Magic Mike (2012)
Starring: Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Olivia Munn
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh
Written By: Reid Carolin
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 50 min
By day Magic Mike (Channing Tatum) lives in a yellow hued fantasy. By night he’s a player in a full Technicolor showcase. Trading fantasy and flesh with women looking to flirt with the boundaries of morality. To live a little on the wild side, and satisfy some basic animal urges for a safe amount of time before returning to the real world.
For Mike, or any person male or female that makes ends meet by being the focus of sexual desire. This simple recipe for existence is backwards, and the ‘life of the party’ just craves an honest relationship and a shot at a regular life.
Worshiped as a finely sculpted object of desire, the lure of this seemingly ‘free’ life is powerful. But when Mike takes on a young apprentice called Adam (Alex Pettyfer). He only sees his own failings mirrored back.
I shouldn’t have been surprised how introspective this film was. Since it was our friend Steven Soderbergh at the helm after all. The film entertains with dazzling dance performances and light shows, but also gives its players heart and soul. It’s a window into the lives of male strippers. Good people who live just outside society’s norms. Enjoying the many freedoms and pleasures, but ultimately showing us this is a zero-sum game. Candles that burn a little too brightly.
If you’re looking for fun, flesh and lots of handsome male actors taking their clothes off, then this might not be exactly what you’re looking for. It has all that, but it also has more to offer. Be prepared to think of these characters in more than one dimension. Magic Mike is rated R for sexual content, language, and of course, nudity.
Steven Soderbergh’s trademark filtered look is interesting, and he certainly likes to look at regular subjects from irregular angles. This film however will be serviced decently enough with a HD rental on a nice big TV.
Channing Tatum. His performance is the single best reason to see this film. He nails the more subtle points in his performance, and also brings a lot of charm to his character. Oh, and he can freakin’ dance too!