Thanks to Roadshow Films, we had the chance to see Magic Mike before its Australian cinematic release. This is our review of the film – but as usual – no matter what we say; we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because: There is no better critic than yourself!
Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the film tells the story of Adam (Alex Pettyfer) who moves to Tampa, Florida for a new life and meets a local character Mike Lane (Channing Tatum) at his local construction job. After being fired on the first day, he catches Mike entering a night-club where he works as a stripper known as Magic Mike, alongside Ken (Matt Bomer), Tito (Adam Rodriguez), Big Dick Richie ( Joe Manganiello) and Dallas (Matthew McConaughey). As fate would have it, Tarzan was unable to perform from drug overdose so Mike convinced Adam to fill in who became an instant hit with the customers and joins Xquisite as ‘The Kid’.
Partly based on the true experiences of Tatum as a 19-year old stripper in Tampa, the story is essentially about an old timer male stripper showing a young performer how to party, pick up women and earn easy money. Full of sex, drugs and alcohol, Adam delves into the excessive lifestyle of the Xquisite dancers, forming relations with drug dealers and clients which causes him trouble eventually. Yet amidst all the madness, Mike has a dream to open a custom-made furniture business and decides to pursue it, whilst falling in love with Adam’s sister Brooke.
Probably because the movie channels personal history, Tatum is able to project a memorable character (himself!) and presence, eradicating his past performance flaws such as mumbling, monotonous expression and stiff mannerisms. The ease in which he acts, moves and dances as Magic Mike quite impresses us, even with the likes of old-pro-charming-as-usual Matthew McConaughey and steaming hot Joe Manganiello rivaling for attention in this lady killer flick
However, the storyline is messy and confuses you throughout the film like the writers can’t make up their mind what scene to put next. It strives too hard to be taken seriously by trying to shed light on male strippers’ lifestyle when (if) clever use of comedy can achieve a greater effect. This reminds us of the far more successful female version Burlesque (Cher, Christina Aguilera) in wonderfully mixing drama, entertainment, romance, humor and tasteful musical numbers to make it a hit. Unfortunately Magic Mike fails in this aspect and struggle to define itself with great elements working against each other, not together to create a cohesive piece.
But we must applaud the superb choreography in this film, working very well with the catchy soundtrack to fashion the sexiness,desire and momentum needed for a (dare we say it)stripper flick. Just judging from the audience reaction in the cinema, we know the promo for Magic Mike on TV is no overstatement – ‘This month, ladies, your boyfriend will be inadequate’
Overall, Magic Mike is an average flick plot wise with much room for improvement but we believe not many people (especially female!) are going for the technicality of the movie, are they!? With so much eye candies in the film making their moves, we won’t be surprised at all if any male audience gets jealoused that their girlfriends cannot take their eyes off the screen (perhaps some scenes may be the epitome of female fantasy, particularly the one in the begin-ning of the trailer!) Fancy a Girls-Night-Out, anyone? Cause this is the PERFECT choice!!!
Magic Mike open in cinemas around Australia on 26 July 2012.