I reviewed Magic Mike when it was released in theaters, but how does it stand up to repeat viewings?
Magic Mike is your classic “boy meets guy, boy gets involved in male stripping, boy gets hooked on drugs and ruins everything and guy has to save boy’s annoying butt and win over boy’s older sister at the same time” story.
I really said all there is to say about Magic Mike in my theatrical review and my thoughts on the film haven’t changed. Watching the film again with my roommate who is huge into dance, helped to point out how great a dancer Channing Tatum really is. I could kind of tell, but what do I know about dancing?
The dancing scenes still heat up the room, and the drama is still very tepid at best. McConaughey still steals the show and Tatum still proves he’s a better dancer than actor.
However, watching the film with two women showed me that for those who are into the film for what it has to offer (hot sweat dancing half naked guys) then this is a film that is going to get watched over and over again.
I still think it’s pretty okay, but it’s obvious that there are those out there who love Magic Mike and will help keep it alive for years to come.
This film is presented in 2.4:1 widescreen and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. This is a great looking film. Soderbergh has more than proven he knows how to shoot his films, and he does a fantastic job here.
Extended Dance Scenes: (8 min.) You get three full dance scenes that were part of the montages in the film. Dance Play Mode: (18 min.) This film really knows who its audience is. Play all the dance scenes in the film without bothering with that pesky plot. Backstage on Magic Mike: (7 min.) In case there was any doubt, yes Tatum did all his own dancing in this film and this making of proves it.
Magic Mike really has a very specific audience: Straight women and gay men. And that’s great, at least it has an audience. And it’s a very passionate audience. Straight men, you want to make your lady happy, I mean really happy? Rent this one and actually watch it with them. They’ll thank you and you’ll thank me.
Warner Bros. presents Magic Mike. Written by: Reid Carolin. Directed by: Steven Soderbergh. Starring: Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer and Cody Horn. Running time: 110 minutes. Rating: R. Released: October 23, 2012. Available at Amazon.com.