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Mike, an experienced stripper, takes a younger performer called The Kid under his wing and schools him in the arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money.
Despite the positive word of mouth the thought of a Steven Soderbergh male stripper movie never sounded appealing and the end results were as disappointing as expected. I can only assume that the film was well received purely because people got to see Hollywood celebrities wear very little clothing and grind their crotches in women’s faces because it certainly wasn’t because of the story. As with all of Soderbergh’s recent films, Magic Mike, feels incomplete. Sub plots are started and then briefly explored before being abandoned entirely, characters are given the scantest development (just like their wardrobe) and it generally lacks any real drive or interesting central focus.
For the second film running, Matthew McConaughey steals the show. His turn…
It ain't no Showgirls, that's for sure!
Magic Mike, how do I loathe thee, let me count the ways.
1. Channing Tatum. I don’t know why, but images of David Hassleholf spring to mind whenever I see you onscreen.. Perhaps it’s your simian acting style. I guess you thought your real-life stripper story was going to be the next Rocky, and that you had the heart and soul ( and talent ) to pull it off on screen. I’m sure you did. What I see is a popular High School quarterback in the school play. Sure, it sells tickets, but it’s embarrassingly awful to watch.
2. Cody Horn. You deliver about as much charisma and emotion as a Stepford Wife on prosaic. Your dad being the chairman…
A couple things I realized while watching this:
1) I was right in my assumption that thrusting my pelvis into a woman's face is a total turn on for her.
2) I just need to stop watching Soderbergh's movies.
I know that I am completely alone in my total ennui towards this guy, and I'm cool with that. But how did he elevate this material? By shooting everything through a doo doo-stained filter like he always does? I could put on Coyote Ugly and mess with the color controls for that, thanks.
Okay, so maybe he toned down the visual flair to focus on working with the actors to create interesting characters. Let's see, Matthew McConaughey's portrayal of Matthew McConaughey…
I am torn.
This is possibly one of the worst films I've ever seen. I wanted to walk out 20 minutes in, by 40 minutes in I rued having had that coffee that was preventing a good snooze, and by the 90 minute mark I was angry that it hadn't ended yet. I came out declaring that next to Pauline at the Beach this was definitely the worst I'd seen. There were a few interesting camera shots and McConaughey was fantastic, but his performance stood out like a sore thumb, most of the dialogue was inane and the audio mix was terrible in too many spots to count.
And yet, there was something nagging me about the structure of the…
Steven Soderbergh is the kind of director who apparently can make movies about everything. He seems to be on a temporary break from film making, I can only wish that this break doesn’t last much long. In Magic Mike he focuses on the life of a male stripper who is surrounded by women, money and glamour but despite all these something more important and deeper is absent in his life which makes it less joyful. Magic Mike tells its story in three different months, in June Mike is having fun, he enjoys his life more than before and seems like nothing can reduce his pleasure. In July the first signs of his unsteady situation show themselves and finally in August…
A movie so awesome that it makes me wanna be a male stripper. C-Tates is the MAN
I would give a lower rating to this but...I am only human. Those are some hot naked bodies. And even though Channing Tatum's acting is pretty average his dancing is most definitely not. All hotness aside though it doesn't have much else going for it. Except Matthew McConaughey.
Except for a couple of moments, I´m surprised how harmless and naive is the background of the movie.
Matthew McC is the only thing worth remembering in Magic Mike ..... and is a very minor character.
The rest doesn´t bother me, but neither captive.
A hot movie about hot male strippers you see Matthew McConaughey's butt and Potato Channing can really friggin' dance! WOOO
It's seriously really great!
I heard so many good reviews for this film that I had to eventually check it out. And it's very good. It’s a peek into the life of male strippers which, in itself, is fascinating to an extent. Channing Tatum, who I am a fan of since I saw him in 21 JUMP STREET, takes you through this world, and Matthew McConaughey is the seasoned pro. What’s special about this movie is its low-key moments with the characters and their interactions, seeing what makes each of them tick, as well as the directing. By the end of the movie, I was looking forward to learning who the director was and was shocked to see Steven Soderbergh made it. Shocked because I should have already known that. The guy is a master of visual styles, and the film's look and the treatment he gives the characters/actors is top notch.
The magic in Magic Mike is completely lost on me. Male strippers, close to no real engaging narrative and an alarming abundance of shit acting. How did I get here again? Oh yes, that was it. Matthew bloody McConaughey. As I write this, I am listening to the Interstellar score with those Hans Zimmer organ melodies rushing to my ears, internally crying with confusion as to how the actor of the moment got from this to that. Winding back the clock can be a distressing experience but I’ll try my best to find some positives.
Channing Tatum is Magic Mike: roof tiler and aspiring entepeneur by day; stripper by night (oh, god). He takes the emotionless Adam (Alex Pettyfer) under…
A male stripper teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women, and make easy money.
I generally like Steven Soderbergh and while I found enough in Magic Mike to enjoy it won't go down as one of his works that people will be talking about in years to come. Channing Tatum introduces a young workmate Alex Pettyfer to the world of male stripping in a real piece of plot contrivance, and wouldn't you know it he ends up going down a storm on is first night.
The stripping is only a part of it, we discover that Tatum's Mike has dreams of starting a business but because of bad credit rating can't get a loan from the bank.…
a bit shallow. but a lot of fun.
Wauw. This was not good.
I mean.. Wauw.
But then there's Matt M & Channing - so..
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