Excerpt: If the only role Channing Tatum is capable bringing anything like charisma, humanism and likeability to is an aging male stripper, we still get a good movie out of it and that is almost worth all of the “Dear Johns” in the world.
Excerpt: The Film We're used to seeing Matthew McConaughey sans shirt. However, there's finally a movie that actually calls for McConaughey to show off those perpetually glistening abs. And glisten they do, but McConaughey is not the main character in Magic Mike . That title role goes to Channing Tatum ( 21 Jump Street ), who supposedly based the film on his own pre-movie stripping experiences.
Conclusion: Believe me, I didn't think I'd being able to tolerate 'Magic Mike,' much less enjoy it. Steven Soderbergh can craft a sly character drama out of any genre, and he's done it again here. He's created a darkly humorous cautionary tale where a much-maligned actor like Channing Tatum can actually do what he does best – dance and be funny. If you weren't going to give this movie a chance I'd urge you to give it a shot, especially if you're a Soderbergh fan.
Excerpt: Construction worker. Stripper. Aspiring furniture maker. Entrepreneur. Mike Martingano (Channing Tatum, 21 Jump Street ) is a 30 year old Tampa resident who has the world by its satin g-string covered balls. He's at the top of his game, with his eyes on the prize, raising enough cash to convince the bank he's right for a small business loan that would make his dream of producing high end custom furniture come true.
Conclusion: For all its flash and sizzle, Magic Mike will go down as a lesser film in Soderbergh's canon. It has that patented Soderbergh spark, that unconventional indie hook. But not in every regard, and certainly not when it comes to every aspect of the movie. Tatum, McConaughey, Munn and a string of impressive dance sequences defy expectation. Everything else? Not so much. Just don't tell that to Warner Bros.
Excerpt: My wife must not know what to think of me. I mean really, her husband has been looking forward to a movie about male strippers! Male strippers! All kidding aside, I really am a fan of pretty much anything Stephen Soderbergh puts out. Even his lesser-known films have intrigued me. So when I saw the previews for Magic Mike , starring Channing Tatum (whose been in just about every movie in the last two years), I really didn’t know what to think.
Excerpt: Florida, no matter how old you are, is where you go to feel younger, whether it's retirees recreating summer camp with long days full of games or twenty-somethings reliving the days of spring break with all-nighters at the club. With no seasons and acres of startlingly identical architecture, Florida-- or more specifically Tampa, the setting of Magic Mike -- is a place where the good life is also a holding pattern, where you start doing one thing that feels great and...
Excerpt: There’s no denying that Magic Mike is a film about the world of male stripping. Filled with naked, muscular flesh and screaming fans clamoring for more of it, it’s planted firmly in the world of men who enact over-the-top fantasies of masculinity to make a living, one dollar bill at a time. But it’s as much about just that : making a living, one dollar bill at a time. The characters in Magic Mike seem to enjoy stripping well enough, but it’s no one’s first career choice.
Conclusion: The final act has an inevitable wavering patch when the film is obliged to tut-tut about the shallowness of the stripping, drinking, bantering, carousing and whooping it has previously enjoyed, but this is terrific entertainment with a sideline in wry melancholia and testosterone-fuelled philosophy. Have 20 dollars.