Magic Mike Movie Review: Somewhat enjoyable, but looking for more Magic in “Mike”

I hate when the movie trailers advertise one thing and you get another.  False advertising!  So was the case with Magic Mike.  Leading up to the release, I’d get giddy every time I saw the commercial come on with Channing gyrating his hips while the “Moves like Jagger” song was playing in the background.  So naturally, I thought the movie was going to be one of those cheesy movies with more stripper dance sequences than actual dialogue.  You know, the kind where the dialogue ends up being one-liners that get the crowd all riled up because they are so bad they’re good.  I had high hopes that it was going to be THAT kinda of movie.  But alas, the movie tried to deliver more.  I should have known since it is a Soderbergh flick.  There actually is a plotline where we get a glimpse at the “darker” side of the stripping industry.  Without giving too much away, here’s the synopsis from Rotten Tomatoes:

Set in the world of male strippers, Magic Mike is directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars Channing Tatum in a story inspired by his real life. The film follows Mike (Tatum) as he takes a young dancer called The Kid (Pettyfer) under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money.

Honestly, the plotline didn’t really hold my interest.  I just wanted more dancing!  The best part of the movie is Channing Tatum’s moves as the headliner Magic Mike.  He definitely uses his talents from his past life to his advantage here and it’s clear as he shines above the rest of the cast (although Matthew McConaughey is not so bad).  While all the other male actors are just taking off their clothes for the show, Tatum demonstrates artistry beyond stripper moves. He’s a pretty good dancer with great control, timing, and expression.  One other thing I’ll mention is that it’s not believable that The Kid (played by Pettyfer) would be such a huge draw as a newbie stripper.  He’s kinda greasy looking in the movie with raggedy hair.  Points docked there.

All in all, a somewhat enjoyable movie (it was alright).   Just needed a bit more magic from Mike!


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