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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…
The thing that annoys me the most about Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike is that it is insanely predictable - being predictable alone does not mean that the film is bad, but it does when the film doesn't surprise you once in a two-hour period, that's a real shame. Channing Tatum plays himself in this underwhelming comedy that doesn't make you laugh once, and although I respect his character's intentions (the boy who wants to change his life and finally do something that makes him proud of himself, to leave the world of women, drugs and easy money and create his own business with his own products), I just cannot care about him, the feeling that describes my relationship with the…
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…
Channing Tatum still dances fucking well.
Matthew McConaughey can sing surprisingly well.
Nothing else is worth mentioning.
Well this is basically a movie that you would either watch with a bunch of friends during a movie night and have a laugh, or with your significant other with the intent of getting it on afterwards. If you fall in the later category then consider this a 5-star recommendation. ;D
I have no excuse for watching this film
Much better than I was expecting; chalk that up to Soderbergh's immense talent.
All right, all right all right... Matthew McConaughey, you da man!
I watched this after Mad Max.
This was... it isn't my typical movie, but I really wanted to watch it. I felt like I was walking in on their lovemaking preparations, but also like I wasn't? I couldn't stop watching it, but watching it made me realize how innocent I am. >.> I'm merely a twenty-four-year-old with a drinking permit and a license to drive.
A lot better than I expected (feel like a douche for saying that.) It's good for more than female gaze. Tatum as the titular character embodies that concept as a charismatic 30-something male stripper who wants more from life, but isn't taken seriously. Rare to see a film deal with masculinity & male self-esteem issues like this does. Not to mention the cinematography is GREAT.
I love stories about strippers and this one was even better than I expected. Were you waiting for a serious film? really?
Just enjoy it.
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