Magic Mike

Magic Mike 01 Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Cody Horn, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodríguez, Kevin Nash, Olivia Munn, Gabriel Iglesias, Mircea MonroeMagic Mike: loosely based on Channing Tatum’s early career (supposedly), it depicts the lives of several male strippers; some of whom want to party all the time, but others want more than the superficial lifestyle. Not really sure what the film was trying to convey… life is tough when you’re a stripper? Yeah, it must totally suck to be a handsome, young, guy that women will do anything to bone – SYMPATHY FAIL! McConaughey is on top crazy form – doing that deranged southern thang that only he can do this well. Is Magic Mike essentially Striptease / Showgirls for women? Pretty much, but the main differentiator is that Soderberg is behind the camera, so it’s done with an indie sensibility; and has been coloured/filtered to oblivion. When it comes to the crunch, it doesn’t feel like there’s much of a film in here at all, just an excuse for the ladies (and some guys) to see CT, MMc, Kevin Nash and a few other guys all oily and six-packy.

Score: 5.5/10

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Note: there are a couple of ladies in here… somewhere.

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7 comments
  1. CMrok93 said:

    A lot better than I expected, which is mostly thanks to the wonderful cast and Soderbergh’s inspiration as director. Good review.

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  2. Oooh. That explains the colour.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Yup. Any time you see a movie coloured this extremely, only really a handful of culprits, and SS would be top of my list!

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  3. Pretty weak movie. I have been trying to get around to reviewing this for months, but can’t figure out how to crack it. But yeah, it’s not good. Not good at all.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Yup, sat on this for a while trying to put something together on this… so much ‘meh’ for one movie.

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  4. Dan said:

    I did not know this was based on Channing Tatum’s earlier career. McConaughey is great but other than that I have nothing to recommend about this. Dull and like you, I didn’t see the point.

    …from a marketing perspective, this film was perfect fodder to get huge groups of women lining up for a piece of Tatum. But aside from its eye-candy it had little else on show.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Indeed, spot a gap (hen nights / ladies nights) and plug it with hunks! Just expect a bit more from SS!

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