MOVIE REVIEW: MAGIC MIKE (2012)Posted: July 2, 2012
Running time: 1 hour, 50 minutes
Cast: Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Cody Horn
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Magic Mike is a perfect “Girls Night Out” film- it’s funny, sexy, and entertaining, but also contains enough drama to keep the plot from becoming dull.
Channing Tatum stars as Mike, a seasoned stripper who has saved up thousands of dollars so he can keep his clothes on and start up his own custom-made furniture company. He’s a very likeable character and often gives the appearance that life is going well for him. The truth is, he’s frustrated by the banks that won’t give him the financial support that he needs to start his business, and he’s also pining after the lovely Joanna, who is protrayed by a very charismatic Olivia Munn.
Mike has a day job as a roof tiler, and that’s how he meets the slacker Adam (Alex Pettyfer), who eventually becomes “The Kid” and serves as Mike’s protegee at the strip club Xquisite. Adam picks up the stripper lifestyle too quick and too hard, and this becomes the central focus of the drama that unfolds throughout the film.
I think Pettyfer has a nice talent for playing young, rebellious, James Dean-type of characters. In 2011 he played a snarky teenager in Beastly, and his attempts to be humorous seemed stiff. He seems more comfortable in Magic Mike and delivers some funny zingers that will almost make you forget that his character Adam is such a loser.
Of course, the best moments of the film are the strip scenes. The men are hot, physically fit, perfectly oiled, limber, and in one case, very well-endowed. The strip scenes look like big production numbers, with incredibly lighting and fist pumping music. My favorite part of the film was Mike’s dance to Ginuwine’s “Pony”, which is surprisingly the one time he remains almost completely clothed on stage. Matthew McConaughey is an awesome scene-stealer as an ex-stripper and the shady owner of Xquisite. I’m hoping he’ll continue to get fun roles like this and stay away from the lame rom-coms that he starred in throughout the 2000s.
I also noticed some unintentionally funny moments, courtesy of former wrestler Kevin Nash who portrays the stripper Tarzan. I’m not sure who cast Nash in this film, and I certainly don’t know *why* they did it, but his dance routines were awkward and very cringe-worthy. He couldn’t even do a series of jumping jacks- instead of jumping up and down, he stood there and flapped his arms. Very disappointing.
I can’t say that I loved Magic Mike, but I had fun watching it! What are your thoughts about Magic Mike?