I'm not a fan of the term "Guilty Pleasure" so I decided to make my list called the "Fuck you,…
Work all day. Work it all night.
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.
It ain't no Showgirls, that's for sure!
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…
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…
Magic Mike takes a little while to get going, and some of it is a little too easy (Mike and Adam's friendship especially), but for someone willing to sit and listen to the story (me) it definitely has some strong suits. As a man who has only ever had dead-end jobs (although never stripping specifically) I found myself deeply sympathizing with Mike and his plight. Some of the dance spectacle things are actually quite entertaining as well, and Soderbergh's cinematography is compelling and effective (there are some unique angles and more than a few shots longer than the industry standard).
Would that it were a bit deeper, but an undeniably fun time as is.
I know I'm not the target audience for this but it was ok. Matthew McConaughey is the best part of the movie and it suffers whenever he isn't on screen.
Soderbergh movies are just smart, and this one's no exception. It's also well-acted and funny as hell. Channing Tatum is a solid actor, and unlike his co-star, Matthew McConaughey (who steals every scene he's in of course), he's lucky he didn't have to go through years of crappy rom-coms before he could prove it. Mike has aspirations of bigger and better things, but instead of heavy-handed dialogue, Soderbergh uses simple scenes and shots, such as the one in which he's flattening out crumpled bills. Probably pretty standard end-of-the-night procedure for a stripper, but there's depth to it since we're invested in this character. Soderbergh knows how to get great performances out of Tatum, and I hope to see another collaboration in the future.
Actually a bit more stripping than I was anticipating. I'm okay with that, of course, but I also appreciated the substance!
I have the hots for Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer.
This story doesn't really go anywhere surprising, but the performances really sell it. This is a character driven piece and the characters are admittedly pretty good. But now (even in a summary of a review) it's probably important to address the elephant in the room: The stripping scenes!
Well I must admit that the stripping scenes are over-the-top and yet highly creative, so far from tapping my foot and waiting for them to end, I actually found those bits highly entertaining. One particularly memorable routine features the strippers all dressed as marines while Matthew MacConaughey stands in the middle wearing a glittery top hat decorated by the stars and stripes and brandishing a stripey marching pole. After some military chanting…
I liked this movie and wanted to like it more. Some great acting, novel and fascinating environment and genuinely likable leads. It would have been a great film if it had better characterization and that's what really held it back. The central romance was sweet and winning, but a bit thin. Mike's delusional interview at the bank was heartbreaking, but nowhere near as powerful as Boogie Nights. I also had a big problem with the introduction of the Kid into the dance world. It was an awesome and pseudo believable setup with him thrust out there and he played it perfectly. My problem was the realization that this random shy boy introduced into the world of stripping just happened to…
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