Magic Mike

BB.5

(out of 5)


plays a member of a male exotic dance revue who longs for something more: he takes the piles of cash that are stuffed into his underwear strap every night and is saving to become a real estate tycoon. He meets young, aimless and decides to give the kid a chance in the club he dances in, working for their oily, charming boss . Pettyfer is instantly a hit with the ladies (which is odd considering how much of the film he spends looking like he needs to wash his hair), and while Tatum starts charming Pettyfer’s adorable sister, the young whippersnapper begins to think of his job as a free ride: sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll get out of hand while his mentor keeps hoping his sense of discipline will win out. Steven Soderbergh’s examination of the commodification of flesh is not an all-out exploitation of the men it examines, and in a way that’s a shame. It’s not a particularly shy movie, but it could do with some rebellious sexiness; the way the characters are constantly begging to be taken seriously despite what they do for a living makes them somewhat boring to watch, particularly considering that all the performances (including a very handsome and surprisingly non-charismatic ) pale in comparison to McConaughey’s hysterically wicked turn as the man who has, quite frankly, been in the business far too long. The rise and fall of both main characters leaves a lot to be desired, particularly as Tatum’s acting abilities come nowhere near his dancing talents (which are relegated to a few measly montage sequences). On the other hand, the revelation of flesh is far too tame to make it anything worth writing home about.


USA, 2012

Directed by Steven Soderbergh

Screenplay by

Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh

Produced by Reid Carolin, , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by Steven Soderbergh


Cast Tags:  


New York Film Critics Award
Best Supporting Actor (Matthew McConaughey)

National Society of Film Critics Award
Best Supporting Actor (Matthew McConaughey)

Independent Spirit Award
Best Supporting Male (Matthew McConaughey)


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