Magic Mike.

29 May

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When I first heard about Magic Mike my reaction was ‘Yes! Yes! Yes!’ One yes for every day of the week and two for Sunday’s!

However, on viewing the trailer and keeping my eye on the films advertisements, I was really quite afraid for the films release and not in the sense that I was excited about it. The trailers seemed to show less and less of what the audiences, predominantly female I’m sure, wanted to see which is dancing naked men and more of a storyline which could be loosely described as another Step Up movie….and we were already getting one of those that year! However what we get is very much the opposite as there is an ample amount of nakedness.

Steven Soderberghs’ film is based upon Channing Tatum’s own experiences of working in a Tampa nightclub as a stripper before he became an ‘actor’, and shows him as Magic Mike himself who takes Adam (Alex Pettyfer) under his wing and shows him the poles (the word poles being strategically used as a replacement for ropes here – get it?!). Upon entering Mike’s world, Alex soon realises that it’s not all glitz, glam and thongs as club owner and hard-ass Southern stripper Dallas, played by the ever chiselled McConaughey, pushes his limits and shows him the dark side. Pun intended.

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I watched Magic Mike twice before writing this review and the results were really interesting. Not because I was almost taken to Pleasure-town but because the first time I watched it I watched it all the way through, butt-cracks and all, and the second time I was on a train and so skipped through all of the ‘professional dancing’ for fear of embarrassment. And what a difference that dancing makes. Without it the film is a sweet melodrama that reflects its pre-released trailers, a film filled with cheese, a mediocre leading man and a stellar yet poorly used (except for the fact we get to watch them all strip) supporting cast. With it, it’s good. Not great but good.

Empire gave it 4 stars which I find incredibly hard to agree with, and when comparing it to other 4 star rated films from the same magazine such as ‘Shame’, ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ and ‘Senna‘, it further justifies my reasoning for not having a star rating on my blog. The field of film is too wide to quantify into 5 tiny little stars. Undoubtedly what makes Soderberghs’ Magic Mike is not the lack of acting and more the toned, tanned skin of McConaughey, Manganiello, Pettyfer and Tatum being thrust upon us. It is so far away from being a Magical piece of cinema but it is one hell of an entertaining film. If you’re into that sort of thing.

Selling Point – I did mention there were naked men right?

Quote-a-rama – ‘You are the husband they never had! You are that dreamboat guy that never came along!’ Oh and, ‘How pregnant did you get that girl’s mouth last night?’ Class all the way.

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