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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 read lots of reviews pointing out the looming darkness atop the male entertainers jobs. For me, that seems absolutely ludicrous because the sequel would then be considered a complete 180 on the themes of it's predecessor. Instead, Magic Mike gives us an uncompromising perspective on addiction and the inability to move forward.
While this film suffers from a lack of roundness in it's secondary characters and a rather generic final half hour, apart from the final ten minutes, there is a sincerity here that shines. Through the unconventional hopelessness we se in a certain character and a romantic charge that only fires up during the final moments of the film, we witness a multitude of formula breakage throughout. My…
McConaughey is outrageously on-point here, though it's more of a showcase for the surprisingly multi-talented and just damn charming Tatum, who can do no wrong (except when he does. Ahem.) Pettyfer barely registers and seems well on his way to becoming a model-slash-actor (and not the other way around).
Who knew Soderbergh had it in him? One can only hope the reports of his 'quitting the business' have been greatly exaggerated... Pacing, though - I had no idea it was possible for a movie about strippers to so thoroughly take its damn time. But maybe I should just watch Flashdance (or not. Probably not.)
"He's young, good looking..."
"He can't dance for shit."
"He can't dance for shit... But that is teachable."
I know that the first time I saw Magic Mike was on an incredibly shitty day that required me to do a whole lot of packing things up for storage and that I was doing that packing while it was on, but I thought that I'd been paying enough attention to get the gist of it.
I missed a lot.
Magic Mike, while traveling down some of those same old notes we all know of getting into trouble when things start getting too good and too crazy, is mostly just an infectiously fun movie about going after one's dreams. It's a lot more fun than I remembered it being. McConaughey, especially, looks like he's having the time of his life.
The dumb little stripper movie is definitely worth a watch.
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Magic Mike is tagged as "comedy" pretty much everywhere. IMDb, Vudu, reviews cite it as "funny". Those keywords prepared me for a vastly different movie than what Magic Mike is. You know, with Channing Tatum I thought perhaps a 21 Jump Street, except with male strippers.
Instead Magic Mike is a searing drama. Which, admittedly, is also a tag applied on IMDb. But calling this a comedy would be like saying San Andreas (just to pick a movie at random) is a comedy. Sure, there's some laughs to be had, but you don't look at San Andreas as a comedy because it is so specifically an action film. You could also call San Andreas a romance because there's a love…
MAGIC MIKE is evocative of both SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER and 54. All three films are essentially stories about young "man-child" types living self-absorbed hedonistic lifestyles who then experience a painful epiphany: the good times ain't gonna last forever. In SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER Tony and his gang of Italian friends seek fulfilment and solidarity through sex, violence, ethnic otherness and the familiarity of their Brooklyn ghetto existence. MAGIC MIKE deals with white men in Tampa clawing desperately at the elusive American Dream. Hollywood films typically interrogate the American Dream from a seemingly critical standpoint, only to reaffirm the mythology with compulsory happy endings. Soderbergh's film does not stray from this formula as its lead white character, Channing Tatum's eponymous Mike, turns…
I don't know what I was expecting but I can't believe this is a Soderbergh film
"What can we do in seven hours?"
After ten failed movies i saw of Soderbergh, the first one i really liked of this director is a movie about male strippers. For some reason i always had hope that i would one day see a great Steven Soderbergh movie.
But it's not Soderbergh who deserves all the credit. But also Tatum who shows more of himself (literally) than what we are used to of him. All the cast is very great. Although i would have liked to see more of the rest of the guys. I know that it is Mike, The Kid and in some way also Brooke's story. The realtionship in the team was a little less convincing now.…
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