|June 29, 2012|
|Warner Bros. Pictures|
Rated R for pervasive sexual content, brief graphic nudity, language and some drug use
Male strippers. You’re either on board or you’re not. Regardless, Steven Soderbergh steps behind this female fantasy inducing feature “Magic Mike” which is apparently also a partial biopic about the early life of lead actor Channing Tatum. Relying heavily on the dances of the men involved, if you have any reservations about Chippendale dancers, then steer clear of this film, because there’s no missing the thrusting crotches and constantly male butt cheeks involved. All skin aside, “Magic Mike” does have a softer side, with Mike’s (Tatum) relationships outside of work and his aspirations beyond just being a male revue dancer. The progression of Alex Pettyfer as Adam “The Kid” is entertaining enough, as he steps in the world of male stripping at nineteen and becomes a drug-selling mess of bad ideas and trouble.
Mike eventually forms a natural connection with Adam’s sister, Brooke (Cody Horn). Together, Horn and Tatum produce a very realistic chemistry with a shot selection and dialogue that creates a lifelike dynamic to their connection. Tatum is either a very natural actor, who can deliver like they’re his very own words, or he’s just good an projecting his actual personality with no acting needed. Either way, his performance is believable and with Matthew McConaughey and Olivia Munn delivering above average performances as well, they’re able to keep Tatum above-par as well. “Magic Mike” ascends above its stigma and gives another interesting prerogative from eclectic director Soderbergh and despite its extremely in-depth journey into the world of male revue, there is a strong dramatic sense at its core.