Sunday, July 1, 2012
Magic Mike review; a fun and entertaining strip fest
Steven Soderbergh is basically Hollywood royality at this point in his career. The man can do no wrong in the eyes of many. And even if he is perceived to have "done wrong", people throw him a muligan and call it a valiant effort (Haywire). This time around he's telling a much lighter story, one that mirrors the life of its star. Magic Mike is of course being coined "The Male Stripper Movie", that's accurate to a certain extent. It is very loosely based on Channing Tatum's life in Tampa, Florida as a male exotic dancer. Let's go.
What I liked about the film:
The Stars of the Show
Channing Tatum is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors. In the past year, I think he's proven he's a versatile actor; starring in movies with a broad range of subject matter and genres. From The Vow to 21 Jump Street and now Magic Mike. His character is the lead of a male stripper group; in some situations is very carasmatic and totally confident, and in others he has to be vulnerable and weak. I think Tatum is going to have quite the career, watch.
The other guys in the stripper group are really just supporting actors there to show off their bodies. The only supporting actor that gets anything to sink his teeth into is Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four). He plays a 19 year old kid that is broke and living with his sister, played by Cody Horn (Flipped). Pettyfer idiolized Tatum's character once he discovers his job and lifestyle. After a few funny events, Pettyfer is now dancing with the group. He did a nice job of showing how fast a young man could fall into an unhealthy lifestyle.
Reid Carolin. Nicely done.
What I didn't like about the film:
Gina Carano in Haywire, and now Horn in this film. Considering she doesn't have much screen time, I'll overlook this aspect of the film.
Not Perfect, but Fun