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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.
Magic Mike is deceptively exhilarating and ingeniously introspective, fully realizing a gleefully energized world while simultaneously illuminating the flaws of its dynamic structure. Ravishing, seductive, and stunningly gorgeous; the mood of Magic Mike contrasts with the material for its "intended" audience, maneuvering through opaque feeling rather than the organized deliriousness of stripping. Well, there's a little of that, but don't worry uptight viewers, this will enthrall anyone.
I'M STILL A MAN EVERYBODY. NO SHAME, NO SHAME AT ALL.
Alright, alright, alright.
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…
I enjoyed Channing, but unfortunately even that couldn't redeem the movie.
Hmmm... Tatum can actually act a bit... who knew?
My first watch was on my own when it first came out on DVD, I remember liking it to an extent but not really wanting to revisit it.
This second viewing came after my last review, Bring It On, a couple more cocktails and with two of my best friends. I enjoyed it a lot more this time around.
I'm not going to lie, there's a lot to enjoy looking at. Not only are there pretty damn attractive men, the general film is shot in a gorgeous way. The colours and style are as seductive as the dancing. I'm not usually a huge dancing fan but even I have to admire the way Tatum moves.
Since I last saw this…
Acting is good, but rather lousy plotline.
The rare look into the world of male stripping.
Goddamn to Channing Tatum gots moves.
Objectively not a great film, but that's not why I was watching. Very enjoyable
Part of what elevates Magic Mike from good to great is Soderbergh's ability to illuminate 'grandiose' into subject matter that's unpretentious and purposeful.
Am l Magic Mike right now talking to you?
l'm not my goddamn job.
That's not who--That's not what l do. That's not me.
lt is what l do, but it's not who l am.
l'm not just--That's why l want to go to Miami.
l don't want to fucking be
some 40-year-old stripper. l want to own something.
So you don't believe anything that l've said to you?
You don't believe any of it?
Mike, l think the question is,
do you believe it?
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Bottom line: While I wanted to find Magic Mike refreshing because of the male sexuality, the lame dialogue and predictable plot ultimately lead to a disappointing movie.
Honestly, I didn't really want to see Magic Mike. I thought it was going to be loud, garish and disappointing. I thought it was going to be riding largely on the spectacle of male strippers, which wasn’t entirely the case.
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