no idea what to expect because I had only been to one strip club in my life, and it wasn’t men stripping. Begrudgingly but curious, I went with some neighbors on a dare…yes, that’s the truth. It was very dark, extremely loud and the girls just sort of sauntered around on the stage and attempted some pole dancing. To be honest, it was a little bit of a let down as it was nothing like I had seen in the movies. (Alright, I have seen Striptease and Showgirls, but I was sort of expecting The Full Monty - HEY! NOT THAT! Geesh!)
So, the male stripper just walks in the party and begins. The hooting and hollering that occurred nearly deafened my ears. Embarrassed and trying not to laugh at what I was seeing, I hid in the next room as the performance took place. Also, I was trying not to see my friends sit in a chair while the stripper did his “routine” with them. By the end I felt bad for the guy but realized this was a way for him to earn some extra money. In fact, stripping wasn’t his main career. He was a fireman.
Now with all that said, did you think I would or would not be excited to see Magic Mike – a film about male strippers in Tampa, Florida? Actually, I was very excited to see the film. Now get your minds out the gutter, people. Haha. I first wanted to see this because Steven Soderberg directed it. Second, I am really starting to like Channing Tatum, as an actor. I have reviewed a few of his movies now and been quite impressed with him. Lastly, okay, I will admit it, the boys of Magic Mike looked hot!
I saw Magic Mike on a Tuesday afternoon around 1pm and it was packed – packed with WOMEN (and two men). This was not my first attempt at seeing the new film. In fact, I tried to see it the night before but it was sold out. I have never seen… SO many women… of ALL ages… at the cinema in my life. They all must be huge fans of Soderberg, right?
Okay, okay I will get serious now. What did I think of the film? Well, it ended up being a bit of disappointment, as far as the story goes. Sorry ladies, but never fear, there were parts that were, um, pleasurable and a fun time.
As I mentioned, I am a fan of Soderberg, especially of his earlier work: Out of Sight, Traffic, and Ocean’s 11. And I have also enjoyed some of more his more recent work with Contagion and Haywire, even though they didn’t fare well in the theatres. Soderberg has to be one of the best filmmakers Hollywood right now. But overall Magic Mike missed the mark for me as a cohesive story.
Channing Tatum plays Mike (or Magic Mike, his stage name), a wanna-be “entrepreneur” with a heart of gold but to me he seemed clueless as to what his life (i.e. business, jobs and relationships) is all about. The film starts out with him “helping” a young kid (19 years-old) by introducing him to male stripping. The film goes on with Mike’s life and business goals and he is just oblivious as the kid gets deeper and deeper into the world of stripping, women and drugs. Mike is supposed to be a sympathetic character but somewhere along the story-line some details arose that threw it off for me. And it lost my overall interested especially at the very end. It just didn’t seem authentic.
However, there were parts of this film that were fun to watch, some that were very funny, and I can honestly say that I have never seen Matthew McConaughey quite that way before. And I am sure you all want to know about the strip scenes. Well, those were…entertaining with a slice of embarrassing, but that could be just me. Seeing men in thongs just doesn’t do it for me, but the shirtless parts were just fine. Also, Channing Tatum can dance. WOW! He was a real life stripper before he made his breakout in Hollywood in Step Up, so he knew what he was doing. However, some of the guys didn’t look they had a clue how to dance but I suppose the women weren’t there to see their two-steps.
So, if you are out to see hot men, strip down, shake their “thing” and make you smile, then Magic Mike might be a good time for you. However, if you are looking for a fully functional story, this one falls a little limp.
Directed by Steven Soderberg, Warner Bros. Pictures, 2012
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Length: 110 minutes
My favorite part of this film: I can’t believe I am about to admit this (and my parents will read it), the scenes in the strip club. Nice work, boys.
My least favorite part: Magic Mike’s dilemmas: they just didn’t match up.
Review: 6 out of 10
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