Well, where should I begin. I knew this film was going to be pretty sexy, but I still wasn’t prepared for the heat that Magic Mike gives rises to. Four extremely hot strippers? Hell yes. From the very first time I saw the trailer, I knew that this was a film I had to see. When I found out that Magic Mike is in fact, in part, based up Channing Tatum’s own experiences as a 19 year old stripper, I was even more intrigued by this film. Whilst on the surface this may look like a superficial film designed to attract women to their local cinemas for a legalised strip show, there are actually some deeper themes explored within this movie. Tatum’s character is one who is only in the stripping industry to earn money so that he can start up his own business, so it’s not all about women, money and sex.
The story is basically about a guy, Adam, a slacker, who moves to Tampa to find work whilst sleeping on his sister’s couch. On his first day of work at a construction site, he meets Mike, who is less than pleased to be working with him. The very same evening, Adam is wandering the streets and bumps into Mike outside a club and after a some persuasion, Mike agrees to get Adam in. Mike decides to string Adam along, subtley getting him to help draw in customers for that night’s show in return for a little money. When Adam finds out what sort of business Mike is in, he’s startled to say the least, but after a small taste in the limelight and lots of money to show for it, Adam decides to give it a real go. Mike and Adam soon become the best of buds, but it’s not long before they run into some trouble.
The acting was absolutely brilliant in this film, not to mention the incredibly sexy dancing. Channing Tatum is well known for his epic dance skills having appeared in numerous Step Up movies and the like, but he really surpassed himself with these cool and sexy moves. Every time I see him dance, I find myself asking how he can physically make his body move the way he does as I’m sure if I tried to imitate the same moves, I would look like a floundering jellyfish. Tatum has really shown himself to be an incredibly talented actor of late, being able to pull off sexy, cool and funny but also, serious, moving and thoughtful.
I was a little dubious about the dancing/stripping skills of Alex Pettyfer and Matthew McConaughey, but they showed audiences that they’re not afraid to take their clothes off and get down and dirty either. Matthew McConaughey might be getting on in years, but he’s still as sexy as ever. You can see that Alex Pettyfer is trying very hard to move away from any sort of movie aimed at teeangers as he’s played quite hardcore bad boys in his recent films. I was quite impressed by the level of maturity that he was able to convey through his character, Adam, and I’m sure that we’ll be seeing him taking on roles in even bigger and even more mature films in the future.
If you’re one of those people that can’t even say the word ‘sex’ without feeling a little awkward, then this definitely isn’t the film for you. My seventeen year old friend who is the most naive and sexually-clueless being to ever walk the earth came out of this film extremely flustered, repeating ‘there was humping‘. If you think you’re one of those people, don’t watch this movie – you will probably die of embarassment about half way through the film. If, on the other hand, you love watching guys taking their clothes off and getting hot and sweaty, then this is the movie for you. A considerably large part of this film is dedicated to their ‘performances’ and the like so prepare to be fully entertained! The dances are brilliantly choreagraphed and executed perfectly. Now I have absolutely no issues with on screen sex or nudity, but even I was slightly taken aback at some of the ‘dance’ moves. This movie really is very, very sexual.
Whilst the first part is all fun and games, things start to get serious in the second half as Adam runs into trouble and Mike finds himself caught up in it too. Mike isn’t in the industry because he’s too lazy to find a real job, on the contrary, he’s doing it because it pays well and he’s saving up so that he can start his own furniture business. As the film goes on, you can see that Mike is becoming less and less satisfied with his night time job and this is where the ‘deeper’ elements of the film come in. These parts allow Tatum to showcase another side to acting, which is the complete opposite of the funny, sexy Mike from the first half.
All in all, I was really impressed with Magic Mike. One of the only reasons I went to see it was because it looked so damn entertaining, but in fact there was actually a deeper story running underneath those naked bodies. I was slightly disappointed at the end of the movie because I didn’t feel like that film had really come to close, but there will be a sequel, so hopefully we’ll find out a bit more about where Adam and Mike end up later on. I would highly recommend this movie if you’re in the mood to be entertained because it’s laugh-out-loud funny but also heartbreaking at times. The acting is absolutely spot on and the dancing is pure perfection so this film is real quality, despite its sleazy look.