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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…
Another in the line of "Soderbergh-for-fun" titles that diverge from the highbrow side of his film ledger. As with other like the Ocean's (Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen) series and Haywire, Magic Mike is a breezier style of storytelling that doesn't pause long for deep reflection.
Mike (Channing Tatum) is a nice guy from Tampa Bay who has a handful of cottage industry projects (construction, car detailing, handmade furniture) he dreams of turning into full time money maker. In the meantime he makes a good living as a male stripper at Club Xquisite, run by a loveably serpentine Texan named Dallas (Matthew McConaughey). Mike meets "The Kid," a 19 year-old knockabout (Alex Pettyfer) and takes him under his wing as an apprentice…
Never thought I'd enjoy a movie about male strippers so much, but I had to see it because it's Soderbergh. He did not disappoint, with a great mixture of laughs and drama. McConaughey steals every scene he's in.
One of the most incisive and introspective commentaries on the Great Recession. Soderbergh and Tatum sure pulled a fast one.
I feel I'm not the target audience for this. Even so, leaving the rating as-is.
Matthew McConaughey me ha parecido brutal y tiene algún momento interesante, pero termina siendo todo de lo mas conservador y predecible, en fin, una mas del montón a pesar del buen quehacer de Soderbergh tras las cámaras (lo mismo que me paso con Haywire pero otro género).
I love being surprised. I love, love, love being surprised by finding a diamond in the rough. This isn't exactly a spectacular diamond, but it's incredibly fucking good.
The directing is captivating, the screenplay is smart and engaging, the cinematography is smart and stylish, the music is okay, I guess, and yes, Channing Tatum is incredible. It's amazing that people feel it's still cool to knock him on his acting, when he grown fucking leaps and bounds, and is a fantastic leading man now.
Incredibly well done. Can't wait for the sequel.
It sounds strange me liking this movie but I did.
Damn, leave it to Steven Soderbergh, one of the most dull directors of our time, to make a movie about male strippers that ends up objectifying women.
Well, there's still something here if you think seeing fading ex-wrestler Kevin Nash not have lines because he doesn't want to memorize them and continuously screw up complex choreographies, and one beautiful shot of a discussion where the camera is placed next to an active penis pump, it's the perfect movie for you!
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- There Will Be Blood
- Under the Skin
- G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
- Judge Dredd
- Mars Attacks!
- Bad Boys II
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- Miss Bala
- The Turin Horse
- This Is Not a Film
This list combines the two checklists The A.V. Club published last year: