Film Review: MAGIC MIKE

'I thought this film was hilarious and man, can they dance' ...Naomi
MATT BOMER, CHANNING TATUM, ADAM RODRIGUEZ, JOE MANGANIELLO in Warner Bros. Pictures’ dramatic comedy “MAGIC MIKE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Claudette Barius
 My movie going partner had a minor mishap at work & had to hang around and fix it, so I ended up going to this film by myself, plus I was I was expecting it to be lame, so not a great start to the evening. Of course, I wasn't really by myself, being surrounded by an audience bubbling with anticipation & then two shirt-less men in bow ties proceded to dance all over the girls sitting in the aisles, 'thank god I sit in the centre.' That was a preview warm up I will remember.
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CHANNING TATUM as Mike and MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY as Dallas in Warner Bros. Pictures’ dramatic comedy “MAGIC MIKE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Claudette Barius

My guess is the film is not meant to be challenging in any way, just really enjoyable. I was blown away by Channing Tatum's incredible dancing and of course he's not bad on the eyes. All the lads were entertaining and handsome, but the biggest laughs came from Matthew McConaughey, playing 'Dallas', an aging stripper and club owner, it was like he was playing a sleazy parody of himself on the bongo drums and he milked every scene.
It's a nice change to see the quota of semi-naked handsome men outweigh the naked and beautiful women. I'd recommend you leave your boyfriend at home if he's jealous or insecure, but if he's got a sense of humour, this movie is great fun. Leaving the cinema I noticed everyone had a smile on their face & I didn't feel alone at all.

 

ALEX PETTYFER as Adam/The Kid and MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY as Dallas in Warner Bros. Pictures’ dramatic comedy “MAGIC MIKE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Claudette Barius

A bit of synopsis & filmmaker talk...

Mike (Channing Tatum) is an entrepreneur. A man of many talents and loads of charm, he spends his days pursuing the American Dream from as many angles as he can handle: from roofing houses and detailing cars to designing furniture from his Tampa beach condo. But at night... he‘s a male stripper at the 'Xquisite Club, where women scream, laugh and stuff money in the guys duds.
Tatum, who stars and is a producer on the film, recalls, 'I mentioned that I‘d worked as a stripper for eight months when I was 18 and 19 years old. I‘ve always thought about doing a story about that life because whenever the subject comes up, guys always want to know about it. How’d you get into it? What was it like? How much money did you make? Steven (Soderbergh) said,  'You should do it. Absolutely. You should write it and I‘ll direct it.'
'I thought it was one of the best ideas I‘d ever heard for a movie,' says Soderbergh. 'It‘s sexy, funny and crazy, and a view into an interesting, exclusive environment most people never experience.'
ADAM RODRIGUEZ, KEVIN NASH, CHANNING TATUM, MATT BOMER in Warner Bros. Pictures’ dramatic comedy “MAGIC MIKE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Claudette Barius
'None of the characters are based on real people, not even my own' Tatum confirms. 'Everything that happens is fictional, and we did that purposely because we wanted the freedom to create our own scenarios and tell the best story.'

'I think Channing‘s life was probably much crazier than this movie could portray anyway. If we put in the stuff that really happened, no one would believe it' quips his producing partner Reid Carolin. At the same time, he notes, 'We wanted it to be realistic enough to resonate with his experience as a guy struggling to stay afloat, but who also has these almost surreal moments on the weekends when he‘s tearing off his clothes and dancing for a room full of screaming women.'
Cast: Adam Rodriguez, Alex Pettyfer, Channing Tatum, Cody Horn, James Martin Kelly, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Matt Bomer, Matthew McConaughey, Olivia Munn, Reid Carolin and many more.

CHANNING TATUM as Mike and CODY HORN as Brooke in Warner Bros. Pictures’ dramatic comedy “MAGIC MIKE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Claudette Barius

I thought this an odd film choice for Director, STEVEN SODERBERGH, who has directed many a great film before, such as Traffic, Erin Brockovich and Sex, Lies, and Videotape, but I'm glad he made it, I needed a good laugh after seeing so many gloomy cop shows on TV.