We men feel comfortable watching prostitutes, strippers and more of those likes when it’s women inhabiting the parts.That interest shifts once it’s a male stripper, let alone a whole movie about them.
So director Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven, Traffic) has his work cut out for him, and with ‘Magic Mike’ he somewhat succeeds.
As mentioned in the synopsis, Magic Mike (Channing Tatum) is the lead of the movie, a charming 30 year old male stripper who comes across a promising talent called Adam (Alex Pettyfer) and decides to help him into the world of male stripping.
Now granted: the subject isn’t exactly the kind of thing you’d see yourself renting at the videostore, but it does make for an interesting subject. Channing Tatum has grown into quite a ranged actor by now, and after showing he has comedic skills in ’21 Jump Street’ he now shows us he has quite some debt as an actor as well.
Mike is trying to make it as a constructer of custom furniture, funding that dream with stripper money, and he has a certain sad quality about him. That promising guy that just doesn’t quite make it, and he plays it with verve. Adam on the other hand is an obnoxious deadbeat, who does nothing with his life and doesn’t plan on doing so either. This kind of ruined the movie a bit, since he is hard to care for and a huge focus for the story.
On top of that we get his sister Brooke (Cody Horn) who was as obnoxious to me as her little brother was. She’s uptight and frankly, not beautiful at all, considering Mike rakes in the wannabe Victoria’s Secret® models one at a time, it’s hard to see him getting a romantic interest in her.
Furthermore there’s Matthew McConaughey as Dallas, the stripclub owner, his part was easily the best of the movie. A bigmouthed guy who runs things the way he wants to. All in all, looking at the rather basic story and uneven performances it’s a mixed bag in the end.
Having 5 buffed up actors portraying the remaining strippers worked wonders for my girlfriend, but not so much for me.
I came away with a doublesided feeling to it all.
Channing was great, the direction and style was a plus, but the lack of depth in the story and individual characters made it just meh for me.