Ladies, time to grab up all of your singles for a ticket to the sexiest movie this summer. Women everywhere have been waiting for this movie to finally release and now the wait is over. Magic Mike directed by Steven Soderbergh, tells a story of the ups and downs of a veteran stripper, Magic Mike (Channing Tatum) drenched with lots of sweaty dance moves and easy to please stripper clientele. The movie previews definitely provided lots of hype that tends to lead to much let down however; the previews were just a taste of everything this film had in store.
After a jaw dropping, eye candy scene, the film starts off with Mike meeting the lost and directionless 19 year old Adam (Alex Pettyfer) at his day job as a construction worker. Adam, hopping from one job to the other, eagerly searches for a career that fits his desired lifestyle and finds out the hard way exactly what Mike does to keep his cash flowing. Thrown into the world of nightlife entertainment at “Xquisite” run by the egotistical Dallas (Matthew McConaughey), Adam quickly moves up in ranks to a dancer as Mike takes him under his wing for guidance. Fellow dancers Ken (Matt Bomer), Big Richie (Joe Manganiello), Tarzan (Kevin Nash) and others show the new guy bad habits that slowly turn this night job into a life changer. Mike, on the other hand, juggles his heart between two woman, Paige (Cody Horn) and Joanne (Olivia Munn) and continuously looks for his way out of the stripping business to start his own company and live the American dream; but his lifestyle just won’t let him go. The story has drama, comedy and plenty of dance scenes to quench your thirst.
The movie told a straight to the point, non-sugarcoated story of a few months in the life of a male stripper. It showed the audience the “glamorous” side of the business with fast cash, the high life, and easy women along with the gritty and raw side that people tend to forget about. For the most part, the acting was right on point, the pace of the movie flowed, it had a nice blend of comedy and it leaves you satisfied. It was wonderfully choreographed without it seeming as if they were trying too hard. There were times when the cinematography jumped quality but that could have been the director’s intensions.
The film was filled with spice, energy, entertaining dance numbers and plenty of laughs. It lacked a bit in storyline and some of the acting could have used a tad more zest, but let’s face it, it’s a movie about exotic dancers. If you’re looking for an enchanting happily ever after love story, this isn’t it. Magic Mike is a perfect movie for a girl’s night out that will give you the feeling you’re in that strip club “Xquisite.” Ladies, you are in for a very special “R” rated treat. Start thinking of the excuses that you’re going to tell your men now because this is one you cannot miss.
FINAL GRADE: B +
Reel Film News Movie Review by Neshell Hogan