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…
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…
Interesting, yet always, strange topic to watch. Simply a really well handled story and great characters, felt like Boogie Nights for a less so porn friendly audience. Really well shot, I really really like Steven Soderbergh. That shouldn't be the first thing that comes into my head after watching a film, but ash time he makes one thats what a think. A great film maker that makes a wide range of stories, tells them well and every time I am entertained and informed.
A glorious throwback to 70s "buddy flicks" like Altman's California Split in the guise of a brainless Full-Monty display, this is the definition of an improbably great film. But great it is: Soderbergh may have never made a better-looking picture, every shot inspired or unexpected, its gritty gold-toned images refreshingly restrained and close up-averse; Tatum, McConaughey and Horn all give (probable) career-best performances, and the film seems to capture a certain je ne sais quois about the cultural climate in America today -- the economic fears, the drugged dubstep hedonism, the longing for connection amidst an increasingly superficial landscape -- better than most purported "satires" like Spring Breakers, precisely because Soderbergh's film has a winningly warm humanism to it that…
Read my NPR review here.
fake fake fake. they would all be gay. Hollywood's fine crazy with this one. also, not hot. sorry. shitty flick
Magic Mike is a terribly executed Boogie Nights rip-off that breezes over the vital scenes and drags out the unimportant sequences. The scenes revolving around drug related portion of the film was the drive, but in the end, it's a mere relationship drama.
Also, C-Tates can't act. What's with the abundant amount of admiration for him?
"Fuck that mirror like you mean it!"
I went in expecting a somewhat entertaining, but slightly mediocre movie about male strippers. I did not leave disappointed.
Steven Soderbergh makes it worth while visually with some decent camerawork and moody greenish yellow lighting, and the male actors all deliver the goods. The script is more or less terrible (predictable and unfocused), but the freshness brought to the story by Soderbergh and his male actors, especially McConaughey, makes it worth the while.
Even though I am an alpha male in both appearance and attitude (lolz) I really enjoyed the stripping scenes. They had a high level of energy, Tatum have some amazing dancings skills, and they don't take up to much time either. They seemed to have a lot of fun shooting this.
Don't expect it to deliver on a rewatch, though.
Made me feel uncomfortable. And I didn't see the point of this movie.
Aiiaiai, mooie mannen maar super slechte en gênante film!