Mike Lane is a thirty-year old living in Tampa, Florida. By day he works as a roofer while at night, as Magic Mike, he is the star attraction of the Kings of Tampa, a group of male strippers. Secretly he wants out in order to further a projected furniture-making business but his credit rating precludes a bank loan for this despite his considerable savings. One night Adam, a teen-aged work-mate of Mike, follows him to the club and, when one of the acts is unable to go on, he is prevailed upon to strip - becoming a huge hit. However success goes to his head and his foolish actions not only threaten to jeopardize his sister Brooke's relationship with Mike but Mike's ambitions as well.Written by
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OK enough movie, no more no less--the stripping scenes pop with life, but the rest is dull filler
Soderbourgh's made a movie that really seems to get the joy of stripping. The scenes that are the movie's reason for being I have to admit are very well shot, well lit, well choreographed, and really get at the joy and pure giddiness that both the guys feel performing and the joy that the women in the audience feel watching them. They're the centerpieces of the film, and the film whatever else you may or may not feel about Channing Tatum's character or the rather vacuous supporting characters orbiting him---those scenes really pop and bring the movie to life. Its unfortunate that everything that's in between those scenes feels like so much filler meant to beef up the film's dramatic quotient so that its not just seen as that dude stripper movie. (Not unlike how Soderbourgh's previous film "Haywire" also only really came to life during the various action scenes of its main character springing to life and doing the real fighting scenes that were that movie's reason for being made and how everything else there was also filler--albeit somewhat more entertaining filler)
I appreciate the efforts that have been taken to make Tatum seem like a three dimensional character with desires to make something of his life that he just can't because of--well various reasons actually (bad credit, not being taken seriously, etc)--none the least is that he can't seem to make up his mind about whether to grow up and pursue a serious adult relationship with an actual woman or continue playing friends with benefits with Olivia Munn's rather fickle and pretty arbitrary character. (or something like that i guess) Tatum like the movie itself is all right---i don't think this is a particularly revelatory performance the way some of the professional reviewers are talking about---he's definitely not John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever here even if their situations and circumstances are similar. (You will not for one second get me to believe that he has even half of Travolta's charisma in that movie here, even if he has the dance moves....frankly Tatum was more Travolta level charismatic in 21 Jump Street.) However Tatum definitely handles the very good monologue Soderbourgh throws at him in the last 20 minutes or so perfectly--and the disillusion that he feels as the movie goes along is believable--although the ending is really pretty inconclusive--its almost as if they didn't wanna end it because they knew a sequel would be imminent--but i don't think there's really any more story to tell here quite honestly. I mean Tatum's character reaches the decision that he makes and then what's left for him or the movie to do except repeat itself with stuff we've already seen? I suppose the sequel could focus entirely on Matthew McConaghey's character or Alex Pettifer's character but neither is really all that fleshed out (no pun intended) to the point that either one could be the main character in their own movie. (although at least McConaghey has a character that could hold your attention with his non-stop patter and admittedly that patter is pretty funny at times.) There's enough in the in between filler scenes that i kinda wish they were better written, or at least better thought out, and not so low key--i understand there was probably an effort to keep all of the non-stripping scenes low energy so to highlight the difference between their club life and their real everyday life--but it just adds to the whole non-club scenes being filler vibe that the film is only too happy to accept. The film isn't bad, its never less than watchable--but really the only time the movie even approaches the level of those stripper scenes is when you see the dancers rehearsing their moves--and not because of the dancing--its just because that seems to be the only other time the movie's energy level actually perks up and manages to even be funny as well, would that the other scenes had as much humor, or any emotion expressed besides Tatum's slightly depressed brooding.
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