My tastes are never deliberately contrarian but often my ideas go against a general consensus due to the fact I…
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.
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…
Shitty acting but lots of eye candy. Yum.
Loved the first half, depressed as Hell the second. Pretty much what I've heard to expect, an artsy drama about male strippers, but really enjoyed the fun parts of it. Also, Fluffy as a drug dealer.
In Magic Mike, the trope of young-apprentice-forced-into-sexually-awakened-spotlight is refreshingly gender flipped.
There's something obviously subversive about the role reversal, but the film's presentation of sex feels far too familiar, mirroring many of the countless macho sex fantasies on screen.
The film includes seemingly sincere attempts to align its gaze with female spectatorship in its stripping sequences, which are ultimately the most memorable moments. It's the effective and fresh aesthetic in these musical sequences that is simultaneously classical and groundbreaking.
Unfortunately, some following scenes too often devolve into common (and safe) Hollywood sexuality. The young dancer's first sex experience following his "cherry-popping" performance is inarguably tied back to his male perspective. This makes some sense in the context of his story,…
i am so Straight oh my god
This was somehow both exactly what I thought it would be and the opposite of what I thought it would be.
I think Soderbergh's career has been up and down but he's never less than interesting even when the movies don't work like Haywire or Bubble. But I love what he's up to with The Knick lately. I never got around to seeing Magic Mike. Soderbergh said it was a great idea for a movie. It is. The execution itself is spotty. Much of the direction lacks personality. The story wants to be Saturday Night Fever (in other words less about the dancing). It does that but lacks that film's gritty 70's vibe and I'd love to have seen that version. McConaughey's sleazy club boss/MC points to a different more interesting movie. Much time is wasted on Pettyfer and Horn's charisma…
It's nice. When it came out people started to talk about this so much that I doesn't even wanted to watch. (That's me, I don't like to watch or do things everyone is doing) Then, my sister wanted to watch this and I decided to give it a try.
The movie is fine. It's not THAT BIG DEAL people said in 2012, but we can have a good time watching it. The story is good, the photography is nice and the dance moves made me want to be a striper (I'm kidding).
I'll watch the XXL now. People talked too much about this sequel too, maybe it's better. Let's see.
Well, that's who the law says that you cannot touch. But l think l see a lot of lawbreakers up in this house tonight.
Probably the most entertaining movie I've seen in a long time, Magic Mike works well during it's tamer moments, but sizzles during it's dance sequences. Tatum leads and McConaughey supports fantastically. Also watching this made XXL make a hell of a lot more sense.
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