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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Why Magic Mike was not so Magical.

This past Tuesday night I sadly attended Magic Mike. Along with L,H,Z,A,M,L,A, and M, the group of us attended a showing at the Times Square AMC theater. I am sad to tell you all that the two highlights of the night were when the movie ended and when my good friend H. dropped her phone off an escalator onto a cross beam and we had to go all MacGyver to retrieve it.
Magic Mike is a pointless movie with no direction or real story line. For those of you who don’t know, the film is about male strippers. Surprisingly, Channing Tatum, who was awesome in Jump 21 Street, was actually quite good and by far the most charming character in the film. His past as a dancer came in handy and he was truly believable in the role ( I never thought I would say those words). Some of the supporting cast was good as well including the fellow strippers, Matt Bomer (White Collar), Matthew McConaughey, and Joe Manganiello (True Blood).
The bright spots of the film have to be the club dancing scenes, obviously the movie is quite inappropriate but at least the dancing scenes are fun and Tatum knows what he is doing. Other than that, there is not much in the film. The film takes a serious turn which I believe was a bad mood. The second the film loses its fun atmosphere, the entire film takes a turn for the worse and loses any type of direction. I truly expected more from Steven Soderbergh.  What really sent me over the edge in the film was the performance of Cody Horn, who plays Alex Pettyfer’s sister and Tatum’s love interest. In fact, I struggle to call this a performance. With what seemed like no acting skills, Horn comes off as dull and quite annoying. Taking this into consideration, I am not quite sure why every scene was of her just staring into the camera. She didn’t even need to speak, she literally just stared.
Enough complaining for one post. For all those women out there who want to look at some very good looking men, enjoy the film; for men out there, don’t see this film.

Sex: nudity, both male and female, way too much male
Violence: nothing
Language: very dirty language
Drugs: some drug use
Rated: R
Run time: 110 minutes
Grade: 1 Star

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