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Magic Mike Film Review: Funny, Sexy and Cool

 
 

Magic Mike Film Review: Funny, Sexy and Cool not Crude

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.

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27 Comments

  1. 9th March 2016 / 5:25 PM

    I really enjoyed Magic Mike, it was a great film with lots more to it than the stripping!

    • 18th March 2016 / 1:14 PM

      That’s what I thought too! Wish more people knew that as most people see it as a seedy film..

  2. Angela Milnes
    9th March 2016 / 6:57 PM

    I’ve not seen this but might add this to my to watch list!

  3. Leanne Dolan
    9th March 2016 / 7:57 PM

    I actually didn’t like Magic Mike! I found it so cringey! So many of my friends love it though!

    • 18th March 2016 / 1:14 PM

      I can see why you’d find it cringe to be honest. With films like this you always need to look past that it find the good stuff!

  4. Beautyqueenuk
    9th March 2016 / 9:06 PM

    I want to see this, it has been on my list for ages x

  5. Rhian Westbury
    9th March 2016 / 9:07 PM

    I actually didn’t realise that this was partially made on Channing’s life! x

  6. 9th March 2016 / 9:24 PM

    I have not sen this yet but maybe will try to it sounds like a good film.

  7. 9th March 2016 / 9:31 PM

    oh yes I have seen this and would watch it again as was a great film

  8. Louise
    9th March 2016 / 10:36 PM

    Great review! It took me a while to watch this film too because I thought it would literally just be about stripping but it’s not! Also I just found out Alex Pettyfer is from a town right near me which is awesome because he’s such a babe, I definitely preferred him/his character to Channing Tatum’s! x

    • 18th March 2016 / 1:15 PM

      Yes Alex Pettier is a favourite of mine! ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s cool that he’s from near you, which town are you from? That can be your claim to fame! haha

  9. 10th March 2016 / 12:28 AM

    I’ve been meaning to watch this movie. It’s great that it has elements of comedy and drama.

  10. Elizabeth
    10th March 2016 / 6:23 AM

    I treated myself to a cinema night while visiting Birmingham when this film came out. Can’t say I was very impressed by it, to be honest!

  11. 10th March 2016 / 9:08 AM

    This is usually not my kind of movie but I will want to watch this when it comes on tv or Netflix.

  12. Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    10th March 2016 / 11:16 AM

    Can you believe that I still haven’t seen this. I really want to see it though.

  13. Jessica Dearnley
    10th March 2016 / 12:49 PM

    I love Magic Mike, Channing is in my top three crushes. Definitely a good film to watch with the girls.

  14. Cassandra Mayers
    10th March 2016 / 2:08 PM

    Not my sort of film at all lol Men Dancing about. Makes me cringe a little. lol

  15. Tori Gabriel
    10th March 2016 / 5:40 PM

    Oh my God. You are going to laugh at me but I thought Magic Mike was a kids movie! This is what Mum brain does to you. After reading your review I don’t think I’ll be taking my kids along. Me, on the other hand….

    • 18th March 2016 / 1:11 PM

      haha, this cracked me up. You’ve avoided a very awkward situation by reading this ๐Ÿ˜€

    • 18th March 2016 / 1:36 PM

      hahaha Oh Tori :’) Not sure what ever gave you that impression but I’m happy you now know the truth!

  16. 10th March 2016 / 10:02 PM

    My sister loves this film! I have to be honest, I am not a fan. Much rather watch titanic lol

  17. kitty kaos
    12th March 2016 / 9:23 AM

    I still haven’t seen this film I am waiting for the Mr to go out for the night haha x

  18. Rachael Phillips
    12th March 2016 / 1:11 PM

    i’m another one that still hasn’t seen this film lol, and it’s strange because its right up my street

    • 18th March 2016 / 1:35 PM

      In that case you must watch it Rachael! The sequel isn’t bad either ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. 16th March 2016 / 11:20 AM

    Must admit this isn’t something I’d watch tbh, but I looooove Joe!

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