I’ve let my wife pick too many movies lately, and then this happened. Magic Mike was selected on-demand and I apprehensively watched it. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I had anticipated, but it still wasn’t great. I give Magic Mike the rating of Decent Watch.
Magic Mike (Channing Tatum) is a male stripper takes a young kid named Adam (Alex Pettyfer) under his muscular wing. Together Adam learns how to party, pick up women, and make easy money even if his sister Brooke (Cody Horn) objects.
I didn’t realize Steven Soderbergh directed this film until after I watched it. In that stance, there wasn’t really anything I noticed wrong with the film in terms of direction or production. The story is pretty straight forward. Adam is having a hard time finding direction in his life and meets Mike at a random odd job found on craigslist. Mike helps him out after his car doesn’t start and again later by getting him into a nightclub. Mike uses that to have Adam help recruit girls to the male strip club he works at Adam gets thrust into the lifestyle.
Channing Tatum is still the best part of this film. Tatum’s charm won me over again despite having a strong supporting cast with one of my favorite actors, Matthew McConaughey, and Olivia Munn, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez, and Kevin Nash. He was an actor that I never gave a chance until 21 Jump Street. Tatum then impressed me more with the odd role he took in This is the End. His comedic presence and charisma pouring out of his doofy smile really works. His connection with both Olivia Munn’s Joanna and Cody Horn’s Brooke are really heartfelt and earned my compassion.
Some bland characters
On the other hand, I found Adam too be a bit of a bland a weak character. He’s really the one that seems he should be a co-star, but he’s just a means for Mike to overcome his current situation. He is a fish out of water who soon finds himself in over his head. It allows Mike the chance to be the hero again, a theme the film really wants to make sure we get. Mike is a good guy, and don’t you forget it…now watch him dance and take his clothes off.
It’s not a horribly film and there isn’t full male nudity. Well, there is one scene that I’m pretty sure wasn’t actually male nudity, but it could have been. There are enough funny moments and lots of “Alright, Alright, Alright,” that make the movie tolerable. I wouldn’t’ sit through it again, but I’m not totally upset that I did.