Friday, July 6, 2012

My Review of “Magic Mike”

The AMC 14 was packed.

Teen girls clutching free posters of Katy Perry, devoted Spiderman fans standing in line behind velvet ropes, and a theater FULL of women chatting about “Fifty Shades” and Christian Grey while waiting to see “Magic Mike”.
It was all so promising, right down to the opening scene in which Matthew McConaughey told a crowd of zealous women about the “touch and no touch zones”. (For the record, anything goes.) The momentum kept going at full speed into the second scene, which opened with a shot of Channing Tatum’s bare bum and quickly revealed not one, but two ladies had spent the night in his bed.

After that, however, the film developed a multiple personality disorder, constantly flipping between two genres.
On the one hand it was as advertised, a rollicking good time about a stripper with a heart of gold and a body that...well, let’s just say if I could go see Channing Tatum dance I’d leave the singles at home...tens and twenties, baby! But there were darker moments in the film as well. I don’t want to ruin the movie for anyone, but a teacup pig eating vomit off the floor the “morning after” is a bit of a mood kill in my book. All in all, not quite the romantic comedy the movie’s trailer made it out to be.

So my advice to you is this: wait for the DVD to come out. That way you can invite your friends over, have a few cocktails, and replay the dancing scenes over and over. In the meantime, open a bottle of wine and watch the trailer a few dozen times. All the best parts are there anyway.

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